This week’s episode of The Simpsons featured itself as a gaming reference. During a section in this cartoon called “Labor Pains,” Homer can be seen trying to play The Simpsons: Tapped Out on a mobile device.
Ironically enough, the free-to-play game was ridiculed for its monetization elements. When Homer fires up the app, his card gets charged with a ridiculously staggering amount of $300. It’s not so free now, is it? It’s not sure what the message here is. Is it that in-app purchases are evil? Is linking your credit information to impulse spending mobile games dumb? If so, wouldn’t they want to limit the awareness of that? Who knows; it makes for a split second chuckle.
On the same day, Family Guy went for another outdated Super Mario Bros reference, during its racist and self-indulgent episode of the Griffin family going to Italy. Maybe someone needs to tell Seth MacFarlane to stop forcing crooners in a modern cartoon and get a Nintendo Wii U. Perhaps it will make Emilia Clarke come back. We kid, Seth; we know that’s not happening.