History CerebusSyndrome / VideoGames

4th Jan '17 4:11:28 PM nombretomado
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* The first ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' game touches on this. In the beginning GLaDOS's jokes seem unintentionally funny, but as the game progresses the player finds out [[spoiler: it/she has a serious (and homicidal) personality disorder.]] The game rapidly descends from an upbeat puzzler into life-threatening drama. [[SubvertedTrope However,]] [[BlackComedy it still manages to be quite funny.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' stays mostly funny throughout, right up until [[spoiler:you find out GLaDOS is the result of Cave Johnson forcing his assistant to have her brain uploaded into a computer]]. And there's Wheatley's [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn after you help him take control of the facility.]]

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* The first ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' game series:
** The [[VideoGame/Portal1 first game]]
touches on this. In the beginning GLaDOS's [=GLaDOS=]'s jokes seem unintentionally funny, but as the game progresses the player finds out [[spoiler: it/she has a serious (and homicidal) personality disorder.]] The game rapidly descends from an upbeat puzzler into life-threatening drama. [[SubvertedTrope However,]] [[BlackComedy it still manages to be quite funny.]]
* ** ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' stays mostly funny throughout, right up until [[spoiler:you find out GLaDOS [=GLaDOS=] is the result of Cave Johnson forcing his assistant to have her brain uploaded into a computer]]. And there's Wheatley's [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn after you help him take control of the facility.]]
27th Nov '16 1:44:34 PM nombretomado
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** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' begins with the main character as a child, journeying with his dad, occasionally going off on his own or with a friend on adventures straight out of ''Tom Sawyer'', ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', or George [=MacDonald's=] fairy tales. Then, while trying to rescue a bratty prince, [[spoiler: he watches his father get killed, and is sold into slavery, setting up the main plot of the game.]]

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** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' begins with the main character as a child, journeying with his dad, occasionally going off on his own or with a friend on adventures straight out of ''Tom Sawyer'', ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', or George [=MacDonald's=] fairy tales. Then, while trying to rescue a bratty prince, [[spoiler: he watches his father get killed, and is sold into slavery, setting up the main plot of the game.]]
24th Nov '16 5:51:54 AM WhatArtThee
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** Some of the later spin-offs are even nastier. ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' takes place in a CrapsackWorld where the enemy is an organization that {{Mind Rape}}s Pokémon into heartless killing-machines for a pastime, ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger'' has the third BigBad plotting to KillAllHumans just because his plan to TakeOverTheWorld failed, and there's the second ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' which is home to [[BadFuture a horrific and nightmarish alternate future]] that gives ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'s'' future a run for its money, [[TearJerker one of the most gut-wrenching endings in gaming]] (things got better during TheStinger thankfully), and the heroes considering ''killing themselves to save the world.''

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** Some of the later spin-offs are even nastier. ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' takes place in a CrapsackWorld where the enemy is an organization that {{Mind Rape}}s Pokémon into heartless killing-machines for a pastime, ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger'' has the third BigBad plotting to KillAllHumans just because his plan to TakeOverTheWorld failed, and there's the second ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' which is home to [[BadFuture a horrific and nightmarish alternate future]] that gives ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'s'' future a run for its money, [[TearJerker one of the most gut-wrenching endings in gaming]] (things got better during TheStinger thankfully), and the heroes considering ''killing themselves to save the world.''
7th Nov '16 7:52:19 PM SenorCornholio
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** Some of the later spin-offs are even nastier. ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' takes place in a CrapsackWorld where the enemy is an organization that {{Mind Rape}}s Pokémon into heartless killing-machines for a pastime, ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger'' has the third BigBad plotting to KillAllHumans just because his plan to TakeOverTheWorld failed, and there's the second ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' which is home to [[BadFuture a horrific and nightmarish alternate future]] that gives ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''s future a run for its money, [[TearJerker one of the most gut-wrenching endings in gaming]] (things got better during TheStinger thankfully), and the heroes considering ''killing themselves to save the world.''

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** Some of the later spin-offs are even nastier. ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' takes place in a CrapsackWorld where the enemy is an organization that {{Mind Rape}}s Pokémon into heartless killing-machines for a pastime, ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger'' has the third BigBad plotting to KillAllHumans just because his plan to TakeOverTheWorld failed, and there's the second ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' which is home to [[BadFuture a horrific and nightmarish alternate future]] that gives ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''s ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'s'' future a run for its money, [[TearJerker one of the most gut-wrenching endings in gaming]] (things got better during TheStinger thankfully), and the heroes considering ''killing themselves to save the world.''
7th Nov '16 7:49:54 PM SenorCornholio
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** Some of the later spin-offs are even nastier. ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' takes place in a CrapsackWorld where the enemy is an organization that {{Mind Rape}}s Pokémon into heartless killing-machines for a pastime, ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger'' has the third BigBad plotting to KillAllHumans just because his plan to TakeOverTheWorld failed, and there's the second ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' which is home to [[BadFuture a horrific and nightmarish alternate future]] that gives ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''''s future a run for its money, [[TearJerker one of the most gut-wrenching endings in gaming]] (things got better during TheStinger thankfully), and the heroes considering ''killing themselves to save the world.''
** The ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' series. The ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam Rescue Team]]'' games had their dark moments but were fairly consistently upbeat throughout. The ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Explorers}}'' series start off their plots more or less in line with the first games' in terms of tone, but almost immediately after the halfway point drops, all traces of comedy vanish, setting the stage for an ''incredibly'' morose plot.

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** Some of the later spin-offs are even nastier. ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' takes place in a CrapsackWorld where the enemy is an organization that {{Mind Rape}}s Pokémon into heartless killing-machines for a pastime, ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger'' has the third BigBad plotting to KillAllHumans just because his plan to TakeOverTheWorld failed, and there's the second ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' which is home to [[BadFuture a horrific and nightmarish alternate future]] that gives ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''''s ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''s future a run for its money, [[TearJerker one of the most gut-wrenching endings in gaming]] (things got better during TheStinger thankfully), and the heroes considering ''killing themselves to save the world.''
** The ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' series. The ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam Rescue Team]]'' games had their dark moments but were fairly consistently upbeat throughout. The ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Explorers}}'' Explorers]]'' series start off their plots more or less in line with the first games' in terms of tone, but almost immediately after the halfway point drops, all traces of comedy vanish, setting the stage for an ''incredibly'' morose plot.
5th Nov '16 12:30:16 PM erforce
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* ''{{Suikoden}} Tierkreis'' starts with the main character living a mostly carefree life in his little village, cue a militaristic cult appearing. The main character decides then to stand against it, while remaining mostly optimistic; cue the multiverse collapsing.

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* ''{{Suikoden}} Tierkreis'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenTierkreis'' starts with the main character living a mostly carefree life in his little village, cue a militaristic cult appearing. The main character decides then to stand against it, while remaining mostly optimistic; cue the multiverse collapsing.



* Zig-Zagged in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. While the first games ''released'' chronologically were pretty lighthearted, ''Days'' and ''Birth By Sleep'' are actually a lot darker in general, what with finding new characters who were DoomedByCanon and finding it all set in a CrapSaccharineWorld and a couple malicious villains. The games even started off pretty lighthearted, too.

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* Zig-Zagged in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. While the first games ''released'' chronologically were pretty lighthearted, ''Days'' ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 Days]]'' and ''Birth ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep'' Sleep]]'' are actually a lot darker in general, what with finding new characters who were DoomedByCanon and finding it all set in a CrapSaccharineWorld and a couple malicious villains. The games even started off pretty lighthearted, too.



* The Flash game VideoGame/{{Viricide}} goes, over the course of the paragraphs that pop up between the 17 waves, from jokes about an AI's malfunctioning double entendre system, to said AI explaining that her programmer was taking depression meds while working on her, and one day told her he was going to solve all his problems by taking all the pills in the bottle at once instead of taking them two at a time. She never saw him again, but hopes what he did made him feel better. [[spoiler: She also goes from referring to her programer as "my programmer" to calling him "my father" and "Dad" and she asks you to [[ICannotSelfTerminate disable her "emotional core"]] which gives her a personality.]]

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* The Flash game VideoGame/{{Viricide}} ''VideoGame/{{Viricide}}'' goes, over the course of the paragraphs that pop up between the 17 waves, from jokes about an AI's malfunctioning double entendre system, to said AI explaining that her programmer was taking depression meds while working on her, and one day told her he was going to solve all his problems by taking all the pills in the bottle at once instead of taking them two at a time. She never saw him again, but hopes what he did made him feel better. [[spoiler: She also goes from referring to her programer as "my programmer" to calling him "my father" and "Dad" and she asks you to [[ICannotSelfTerminate disable her "emotional core"]] which gives her a personality.]]



* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: World at War'''s VideoGame/NaziZombies mode appears to be suffering from the syndrome.

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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: World at War'''s ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyWorldAtWar'''s VideoGame/NaziZombies mode appears to be suffering from the syndrome.



** The VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon series. The ''Rescue Team'' games had their dark moments but were fairly consistently upbeat throughout. The ''Explorers'' series start off their plots more or less in line with the first games' in terms of tone, but almost immediately after the halfway point drops, all traces of comedy vanish, setting the stage for an ''incredibly'' morose plot.
** ''Gates to Infinity'' took this UpToEleven starting with you and your partner building a Pokémon paradise to [[spoiler:having to stop Kyurem and his suicide cult from destroying the whole world.]] ''Both'' of which the two of you are doing because you refuse to give up on the world, despite [[CrapsackWorld everyone being bitter and miserable]] and [[TruthInTelevision no one really trusting anyone but themselves]]-- which end up being [[spoiler:exactly what caused Kyurem himself to believe the world was beyond saving.]] Literally the entire game is trying to remind people of the joys of friendship and hope, and somehow it manages to be incredibly Dark and Edgy while doing so.
%%* Not just with the comics, the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games also did this, starting with ''Sonic Adventure'', but it really took hold in ''Shadow the Hedgehog''. ReverseCerebusSyndrome soon kicked in with ''VideoGame/SonicColors''.

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** The VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' series. The ''Rescue Team'' ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam Rescue Team]]'' games had their dark moments but were fairly consistently upbeat throughout. The ''Explorers'' ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Explorers}}'' series start off their plots more or less in line with the first games' in terms of tone, but almost immediately after the halfway point drops, all traces of comedy vanish, setting the stage for an ''incredibly'' morose plot.
** ''Gates *** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity Gates to Infinity'' Infinity]]'' took this UpToEleven starting with you and your partner building a Pokémon paradise to [[spoiler:having to stop Kyurem and his suicide cult from destroying the whole world.]] ''Both'' of which the two of you are doing because you refuse to give up on the world, despite [[CrapsackWorld everyone being bitter and miserable]] and [[TruthInTelevision no one really trusting anyone but themselves]]-- which end up being [[spoiler:exactly what caused Kyurem himself to believe the world was beyond saving.]] Literally the entire game is trying to remind people of the joys of friendship and hope, and somehow it manages to be incredibly Dark and Edgy while doing so.
%%* Not just with the comics, the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' games also did this, starting with ''Sonic Adventure'', ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'', but it really took hold in ''Shadow the Hedgehog''.''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog''. ReverseCerebusSyndrome soon kicked in with ''VideoGame/SonicColors''.



* ''VideoGame/{{Portal2}}'' stays mostly funny throughout, right up until [[spoiler:you find out GLaDOS is the result of Cave Johnson forcing his assistant to have her brain uploaded into a computer]]. And there's Wheatley's [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn after you help him take control of the facility.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Portal2}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' stays mostly funny throughout, right up until [[spoiler:you find out GLaDOS is the result of Cave Johnson forcing his assistant to have her brain uploaded into a computer]]. And there's Wheatley's [[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn after you help him take control of the facility.]]



* ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'': Door to Phantomile is a game that opens with the game's adorable cat-like protagonist chasing butterflies in a field. [[spoiler: Then by the ending no-one is happy and everything is miserable thanks to an unusually cruel plot-twist that comes right out of nowhere about 5 minutes before the end of the game.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'': Door to Phantomile ''VideoGame/KlonoaDoorToPhantomile'' is a game that opens with the game's adorable cat-like protagonist chasing butterflies in a field. [[spoiler: Then by the ending no-one is happy and everything is miserable thanks to an unusually cruel plot-twist that comes right out of nowhere about 5 minutes before the end of the game.]]
25th Sep '16 2:23:21 AM Mhazard
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', to some degree. From ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' onwards, the series began to take its protagonists and their personal motivations a lot more seriously than they did in prior installments. ''IV'' in particular tackled [[DarkerAndEdgier dark, adult themes usually reserved for cinema]]. Though ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' does dial back the seriousness a bit and is closer to the series' BlackComedy roots, it still features a huge, pathos-filled story for its three protagonists and tackles serious themes[[spoiler:, including [[PlayedForDramas graphic]], not PlayedForLaughs [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]]]].

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', to some degree. From ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' onwards, the series began to take its protagonists and their personal motivations a lot more seriously than they did in prior installments. ''IV'' in particular tackled [[DarkerAndEdgier dark, adult themes usually reserved for cinema]]. Though ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' does dial back the seriousness a bit and is closer to the series' BlackComedy roots, it still features a huge, pathos-filled story for its three protagonists and tackles serious themes[[spoiler:, including [[PlayedForDramas [[PlayedForDrama graphic]], not PlayedForLaughs [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]]]].
25th Sep '16 2:22:57 AM Mhazard
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', to some degree. From ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' onwards, the series began to take its protagonists and their personal motivations a lot more seriously than they did in prior installments. ''IV'' in particular tackled [[DarkerAndEdgier dark, adult themes usually reserved for cinema]]. Though ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' does dial back the seriousness a bit and is closer to the series' BlackComedy roots, it still features a huge, pathos-filled story for its three protagonists and tackles serious themes[[spoiler:, including graphic, not PlayedForLaughs torture]].

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', to some degree. From ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' onwards, the series began to take its protagonists and their personal motivations a lot more seriously than they did in prior installments. ''IV'' in particular tackled [[DarkerAndEdgier dark, adult themes usually reserved for cinema]]. Though ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' does dial back the seriousness a bit and is closer to the series' BlackComedy roots, it still features a huge, pathos-filled story for its three protagonists and tackles serious themes[[spoiler:, including graphic, [[PlayedForDramas graphic]], not PlayedForLaughs torture]].[[ColdBloodedTorture torture]]]].
15th Sep '16 7:59:19 PM DustSnitch
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* ''VideoGame/MySims'' series started off with an ExcusePlot equivalent of ''VideoGame/TheSims'' until the three final entries in the series (''Racing'', ''Agents'' and ''[=SkyHeroes=]'') featured plots about the player's struggle to stop BigBad Morcubus from taking over the world, alongside respective stories regarding the disappearance of TheAce, a FreakLabAccident which created some of the non-human Sims in the series and an AmnesiacDissonance story where the amnesiac [[spoiler: is the player.%%Also Snape kills Dumbledore.]]
28th Jul '16 10:38:11 AM Wulfram
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** Within ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRpublic'', the tone of the original class stories varies considerably. Since the expansions switch to having a single main story, people who play more lighthearted characters such as the Smuggler or Sith Inquisitor will find the story getting considerably more serious

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** Within ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRpublic'', ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the tone of the original class stories varies considerably. Since the expansions switch to having a single main story, people who play more lighthearted characters such as the Smuggler or Sith Inquisitor will find the story getting considerably more serious
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