History CombatPragmatist / VideoGames

4th Apr '18 7:17:36 AM BeerBaron
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** Any PlayerCharacter who has a high sneak skill probably fights in the most unfair way possible. Sneak up behind a foe and stab them with a dagger or fire a poisoned arrow at their face before they know you're there are common tactics for a pragmatic character. Pragmatism is the name of the game with a thief-type character, especially, because they're basically {{Glass Cannon}}s.

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** Any Throughout the series, any stealth-focused PlayerCharacter who has a high qualifies. Ranged sneak skill probably fights in the most unfair way possible. Sneak up behind a foe and stab them attacks, {{Backstab}} {{Critical Hit}}s with a dagger or fire a poisoned arrow at their face before they know you're there daggers, HitAndRunTactics, using spells of [[{{Invisibility}} Invisibility and Chameleon]], using poisons, and much more are common tactics for all within a pragmatic character.stealthy character's bag of tricks. Pragmatism is the name of the game with a thief-type character, especially, because they're basically {{Glass Cannon}}s.
29th Mar '18 9:09:21 AM JackNewbie555
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* You can be one in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. As a Black Phantom, you can use environmental traps, back stabs, and cliff ledges to ruin your target's day.

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* You won't make it far in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' without being one. Since almost everything is hostile to you and can easily kill you in a couple of hits, you need to use any means necessary to survive. Fighting a heavily armored enemy? Backstab it with a dagger to ignore its defense. Fighting an enemy that attack quickly and rapidly? Use a shield to block and then counterattack or get a parrying shield to parry its attack and riposte it for massive damage. Facing enemies that are extremely difficult to fight in melee? Use ranged spells or bows to pick them off. Facing well positioned snipers that can shoot you down before you reach them? Use poison arrows to poison them and wait for them to die from the effect.
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You can be one in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''.when engaging in PVP as well. As a Black Phantom, you can use environmental traps, back stabs, and cliff ledges to ruin your target's day.
21st Feb '18 1:09:51 PM morenohijazo
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* Virtually every single fightscene in VideoGame/HeavyRain devolves into a completely improvised mad dash to whatever object the characters can get a grip on and clubbing, beating, or stabbing it into their enemy, whether it's a samurai sword or a tv screen. Almost every fight has the players caught off guard, and every characters has some form of handicap or inexperience leading their fighting style to be completely panicked.
* Sora in Franchise/KingdomHearts is this; he's somewhat lacking in true swordsmanship, so he uses his Keyblade as a club. The second game, in particular, gives him numerous Action Commands that depict him disarming opponents and attacking from behind.

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* Virtually every single fightscene in VideoGame/HeavyRain ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' devolves into a completely improvised mad dash to whatever object the characters can get a grip on and clubbing, beating, or stabbing it into their enemy, whether it's a samurai sword or a tv screen. Almost every fight has the players caught off guard, and every characters has some form of handicap or inexperience leading their fighting style to be completely panicked.
* Sora in Franchise/KingdomHearts ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is this; he's somewhat lacking in true swordsmanship, so he uses his Keyblade as a club. The second game, in particular, gives him numerous Action Commands that depict him disarming opponents and attacking from behind.


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* ''VideoGame/MasterOfTheMonsterLair'': Certain rooms allow the player to fight enemies under... less than fair conditions. For example, enemies spawning in any of the three types of bedrooms (straw, fancy, or plush) will be asleep at the start of combat, allowing them to be easily picked off one-by-one. Other rooms that have things like this are the demon cell (enemies are sealed and can't use special abilities), cellar (enemies are groggy and have a chance to fall asleep each turn), and the refrigerator (enemies are chilled and have greatly reduced attack power). The game encourages you to use these rooms as much as possible.
** Really, the basic premise behind the game itself qualifies as well. Sure, you could become an adventurer and travel the world to hunt down monsters, but you'd be spending most of your nights in a cheap tent with no showers and only the most basic of food. Why do that when you can just dig a big hole outside of town, lure monsters in there to beat the stuffing out of them, and then go back home each night for a hot bath, a nice meal, and a good night's sleep?
22nd Jan '18 1:27:31 AM Cryoclaste
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* [[SuperMarioBros Wario and Waluigi]] are these. Even though they live in a world where most characters can perform flashy super attacks (including them), they often resort to cheating and dirty tactics. Whether it's tossing bombs, brute force, blinding the opponent or set some monsters on their tracks, [[ThoseTwoBadGuys these two]] will stop at nothing to beat the competition.

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* [[SuperMarioBros [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Wario and Waluigi]] are these. Even though they live in a world where most characters can perform flashy super attacks (including them), they often resort to cheating and dirty tactics. Whether it's tossing bombs, brute force, blinding the opponent or set some monsters on their tracks, [[ThoseTwoBadGuys these two]] will stop at nothing to beat the competition.
16th Jan '18 2:54:43 AM Cryoclaste
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** Okay ''WorldOfWarcraft'' [=PvP=] players, raise your hand if you've come across someone of the opposite faction battling with something, waited until their health was low, then attacked for the honor points. Rogues need not reply, assuming you haven't already stealthed and snuck up behind me.

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** Okay ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' [=PvP=] players, raise your hand if you've come across someone of the opposite faction battling with something, waited until their health was low, then attacked for the honor points. Rogues need not reply, assuming you haven't already stealthed and snuck up behind me.
28th Dec '17 7:45:11 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''{{Pokemon}}'':

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5th Dec '17 9:42:43 AM woerer1
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*** Invaded by a hostile player? Equip an item to automatically SummonBiggrrFish to back you up. Then use a consumable item to make the level enemies hostile to the invader, [[XanatosGambit so either the [=NPCs=] kill the invader or the invader kills the [=NPCs=]]].

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*** Invaded by a hostile player? Equip an item to automatically SummonBiggrrFish SummonBiggerFish to back you up. Then use a consumable item to make the level enemies hostile to the invader, [[XanatosGambit so either the [=NPCs=] kill the invader or the invader kills the [=NPCs=]]].
29th Nov '17 8:12:07 AM Steven
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* Everyone in ''VideoGame/TheWarriors'' will use their fists to dish out the pain, but they will also gladly use anything nearby as a weapon (knives, bottles, planks of wood, trash cans, scraps of food, etc) to get the upper hand. Some boss fights will even involve guns.
27th Nov '17 2:21:51 AM XenMon2
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* One opportunity card in ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'' has a young man out to kill your character. One solution lets you agree to a duel with him, and when he asks when and where you shoot him in the head. The other solution has you challenge him and everyone else out for you to a fight at the docks, and then take up a sniping position and take them out one by one as they arrive.
23rd Oct '17 8:37:29 PM TClaymore
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* Perhaps the most surprising example of pragmatism in the GuiltyGear universe is...''[[KnightInShiningArmor Ky Kiske]]''. As it turns out, his general style of play (methodical, measured, focused on layered tactics and solid fundamentals) is how he fights when it's a duel, whether for sport or honor. If it's a ''real'' fight, or a ''war,'' well...perhaps he [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTjgwTswuqE&t=25m puts it best]]:
-->'''Ky:''' You want to try again; I didn't give you enough warning; you'd be fine if you were ready. Excuses like that have no value. Unfairness and deceit are superior. The difference between life and death.
** It should be noted that the man he's lecturing to is ''Sol Badguy,'' someone who once annihilated a creature the size of Mt. Everest when he was being ''lazy''. This is the man who, when he first saw Ky fight for real, then found himself challenged by Ky to a duel, was by his own admission [[BringMyBrownPants scared shitless.]]
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