The Top Ten: Fictional games

We've done make-believe villains, buildings, countries and fiction. Now this, suggested by Isabel

John Rentoul
Sunday 03 January 2016 01:42 GMT
Quidditch, as seen in the Harry Potter movies
Quidditch, as seen in the Harry Potter movies

1. Quidditch

The rules make no sense whatsoever and the films confirm it would be useless as a spectator sport. But it's on flying broomsticks.

2. Brockian Ultra-Cricket

"The winning team shall be the first team that wins." From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

3. The Hunger Games

It's kill or be killed, except that Katniss Everdeen, who won, refused to kill anyone except in self-defence, and hid in a tree.

4. Pod racing

Well, I like Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

5. Calvinball

Invented by Calvin of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes as a protest against team sports. Players wear masks and never play it the same way twice.

6. Card Wars

From the animated TV series Adventure Time. Became real collectible cards and a computer game.

7. Tri-Dimensional Chess

As seen in many Star Trek TV episodes and films. Opening gambit from Mr Memory and Spinning Hugo.

8. Centrifugal Bumble-Puppy

From Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Josh Blacker could also have mentioned Riemann Surface Tennis, Escalator Squash and Electro-Magnetic Golf.

9. Sburb

The fictional computer game that triggers the end of the world in the webcomic Homestuck.

10. Rollerball

Many nominations, but Adrian McMenamin specifies the "original, paranoid 1975 film version".

Next week: Insults worn as a badge of pride (such as suffragette)

Coming soon: Words you think come from one language but come from another (eg dilettante is from Italian). Send your suggestions, and ideas for future Top 10s, to

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