All of the Times in The Sopranos where someone is playing a videogame

First, a crosspost from the thread for Episode 329 of the podcast, called The Nephew Line:

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I started watching _The Sopranos,_ partly because of the discussion on this week's episode, but also partly because I've been meaning to for a while.

James Gandolfini (RIP) was in his late 30s then! That's crazy.

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I might have missed a few between episodes 2 and 7 from Season 1, but, here is Anthony Jr. playing Blast Corps:

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It's so awkward how he's kinda just standing in the middle of their huge upper middle class (sorta) suburban Italian American house. Remember when controllers had wires?

these might be the only two posts in the thread



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@“MoH”#p157831 these might be the only two posts in the thread

Good news!

Season 2, I think Episode 9, the certified Gamer Gangster Anthony Junior aka "AJ" Soprano is shown playing _Pokémon Pinball_ on one of the best standard color variations of the Game Boy Color, the Teal.

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The game is easy to identify due to that big chunky cartridge, which apparently was a rumble feature, and, which, in retrospect, sounds like it sucks.

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And we're going to keep it further 90s here in the very next episode where AJ is shown playing the most Insert Credit console yet:

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According to some random Reddit post, the game is _CART: Flag to Flag_ aka _Super Speed Racing スーパースピードレーシング,_ which was a launch title for the Sega Dreamcast.

As he exits the scene, he turns the TV off, but he does not turn the console off.

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@“Gaagaagiins”#p158872 As he exits the scene, he turns the TV off, but he does not turn the console off.

which is why he’ll never be a varsity athlete

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@“Gaagaagiins”#p158870 one of the best standard color variations of the Game Boy Color, the Teal

teal gbc supremacy!

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This is outside of the premise of the thread but it's relevant enough to be included in this thread.

One of the times in _The Sopranos_ where a plot point involves something adjacent to videogames:

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..and you BEST BELIEVE they all pronounced it as Pokeyman!!

As someone who's never been able to get past the first episode of The Sopranos (I have a TV allergy), I am consistently surprised at what a delight this thread is turning out to be.

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thanks to this thread i started rewatching and was reminded there are not one but two ulver posters in the sopranos household


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(if curious why that’s a little funny):

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qhDMDV6kO-4&pp=ygUHVWx2ZXIgaQ%3D%3D

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@“MoH”#p159212 thanks to this thread i started rewatching and was reminded there are not one but two ulver posters in the sopranos

Please let me know if you find any instances between episode 2 and 7

Another NON entry… but arguably one of significance… Season 3, Episode 3:

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Tony Soprano showing his virulent anti-gamer sentiment...

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how are you enjoying the show @Gaagaagiins ? I think it’s great imo

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@“yeso”#p159250 how are you enjoying the show @Gaagaagiins ? I think it’s great imo

It is pretty terrible if I'm being honest... ||within the context of this thread. There is barely any gameplay footage (none at all of _Pokémon Pinball!)_ or discussion of gameplay or hardware features. I mean, would it have killed them to put in at least a few reviews or to point out the uniqueness of _Pokémon Pinball's_ Rumble capabilities, or the innovative approach of the Dreamcast controller's VMU functionality?|| Absolutely pitiful.

I wonder if that PS2 game is any good. It probably is

@“yeso”#p159250 In other regards, however, I shared my thoughts in a more appropriate thread.

Another pseudo entry. Season 3, Episode 7:

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We can assume that Certified Gamer Gangster Anthony Junior aka “AJ” Soprano certainly played the PlayStation 2 that was right in the hotel room, but it is somewhat within the realm of possibility that he did not have time, or the selection of games available for loan at the hotel was not up to his discerning tastes. To momentarily hearken back to a previous entry in this thread, one of my only memories of _Blast Corps._ besides seeing the box at Blockbuster and never renting it was also seeing that it was available for loan at a hotel I once stayed in as a kid, I think either on the way to somewhere or at Disneyworld (yes, I grew up in a "Disneyworld once or twice" working class household).

From what I can tell from some cursory research, Season 3 of _The Sopranos_ was shot between September and December of 2000, and aired between March and May of 2001. That meant that the PlayStation 2 was brand spanking new at time of filming in North America, it having launched there in November 2000. Certified Gamer Gangster Anthony Junior aka “AJ” Soprano must have been staying at a pretty nice hotel, for there to be a brand new gaming console right in the room!

This also means that the selection of PlayStation 2 launch or launch window titles that Certified Gamer Gangster Anthony Junior aka “AJ” Soprano could have been playing as loaned to him in a hotel room by the hotel in Washington D.C. was relatively limited. What do **_you_** think him and his school chums were playing? _X-Squad? Unreal Tournament 2? Orphen: Scion of Sorcery? Timesplitters? Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2? Fantavision?_ Leave your thoughts in the posts below!