History ForWantOfANail / VideoGames

23rd Jun '17 10:36:58 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' deals with this in the form of "fractured dimensions", alternate universes that branched off from the main one wherein something in the the game and the previous game's lore went differently thanks to a certain "nail", or as the game calls it: "divergence catalysts". The only problem is they're also posing a threat to the main universe, and its the job of the protagonist, Ludger, to destroy said fractured universes by finding and destroying said nail. To give an example, in the previous game, DiscOneFinalBoss Nachtigal was a despotic king who became as such after his sister Carrie died in a tsunami mid-battle and his best friend Rowen ran away in shame, but in one fractured universe, though Nachtigal's sister dies anyway, Rowen remains by Nachtigal's side, and thanks to Rowen's wisdom and having Carrie's pendant as a memento, this version of Nachtigal became a benevolent and beloved king, his praises sung by everyone.

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' deals with this in the form of "fractured dimensions", alternate universes that branched off from the main one wherein something in the the game and the previous game's lore went differently thanks to a certain "nail", or as the game calls it: "divergence catalysts". The only problem is they're also posing a threat to the main universe, and its the job of the protagonist, Ludger, to destroy said fractured universes by finding and destroying said nail. To give an example, in the previous game, DiscOneFinalBoss Nachtigal was a despotic king who became as such after his sister Carrie died in a tsunami mid-battle and his best friend Rowen ran away in shame, but in one fractured universe, though Nachtigal's sister dies anyway, Rowen remains by Nachtigal's side, and thanks to Rowen's wisdom and having Carrie's pendant as a memento, this version of Nachtigal became a benevolent and beloved king, his praises sung by everyone. Considering even before this Rowen looked at him leaving Nachtigal as MyGreatestFailure...
* The whole plot of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' kicks off ultimately because Raven, for whatever reason, gives Yuri the prison key to let him (attempt) to sneak out to check on the Lower Quarter. One run in with a [[ShelteredAristocrat Sheltered]] [[PrincessClassic Princess]] who is waving a sword at knights later and everything soon spirals into a sequence of events that forms the plot. On on a more "minor" note, thanks to Yuri and Estelle having to take the Quoi Woods route due to the Lord of the Plains showing up and blocking the other route, they meet Karol which proves useful come dealing with Halure's broken barrier blastia...
11th Apr '17 10:09:53 AM zeruel
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''; [[TheProtagonist Michael]] catches his wife Amanda [[YourCheatingHeart having a one-night-stand with the tennis coach]] he paid; enraged, he hunts him down to an expensive condo and destroys it to spite him, only to find out the hard way that the condo belonged to a powerful crimelord; to this end, he redeems his debt to said crimelord by doing one of his infamous bank heists, and uses one of his catchphrases to a bystander. As a result, when the crime makes the news and said bystander repeats the catchphrase, Michael's cover is blown to an old friend he betrayed on his last heist 10 years ago, [[AxCrazy Trevor]] [[HairTriggerTemper Philips!!]] All this could be avoided if Michael's wife was not such a whore! Or, you know, Michael did what most people would do here and divorced her, instead of going absolutely insane and trying to kill the guy. Way to slut-shame, pal, and ignore the unstable and violent whackjob whose fault it actually was.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''; [[TheProtagonist Michael]] catches his wife Amanda [[YourCheatingHeart having a one-night-stand with the tennis coach]] he paid; enraged, he hunts him down to an expensive condo and destroys it to spite him, only to find out the hard way that the condo belonged to a powerful crimelord; to this end, he redeems his debt to said crimelord by doing one of his infamous bank heists, and uses one of his catchphrases to a bystander. As a result, when the crime makes the news and said bystander repeats the catchphrase, Michael's cover is blown to an old friend he betrayed on his last heist 10 years ago, [[AxCrazy Trevor]] [[HairTriggerTemper Philips!!]] All this could be avoided if Michael's wife was not such a whore! Or, you know, Michael did what most people would do here and divorced her, instead of going absolutely insane and trying to kill the guy. Way to slut-shame, pal, and ignore the unstable and violent whackjob whose fault it actually was.hadn't cheated!
5th Apr '17 9:55:41 PM thats1evildude
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* There is a background example of the trope in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. The mage Minaeve, after the Circles rose up in rebellion, did her best to save as many of the Tranquil (mages who have had their magic powers - and emotions - forcibly removed) as she possibly could, as they are effectively unable to care for themselves. She then brought them with her when she joined the Inquisition. Later in the game, it is learned that many Tranquil were killed to facilitate an incredibly gruesome magical process, and those that were rescued by Minaeve could easily have suffered the same fate without the intervention of their nail.

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* There is a background example of In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the trope in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. The mage Minaeve, after Herald of Andraste serves as the Circles rose up in rebellion, did her best to save as many of the Tranquil (mages who have had their magic powers - and emotions - forcibly removed) as she possibly could, as they are effectively unable to care for themselves. She then brought them with her when she joined the Inquisition. Later nail in the game, it is learned that many Tranquil were killed ''In Hushed Whispers'' questline. Alexius, a Tevinter mage in service to facilitate an incredibly gruesome magical process, the [[BigBad Elder One]], sends the Herald and those that were rescued by Minaeve could easily have suffered the same fate without the intervention of their nail.ally Dorian approximately one year into the future. In the interim, the Breach  a massive tear in the Veil  has grown to massive proportions. The Elder One rules over the demon-haunted wasteland that once was Thedas, having swept aside all opposition with his own army of demons. The quest involves finding a way back to the past to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
8th Mar '17 5:01:51 AM Vir
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* In ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', a spiritually wounded [[TheProtagonist Booker]] sought cleansing himself through baptism after taking part in the atrocities of the Battle of Wounded Knee. He didn't go through with it and rejected the idea of ever redeeming himself, and so this lead him to a life of alcoholism and gambling debts. [[spoiler:This is a good thing, as in another reality, he accepted being baptised, found religion, and changed his name to ''[[BigBad Zachary Comstock]]''. Yes, you did read that right.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'', a spiritually wounded [[TheProtagonist Booker]] sought cleansing himself through baptism after taking part in the atrocities of the Battle of Wounded Knee. He didn't go through with it and rejected the idea of ever redeeming himself, and so this lead him to a life of alcoholism and gambling debts. [[spoiler:This is a good thing, as in another reality, he accepted being baptised, found religion, and changed his name to ''[[BigBad Zachary Comstock]]''. Yes, you did read that right.]]
28th Feb '17 2:26:36 PM Sabrewing
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* Essentially, the entirety of ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIII'' is this way, as the plot can take some interesting turns depending on [[GenerationalSaga who your protagonist chooses to marry]] in each act. One of the few times that a single character drastically changes for the experience, though, is in the case of Princess Kara, daughter of Layan general Lune from the moon of Dahlia. If Prince Rhys marries Princess Lena of Satera, their son Nial comes into conflict with Lune, but their fight convinces him to call off the war with the Orakians, and Kara will grow up with a more peaceful demeanor and focus on healing as a party member for Nial's own son. However, if Rhys married Princess Maia of Cille and sired Ayn, Lune will never become an active antagonist, but since the war wouldn't officially be "over" from his standpoint, Kara will instead be an embittered warrior of a girl when she joins Ayn's son.
22nd Feb '17 7:14:32 PM TheLearnedSoldier
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''; [[TheProtagonist Michael]] catches his wife Amanda [[YourCheatingHeart having a one-night-stand with the tennis coach]] he paid; enraged, he hunts him down to an expensive condo and destroys it to spite him, only to find out the hard way that the condo belonged to a powerful crimelord; to this end, he redeems his debt to said crimelord by doing one of his infamous bank heists, and uses one of his catchphrases to a bystander. As a result, when the crime makes the news and said bystander repeats the catchphrase, Michael's cover is blown to an old friend he betrayed on his last heist 10 years ago, [[AxCrazy Trevor]] [[HairTriggerTemper Philips!!]] All this could be avoided if Michael's wife was not such a whore!

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''; [[TheProtagonist Michael]] catches his wife Amanda [[YourCheatingHeart having a one-night-stand with the tennis coach]] he paid; enraged, he hunts him down to an expensive condo and destroys it to spite him, only to find out the hard way that the condo belonged to a powerful crimelord; to this end, he redeems his debt to said crimelord by doing one of his infamous bank heists, and uses one of his catchphrases to a bystander. As a result, when the crime makes the news and said bystander repeats the catchphrase, Michael's cover is blown to an old friend he betrayed on his last heist 10 years ago, [[AxCrazy Trevor]] [[HairTriggerTemper Philips!!]] All this could be avoided if Michael's wife was not such a whore!whore! Or, you know, Michael did what most people would do here and divorced her, instead of going absolutely insane and trying to kill the guy. Way to slut-shame, pal, and ignore the unstable and violent whackjob whose fault it actually was.
11th Feb '17 9:28:52 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Indeed, in VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}} the player can go through the time-portal from The City on the Edge of Forever from the original Star Trek. The player ends up in (spoilers) Vault 13. If he taps a computer, it sets up a water chip to fail, which will end up causing...

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** Indeed, in VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}} ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' the player can go through the time-portal from The City on the Edge of Forever from the original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek. Trek]]''. The player ends up in (spoilers) Vault 13. [[spoiler:Vault 13]]. If he he/she taps a computer, it sets up a water chip [[spoiler:water chip]] to fail, which will end up causing...
28th Jan '17 12:33:35 PM TotemicHero
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*** The player-controlled Grey Warden serves as the nail in the DLC ''Darkspawn Chronicles'', where, besides having the player control the darkspawn forces at the battle of Denerim, it shows to some extent [[http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Darkspawn_Chronicles what would have happened if the Grey Warden candidate from any of the origins never survived the Joining ritual]].
2nd Jan '17 7:08:43 PM Blazer
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* In the PS2 version of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', playing the game with Anakin shows him fighting Obi-Wan and winning, Obi-Wan whiffing his high ground slash so that Anakin can gut him. Then Palpatine shows up, congratulates Anakin, gives him his trademark red lightsaber [[spoiler:and is promptly ran through with it by Anakin, who takes over the galaxy by himself.]]
1st Dec '16 8:26:23 AM X2X
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Fall of Man'', E

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Resistance}}: Fall of Man'', EEurope comes off prosperous and peaceful after WWI, preventing the Second World War. However, instead of a Revolution, aliens invade Siberia. Russia can't catch a break, can it?
* The two spinoff games to ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'', ''[[VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours The World Is Yours]]'' and ''Money. Power. Respect.'', are based on Tony escaping the film-ending shootout, while the comic ''Scarred for Life'' is based on Tony surviving wounds that were fatal in said shootout. Tony's survival either way is a small but very important difference, with above scenarios being impossible "normally."
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' would've simply been a brief glimpse of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''[='=]s neutral ending from a Tokyo Hunter's perspective if said Hunter refused Dagda's offer of becoming his Godslayer at the beginning of the game and remained dead. As a result of coming back to life instead, he ends up going on to unwittingly unseal the Divine Powers, who proceed to bring their share of divine conflict to Tokyo.
* In ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', there is a BadFuture prophesied if [[spoiler:Sarah Kerrigan is killed. In the "Wings Of Liberty" ending cinematic, Jim Raynor basically prevents it from happening by moving his shoulder a few inches to the left, [[TakingTheBullet taking a bullet]] meant for her by Tychus (and since Raynor was wearing armor, there was no serious injury)]].
** Zeratul, [[GenreSavvy apparently aware of this trope]], appears in ''Wings of Liberty'', ''Heart of the Swarm'', and ''Legacy of the Void'' to hand the main character some emergency nails, first by giving Raynor the Ihan Crystal and thus [[spoiler: another cause to save Kerrigan besides his love]], then by directing the Swarm to Zerus, so that [[spoiler:Kerrigan is cleansed of any remaining influence [[BigBad Amon]] might still have]] by becoming Primal Zerg. The latter becomes doubly a world-saving nail, since without the tag-along Dehaka, [[spoiler: who was immune to the Psi Disruptor]], the entire Swarm would have been killed over Korhal. Finally, Zeratul discovers the importance of the Xel'naga artifact (henceforth named the Keystone) and relays this information to Artanis. [[spoiler:The Keystone is instrumental in discovering the Xel'naga world of Ulnar and cleansing the Khala of Amon's influence, which he used to brainwash much of the Khalai Protoss]].
* The ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' mission "Temporal Ambassador" is a continuation of Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration: [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise "Yesterday's Enterprise"]]. Because Natasha Yar and the ''Enterprise''-C ended up going ''forward'' in time after the episode instead of backwards, the player winds up in a timeline where the Klingons conquered the Federation, then were too weak to fight off the Dominion.
** The 23rd Century Federation player character gets to see another one in "Terminal Expanse." When you travel to the [[Film/StarTrek Kelvin Timeline]], you end up meeting your former captain-turned-admiral Issac Garret. When he sees you, he's shocked because the last he saw you, you were putting the fear into the first year Starfleet Academy cadets. This means that, because George Kirk died at the hands of the ''Narada'', you become a teacher, not a starship captain.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' explores this in a limited extent with the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Shadow-Mirror universe]] in the second game. In the regular timeline, [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Kyosuke Nanbu and Excellen Browning]] were involved in a space shuttle accident - Kyosuke [[BornLucky survived due to his incredible luck]], while Excellen technically "died" and was brought back to life by [[EldritchAbomination plant-like aliens]] called the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Einst]] who were looking for an [[AdamAndEvePlot "Eve."]] In the Shadow-Mirror universe, the shuttle accident still occurs, except Excellen's parents took her body and "revived" her as a {{Cyborg}}, taking on the new monniker "[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Lemon Browning]]". Kyosuke's counterpart "Beowulf" is only vaguely referenced, but subsequent games have upped his role by implying the Einst chose him instead, causing him to become an AxCrazy berserker, who even gets upgraded into the BigBad in the AnimatedAdaptation ''The Inspector''. For extra cosmic {{Irony}}, the one consistent aspect of Beowulf is that he's TheRival of the Shadow-Mirror's [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Axel Almer]]; both Kyosuke and Axel are the LoveInterests of their respective universes' versions of Excellen.
** Another point brought up is the "Vanishing Trooper Incident," where the experimental Huckebein's "Black Hole Engine" overloaded. In the main universe, Huckebein pilot [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Raidiese F. Branstein]] survived but lost his left hand (which was replaced by a robotic prosthesis) and became one of the pilots of the CombiningMecha SRX; in the Shadow-Mirror universe, Rai died in the accident, which caused a massive stigma against manufacturing the Huckebein series of mecha and lead to its retirement in favor of Gespensts and new designs like the Ashsaber.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal'' also explores this concept, thanks to the OriginalGeneration characters being {{Time Travel}}ers. The divergence point is the climax of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWingEndlessWaltz'', where Heero Yuy fails to penetrate the Brussels Presidential Bunker with the Wing Gundam Zero's "[[{{BFG}} Twin Buster Rifle]]". The originals' accidental time travel to the past leads to the formation of the "[[HeroesUnlimited Round Knights]]", and when they get to the critical moment where everything went wrong, [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Garrod Ran]] uses his Gundam Double X and its "[[{{BFG}} Twin Satellite Cannon]]" to back Heero up, averting the nightmare of the original timeline. This results in not only the heroes surviving, but {{Retcon}}s the more depressing ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', ''[[Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico Martian Successor Nadesico: The Prince of Darkness]]'' and ''Anime/{{Zambot 3}} out of existence, since the advanced technology the originals brought back allows the machines from those films to be created years earlier and piloted by the younger, non-screwed up versions of their original pilots as well as preventing the heroes of the latter series from dying as they did in the original series.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' deals with this in the form of "fractured dimensions", alternate universes that branched off from the main one wherein something in the the game and the previous game's lore went differently thanks to a certain "nail", or as the game calls it: "divergence catalysts". The only problem is they're also posing a threat to the main universe, and its the job of the protagonist, Ludger, to destroy said fractured universes by finding and destroying said nail. To give an example, in the previous game, DiscOneFinalBoss Nachtigal was a despotic king who became as such after his sister Carrie died in a tsunami mid-battle and his best friend Rowen ran away in shame, but in one fractured universe, though Nachtigal's sister dies anyway, Rowen remains by Nachtigal's side, and thanks to Rowen's wisdom and having Carrie's pendant as a memento, this version of Nachtigal became a benevolent and beloved king, his praises sung by everyone.
* ''VideoGame/TurningPointFallOfLiberty'' is set in an AlternateUniverse where a cab accident UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_F._Cantasano was involved in]] caused his death, as opposed to the mild injuries he suffered in real life. Without his leadership, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East are all conquered by the Nazis and as of the start of the game, they are launching a full scale invasion of the United States.
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