Whether you’re a self-proclaimed gaming nerd or it’s your new hobby, sometimes you want to put your controller down and relax in front of the TV instead. Luckily, the gaming world isn’t limited to just consoles or PCs. It’s been interwoven into our popular culture, inspiring TV shows, movies, and even musicals like the Super Mario Bros. stage show. 

With all of that in mind, here’s our curated list of must-stream TV shows and movies that every gaming fan will appreciate.

Learn About Poker (Netflix)

When poker enthusiasts are in the mood to explore the interesting world of their favorite card game, they don’t have to look any further than Netflix. Whether you’re looking for something to watch during the holidays or during an evening at home, the streaming platform offers a variety of TV shows and movies related to poker, including instructional videos and documentaries. Many of these programs feature some of the biggest names in poker, giving fans a window into the bluffs, double bluffs, and nail-biting moments of pro play. Whether it’s exploring the lives of the poker pros or unearthing the history of the game, the platform has something for just about everyone. Best of all, there’s no need to put on your poker face as you can enjoy it all from the comfort of your couch.

High Score (Netflix)

What better way to kick things off than with a docuseries about the golden age of video games? It talks about the world before gaming became a career choice and the most popular titles crossed over to being played online. 

“High Score” is a love letter to the arcade era and the early days of console gaming. This Netflix series will have you reminiscing about the good old days of feeding quarters into “Pac-Man” and “Space Invaders.” It’s educational, sure, but it’s also so nostalgic that you might find yourself dusting off that old Atari in the attic.

The Witcher (Netflix)

The popular book series by Andrzej Sapkowski inspired one of the most beloved video game franchises of all time, “The Witcher”, which in turn became a fantasy TV series that has everything a gamer could possibly want. It’s got Henry Cavill in a silver wig, epic battles, and enough intricate lore to make even the most seasoned “Dungeons & Dragons” player nod in approval. While it may not follow the game’s plot exactly, it captures the spirit of Geralt of Rivia’s adventures perfectly.

Assassin’s Creed (Amazon Prime)

Okay, let’s be honest: video game movies don’t always have the best reputation. However, the “Assassin’s Creed” film is a leap of faith worth taking. Despite its lukewarm reviews, it does a commendable job of translating the game’s complex historical plots and parkour-filled gameplay into a feature film. It’s not perfect, but with Michael Fassbender as your guide, it’s a fun romp through time.

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)

For those who love the “choose your own adventure” style games, “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” is a unique movie experience. This interactive film allows you to make decisions for the main character, altering the plot as you go. 

It’s a bit like playing a video game but without the worry of getting carpal tunnel. Plus, it’s a mind-bender in typical “Black Mirror” fashion, making it a must-stream for any gaming fan who enjoys a good plot twist.

The Guild (Netflix)

The web series turned Netflix show “The Guild” is all about the online gaming community. Created by and starring Felicia Day, it’s a comedic look at a group of gamers and both their real-life and online interactions.

It’s a laugh riot and eerily accurate in its depiction of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) gaming culture. Just be warned: watching may cause a sudden desire to engage in a 12-hour gaming marathon.

Ready Player One (HBO Max)

Ready Player One is a tribute to pop culture, especially gaming culture. This Steven Spielberg-directed film takes us into a VR world filled with every game and movie reference you could imagine. It’s like “Easter Egg: The Movie.” The film may not delve as deep into the social commentary as Ernest Cline’s sci-fi novel, but it’s a visual feast that’ll have you saying, “I recognize that!” every five minutes.