Hello everyone and welcome back to the Top 10 feature on the site where we countdown our top 10 on a certain subject. This week, I am honoring the eventual release of South Park: The Stick of Truth with my list of the Top 10 References to Video Games in South Park. So without further ado, I present to you my top 10 South Park Video Game References.
Coming in at #10 is Chinpokomon which is the South Park Parody of Nintendo’s Pokemon Series. In the episode, Japan release a new franchise called Chinpokomon which releases as a TV Show, Video Game & Toys which are used by the Japanese to recruit children to bomb Pearl Harbor a Second time. In addition to this, A Voice Actress from the game hypnotizes the boys by using flashing lights and teaching them commands with broken English. Its also worth noting that the Chinpokomon make a return as collectables in Stick of Truth.
9. Make Love Not Warcraft
At #9 is Make Love Not Warcraft which saw the boys trying to take down an expert gamer on World of Warcraft who constantly killed their characters and brought panic to Blizzard. The episode was great as it was different in terms of animation style with part of the episode being done in traditional South Park style & The rest being actual World of Warcraft gameplay with the Characters Voices. This is one of the best South Park episodes to date and remains a must watch episode.
8. Heaven & Hell
Coming in at #8 is Heaven & Hell which revolves around the Sony PSP. In the episode, Kenny gets a PSP and gets the highest score for a video game on the entire planet. When Kenny is killed again, Its revealed the PSP was sent down by Heaven to find the next Keanu Reeves to help them defeat the armies of Satan. This was a great episode with lots of laughs; Especially Cartman’s efforts to inherit Kenny’s PSP after he dies.
7. Guitar Queer-o
Ok so there is 2 entries from this episode in the list but coming in at #7 is Guitar Hero. In the episode, Guitar Queer-O; Stan & Kyle are attempting a perfect score on Activision series; Guitar Hero and through the course of the episode fall out with each other because Stan wants to make it as a rockstar.
6. L.A. Noire
At #6, We have L.A. Noire. This Parody/Reference tackles some of the gameplay from L.A. Noire from Rockstar. In the snippet from the episode You’re Getting Old in which Stan criticizes the game saying “Argh, that shitty game? Who plays video games to listen to a bunch of characters talk and press the X button?”.
Ok I know this one is a little bit of a cheat but its still gaming related. At #5 is the Tron Parody where Stan gets sucked in to Facebook after his profile gets a life of its own. The episode features numerous Facebook references such as people inside the facebook world saying Ignore unless Stan answers their friend requests and even a point where Stan goes into Farmville to destroy Kyle’s Farm to get his help. It also uses board game Yahtzee as a primary form of Battle in the cyber world.
Coming in at 4 is the Wii episode where Cartman is to impatient waiting for the Nintendo Wii to launch so he decides to cryogenically freeze himself on the mountain and asks Butters to unfreeze him before release however an Avalanche covers Cartman and he gets awaken 100’s of years later when the Wii is part of an ancient history museum and Video Games no longer exist. This episode truly showcased the hype the Nintendo Wii had which made this episode all the funnier.
3. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
Punching its way into #3 is Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11. This episode was released around the time Tiger Woods was taken to court for beating his wife. Of course it was guaranteed South Park would parody it with Cartman & Stan playing the game thinking its going to be a boring golf game when the golfers through their clubs away and start kicking the crap out of each other. This episode was hilarious and showed that if the actual PGA Tour 11 was like that, Golf games would be awesome.
2. Heroin Hero
The second entry from episode Guitar Queer-O. This parody is once again ripped off from Guitar Hero but is under the name, Heroin Hero. This game is played by fan favorite; Randy Marsh as he plays the game in which the player has to stick a Heroin needle into their arm and chase a pink dragon through a Magical Enchanted forest to relieve stress. When Randy plays the game for too long, He starts to get the symptoms of actual Heroin use.
1. Black Friday
For obvious reasons, My #1 entry on this list is the Black Friday Trilogy. The trilogy parodies 3 things in particular; Game of Thrones, Black Friday Shoppers & The Console War between PS4 & Xbox One. In the episode, The boys dress up in their Medieval costumes from South Park: The Stick of Truth and fighting over whether to get the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One which as usual on South Park leads to Chaos, Death & More. There is even a reference to a certain fighting game when Bill Gates & The Head of Sony have a final showdown in a restaraunt. There is also a reference to Metal Gear Solid V.
So thats it for my top 10 list of South Park Video Game Parodies but what did you think? Did you agree with my choices? Who is your favorite South Park Character? Which parody on my list is your favorite? Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn & Reddit. Until next time, This is the UGNN Top 10.
As a special treat for reading this, Below is the South Park opening for the 2012 VGA’s and remember; South Park: The Stick of Truth is available now from all good retailers on PS3, X360 & PC thanks to Ubisoft.
Article by Matthew McNamee