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Anything that gets popular enough on the internet eventually becomes a meme. The mimetic culture of images, movies, short films and gifs is just a standard result of today's digital age. Well, the “Play of the Game” in Overwatch just got hit by the meme culture and it's pretty ridiculous and hilarious.
Kotaku did a piece about the “Play of the Game” in Overwatch being overtaken by some great stand-ins. Essentially the feature highlights the best play in the game. Sort of like a highlight reel in football or basketball. In this case, however, some creative minds replaced the in-game play with movies and television shows. Such as this clip from the 2002 film Equilibrium starring Christian Bale, put together by YouTuber Mexiconan.
That one is easily my most favorite, basically because it was an epic scene from the movie and it matches up perfectly with Overwatch's “Play of the Game” theme.
There was also one for Breaking Bad. It's slightly spoilerific, but you can check it out below if your curiosity has gotten the better of you. The clip was put together by Soldier Bear.
And you can't make memes these days without including Game of Thrones. The infamous “Red Wedding” managed to take a completely different turn thanks to Overwatch's “Play of the Game”, making it but tragic and somewhat funny. Of course, if you haven't seen Game of Thrones and you do plan on watching it, you might not want to watch the clip below since it contains spoilers. It was cut together courtesy of YouTuber Cordless Entertainment.
One of the better ones is definitely the one featuring Tom Cruise from the film Edge of Tomorrow. It's another quick clip that's put together with expert precision by YouTuber Noodle. You can check out the 29 second clip below.
Last but not least is a hilarious clip featuring Spongebob Squarepants... because why not?
It features Spongebob's boss, Mr. Krabs, going on a rampage, beating the crap out of a kid's nursery. The “Team Kill” narration following the kids being flung across the room is morbidly funny. The quick clip of the “Play of the Game” was compiled by SecretVideoGameSecret. You can check out the video below.
There are also a ton of small clips where people riff on Bastion, the robot mech that can turn into a turret. A lot of clips make fun of the fact that he's always getting the “Play of the Game”. However, the clips above are by far the funniest and most entertaining circulating at the moment.
I couldn't really get into Overwatch due to its simplicity and repetitiveness, but millions of gamers are loving it and having fun with Blizzard's first-person shooter. You can create your own “Play of the Game” by picking up a physical or digital copy for the Xbox One, PS4 or PC.