Many of us have wondered what our favorite games would look like in real life. Sometimes we even imagine stepping into them ourselves! The truth of the matter is, however, that 99.9% of video games would be a total wreck in the real world, and these examples from some of YouTube's most courageous pranksters and filmmakers will have you laughing, crying, and most of all—thankful Mario's not about to throw a shell at your car.
From Pac-Man to Grand Theft Auto to Mario and even Pokémon, here are some of the funniest, craziest, and most ridiculous video game pranks known to man.
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Pac-Man and the ever-tenacious ghosts wreak havoc in department stores and golf courses before getting tackled by security in this hilarious gem from French prankster Rémi Gaillard.
2. Mario Kart
Even Mario needs to stop for a bite to eat every now and then! But then it's right back to the streets in this real-life take on Super Mario Kart from Young Productions.
But there are so many good Mario Kart vids out there, we couldn't include just one!
Rémi Gaillard is back to his old tricks again, tossing banana peels and turtles out of the back of his go-kart (and even running away from the police!) in this epic Mario Kart parody through the streets of France.
3. Metal Gear Solid
Solid Snake faces his toughest mission yet: Infiltrating a public mall. Watch him slither and crawl his way past mall-goers and department store clerks, hide under his trademark box, and assassinate evil-doers in this hilarious video from Giga Games.
4. Slender Man
Would you be terrified of a man on stilts in a white mask and suit in the middle of the park at night? Or would you just think he's another "weirdo?" Opinions abound in this guffaw-worthy video from Joog Squad, which places Slender Man in all sorts of amusing locations.
5. Grand Theft Auto 5
Grand Theft Auto prank vids abound, but this beauty, where the pranksters actually pretend to be Michael, Franklin and Trevor is by far my favorite. They go on heists, attempt to steal bikes, run around in their skivvies, and just plain act like crazies in this delightfully entertaining production from Giga Games.
6. Assassin's Creed
You've never seen moves like these before! Real-life parkour aficionado Connor of NosTeraFuTV puts his skills to good use in a hilarious vid that has Desmond Miles running, jumping, swinging, and climbing throughout this German city, all the while getting the strangest looks from passers-by...
7. Donkey Kong(a)
When Donkey Kong's not putting a stop to King K. Rool and his nefarious plans, he's pounding up a storm on his congas! Now he's even taken to entertaining humans with his jungle beats in this vid from video game prank master Mega64.
8. Super Mario Bros. 3
Mega64's parody vids are so amusing, we couldn't resist including another one. This time they tackle Super Mario Bros. 3 and everybody's favorite power-up, Kuribo's Shoe! Unfortunately, it doesn't work quite as well in real life...
The Dudesons on YouTube have an entire series of absolutely gut-busting videos following the real-life Minecraft adventures of Steve and Steve as they hunt for diamonds and take out Creepers. Oh, and run into a little trouble here and there...
What happens when Pokémon have their revenge? This prank vid from fadeoutTrashTV explores this exact concept, pitting Pikachus vs. random people on the street as they toss giant Pokéballs at passers-by in an attempt to catch 'em all.
11. Fallout 4
What's more valuable than gold? Why, bottle caps of course! Which is exactly what user "That Brown Nerd" kills people for in this ridiculous Fallout 4 parody vid. The best part is watching everyone's reactions to each attack... as well as the time he almost gets arrested.
12. The Sims
For being a game based on real life, The Sims sure doesn't transfer well into real life. Awkwardness abounds as YouTuber user Kim Sukkerdrops becomes a larger-than-life Sim in this parody video that has him sitting down at tables with people he doesn't know, randomly doing push-ups in the middle of a mall, talking in Simlish and "flirting" with girls. Let's just be glad we're not actually Sims.
13. Super Mario Bros.
All our examples until now have been goofy, silly, and oftentimes awkward, but this last video game prank from YouTube user AreWeFamousNow will have you sporting the dorkiest grin known to man. Watch Mario and Bowser delight kids in the park, all the while teaching them lessons about forgiveness, giving them gifts, and letting themselves get tackled to the ground. A video game "awww" moment if we ever saw one.
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