Now that Labor Day has come and gone, it seems like the months for playing games are over — it’s time to hunker down and get serious as the weather gets colder. Not so! Even as the real life days get shorter and we’re forced inside, we can still live vicariously through our favorite fictional characters, whose games are never threatened by weather or sleepiness. There are about a million fictional games, documented in all mediums and genres, and though some of them have blossomed into a certain kind of reality — as you probably know, Muggle Quidditch is now a thing, as is the 3d chess from Star Trek — most remain just out of our reach. But we have hope! Click through to see our list of games and sports from literature, film, TV and comics that we’d like to play in real life, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorite fictional pastimes in the comments.
Eschaton, Infinite Jest
We’ve always imagined Eschaton as a little bit more formal and slow moving than its portrayal in this epic Decemberists video, but no matter. This turn-based nuclear war game (the name means the end of the present world) would only be fun to play if we too were tennis prodigies and super-geniuses, so that’d have to be part of the package. But no matter what, we’re pretty sure DFW’s unique blend of politics, sports, and backstabbing would make for some exciting downtime.