In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Game", Riker's choice in shore leave company leads directly to the crew becoming addicted to a weird game in which the player needs to put discs into chutes:

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(Yes, that's Ashley Judd in the first screen shot, and no, she wasn't Photoshopped in.)


Does the game have a name?

  • Bonus question: Out-of-universe, has someone made a working version of the game (minus the headset part, of course) that can actually be played on a computer or a mobile device?
    – Praxis
    Jun 28, 2015 at 1:43
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    Bonus question is its own question now: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/93989/…
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    Jun 28, 2015 at 2:55

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A scan through the original script indicates that it's just called "the game" in both the dialogue and the episode direction

PICARD: We also have an opportunity to introduce the game to Starfleet Academy.



A view of the bridge -- with the familiar GAME OVERLAY superimposed on top. The playing field has a cone and a disc coasting across it. Picard and Beverly are visible beyond the overlay, looking straight at us.

The Memory Alpha wiki refers to it as the "Ktarian Game" (based on the race of aliens who provided it), something echoed by this mini-documentary on the Startrek.com website.

"[Nothing the crew had ever encountered could have prepared them for] the threat they encountered in the form of the seemingly benign Ktarian Game"

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