23 years later, someone made the game from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Californication video

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Californication” will always be a top-notch earworm 

And at the time of the song’s release, it was so successful that it became ubiquitous. One related element of its appeal was a music video directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie. Faris features a fictionalized series of video game levels in which each of the band members engages in some sort of activity in virtual California. This is by far the band’s most viewed video, with just under 920 million views at the time of writing. “I really wanted to play this game!” says developer Mikel Camps Orteza. “It’s 2022 now, and I haven’t seen anyone make this game, so I made it my mission to make it. I took some epic moments from the video and turned them into seven levels, each with its own game mechanics. I hope you enjoy this game.”

The acting in the music video really looks cool, and Orteza’s attempt to recreate it is definitely a fun way to spend half an hour. For obvious reasons, no music is included in the download, but the game does have buttons to play Californication or various covers in the browser while you’re lounging around. Yes, it’s pretty rudimentary, but actually managing what I used to watch on MTV is undeniably cool. I love this song too, and the combination of nostalgia and the vague desire that everyone had that the game could be real makes for an enjoyable experience.

You can download the game Californication here for free, currently available for PC, Mac, and Android. At least it’s great to finally play the most anticipated game of 1999.

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