History HarsherInHindsight / VideoGames

24th Apr '16 11:05:24 AM KoopaKid17
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* Two in ''[[VideoGame/MarioBros Mario Super Sluggers]]'', both relating to the "close play" feature. At third base and home plate, if a fielder receives the ball just as a baserunner approaches, the runner can attack the fielder thereby jarring the ball loose. Since the game was released, UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball instituted two rule changes, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks both unpopular with fans]]. In the 2014 season, MLB brought in the Posey rule which prevents catchers from blocking the plate unless they have the ball. Two seasons later, a rule was added prohibiting takeout slides unless the baserunner makes contact with the bag.

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* Two in ''[[VideoGame/MarioBros ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Mario Super Sluggers]]'', both relating to the "close play" feature. At third base and home plate, if a fielder receives the ball just as a baserunner approaches, the runner can attack the fielder thereby jarring the ball loose. Since the game was released, UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball instituted two rule changes, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks both unpopular with fans]]. In the 2014 season, MLB brought in the Posey rule which prevents catchers from blocking the plate unless they have the ball. Two seasons later, a rule was added prohibiting takeout slides unless the baserunner makes contact with the bag.
24th Apr '16 11:05:09 AM KoopaKid17
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* Two in ''[[VideoGame/MarioBros Mario Super Sluggers]]'', both relating to the "close play" feature. At third base and home plate, if a fielder receives the ball just as a baserunner approaches, the runner can attack the fielder thereby jarring the ball loose. Since the game was released, UsefulNotes/MajorLeagueBaseball instituted two rule changes, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks both unpopular with fans]]. In the 2014 season, MLB brought in the Posey rule which prevents catchers from blocking the plate unless they have the ball. Two seasons later, a rule was added prohibiting takeout slides unless the baserunner makes contact with the bag.
19th Apr '16 5:09:11 AM Kitch
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* In 1994, there was a ''Troy Aikman NFL Football'' for Sega Genesis with a commercial that touted [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBCl1UrsDbY "They stole Troy Aikman's brain!"]] After the NFL concussion controversy, considering Aikman was concussed many times during his career (multiple times in his final season, 2000), him saying "homina homina homina" doesn't seem so funny anymore.
24th Mar '16 7:46:07 AM WillyFourEyes
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** The very depiction of a PresidentEvil named Al-Asad is itself HarsherInHindsight when you consider the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Civil_War_%282011%E2%80%93present%29 ongoing Syrian uprising and civil war]] against a government led by a president named, guess who, Al-Assad.

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** The very depiction of a PresidentEvil named Al-Asad is itself HarsherInHindsight when you consider the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syrian_Civil_War_%282011%E2%80%93present%29 ongoing Syrian uprising and civil war]] against a government led by a president named, guess who, named--you guessed it--Bashar Al-Assad.



* In ''GhostRecon'', released in 2002 and set in 2008, a war between NATO and an Ultranationalist Russia starts off with the Russians backing Georgian separatists in an invasion of Georgia. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Osetia_war Fast forward to 2008 and]]...

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* In ''GhostRecon'', ''VideoGame/GhostRecon'', released in 2002 and set in 2008, a war between NATO and an Ultranationalist Russia starts off with the Russians backing Georgian separatists in an invasion of Georgia. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Osetia_war Fast forward to 2008 and]]...



* The 2004 James Bond video game "Everything or Nothing" has a sequence of Bond trying to stop the villains from destroying the levees around New Orleans, M saying that without those, the city will be flooded. Less than a year later, Hurricane Katrina hit.

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* The 2004 James Bond Film/JamesBond video game "Everything or Nothing" ''VideoGame/EverythingOrNothing'' has a sequence of Bond trying to stop the villains from destroying the levees around New Orleans, M saying that without those, the city will be flooded. Less than a year later, Hurricane Katrina hit.




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* Seeing the name of one of ''VideoGame/DriveClub''[='=]s (possibly) final DLC expansion tours, "Finish Line", stings quite a bit harder knowing that it was released the very same day Evolution Studios was shut down.



* An in-game example comes from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Close to the beginning, there is a cutscene about Lloyd's [[OrphansPlotTrinket Exphere]] in with Genis says something about his mother protecting him through it. It feels way heavier the second time you play it since [[spoiler: you then know that the Desians imprisoned his mother's probably [[AndIMustScream still conscious]] soul in the stone, which gives it its power.]]

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* An in-game example comes from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Close to the beginning, there is a cutscene about Lloyd's [[OrphansPlotTrinket Exphere]] Exsphere]] in with Genis says something about his mother protecting him through it. It feels way heavier the second time you play it since [[spoiler: you then know that the Desians imprisoned his mother's probably [[AndIMustScream still conscious]] soul in the stone, which gives it its power.]]



** Tron himself is a party member in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', and develops a strong friendship with [[{{TheHero}} Sora]], though he is often prone to be [[{{DistressedDude}} in distress]] (especially in the [[{{Manga/KingdomHeartsII}} manga adaptation]]), and requires the teenager to save him. Now try and see him captured and fighting for his life in the game grid after seeing the sequel. Or worse, after playing ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', where [[spoiler: he serves as a boss for Sora]]!

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** Tron himself is a party member in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', and develops a strong friendship with [[{{TheHero}} [[TheHero Sora]], though he is often prone to be [[{{DistressedDude}} [[DistressedDude in distress]] (especially in the [[{{Manga/KingdomHeartsII}} [[Manga/KingdomHeartsII manga adaptation]]), and requires the teenager to save him. Now try and see him captured and fighting for his life in the game grid after seeing the sequel. Or worse, after playing ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', where [[spoiler: he serves as a boss for Sora]]!



** One of the most gut-wrenching is [[spoiler:this quote from Diego Armando/Godot when he is describing Maggey Byrde's supposed guilt: "Using the dark, aromatic depths of coffee to conceal the poison...classy lady!"]] It really hits home when you find out [[spoiler: [[DarkAndTroubledPast Armando]] himself was poisoned by the murderous Dahila Hathorne and fell into a five-year coma, during which time Mia Fey, the love of his life, was murdered. [[JerkassWoobie Poor guy]] really had in rough...]]
** Another example comes in ''Rise from the Ashes'' in the first game. Phoenix being accused of [[spoiler:illegally withholding a piece of crucial evidence and having Gant say his badge will be taken away]] becomes a lot more apparent and foreshadowed when Phoenix is disbarred in the fourth game after he [[spoiler:unknowingly presents forged evidence during a murder trial.]] This could however be a deliberate foreshadowing since ''Rise from the Ashes'' was made and released in the DS port for the first time while the fourth game was probably already in development.
** ''Dual Destinies'' has a extremely dark example, especially by ''Ace Attorney'' standards. The first case features a bombing of a courtroom, where the courtroom was cleared in time before the explosion. This was thanks to Ted Tonate alerting everyone to the bomb. Later on, Ted Tonate is fingered by Phoenix as being the real bomber, and that he detonated the bomb to hide a murder, leading the player to conclude that Tonate must have tried to clear the courtroom out on purpose. The fact he killed someone, blew a courtroom up, and risked killing innocent people is bad enough for this to a dark case. But it gets a whole lot worse much later on in the game [[spoiler:when the player learns that the actual bomber wasn't Ted Tonate, but someone else who stole the remote switch and then detonated the bomb with it. In other words, the actual bomber DID mean for everyone to still be in the courtroom when the bomb went off. It was simply by luck that Tonate noticed the bomb was activated and alerted everyone. Making the bombing of the courtroom a WHOLE look harsher AND darker in hindsight.]]
* Another in-story example from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'': Noble Six is notified to be a soldier with a hyper-lethal skill set and a lone wolf personality. Carter, Noble Team's leader and Noble Six's new commander, upon meeting Noble Six tells them that he is happy to have a soldier with Noble Six's skill set on the team but that those lone wolf tendencies should stay behind now that he/she is part of a team. Near the end of the game Noble Team is assigned to defend the ''Pillar of Autumn'' and [[spoiler:all of Noble Team dies in the process]] except for Noble Six (and Jun who escaped with Dr. Hasley according to WordOfGod) who stays behind on Reach to make sure the ''Pillar'' can escape Reach. Carter's statements become sadly ironic as [[spoiler:Noble Six is left alone as the only Spartan, or UNSC soldier period, on Reach]] and all he/she can do is watch as Reach is glassed by the Covenant. Forced to become a lone wolf once again [[spoiler:Noble Six's final actions are to fight against unrelenting waves of Covenant forces in a Last Stand that lasts for several hours until he/she is finally subdued and killed]]. Decades later, the only reminder on Reach that any sort of conflict had ever occurred is the shattered remains of Noble Six's helmet, a lone wolf but a noble and courageous one indeed.

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** One of the most gut-wrenching is [[spoiler:this quote from Diego Armando/Godot when he is describing Maggey Byrde's supposed guilt: "Using the dark, aromatic depths of coffee to conceal the poison...classy lady!"]] It really hits home when you find out [[spoiler: [[DarkAndTroubledPast Armando]] himself was poisoned by the murderous Dahila Dahlia Hathorne and fell into a five-year coma, during which time Mia Fey, the love of his life, was murdered. [[JerkassWoobie Poor guy]] guy really had in rough...]]
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** Another example comes in ''Rise from the Ashes'' in [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney the first game.game]]. Phoenix being accused of [[spoiler:illegally withholding a piece of crucial evidence and having Gant say his badge will be taken away]] becomes a lot more apparent and foreshadowed when Phoenix is disbarred in the fourth game after he [[spoiler:unknowingly presents forged evidence during a murder trial.]] This could however be a deliberate foreshadowing since ''Rise from the Ashes'' was made and released in the DS port for the first time while [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney the fourth game game]] was probably already in development.
** ''Dual Destinies'' ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' has a extremely dark example, especially by ''Ace Attorney'' standards. The first case features a bombing of a courtroom, where the courtroom was cleared in time before the explosion. This was thanks to Ted Tonate alerting everyone to the bomb. Later on, Ted Tonate is fingered by Phoenix as being the real bomber, and that he detonated the bomb to hide a murder, leading the player to conclude that Tonate must have tried to clear the courtroom out on purpose. The fact he killed someone, blew a courtroom up, and risked killing innocent people is bad enough for this to a dark case. But it gets a whole lot worse much later on in the game [[spoiler:when the player learns that the actual bomber wasn't Ted Tonate, but someone else who stole the remote switch and then detonated the bomb with it. In other words, the actual bomber DID ''did'' mean for everyone to still be in the courtroom when the bomb went off. It was simply by luck that Tonate noticed the bomb was activated and alerted everyone. Making everyone, making the bombing of the courtroom a WHOLE look whole lot harsher AND ''and'' darker in hindsight.]]
* Another in-story example from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'': Noble Six is notified to be a soldier with a hyper-lethal skill set and a lone wolf personality. Carter, Noble Team's leader and Noble Six's new commander, upon meeting Noble Six tells them that he is happy to have a soldier with Noble Six's skill set on the team but that those lone wolf tendencies should stay behind now that he/she is part of a team. Near the end of the game Noble Team is assigned to defend the ''Pillar of Autumn'' and [[spoiler:all of Noble Team dies in the process]] except for Noble Six (and Jun who escaped with Dr. Hasley Halsey according to WordOfGod) who stays behind on Reach to make sure the ''Pillar'' can escape Reach. Carter's statements become sadly ironic as [[spoiler:Noble Six is left alone as the only Spartan, or UNSC soldier period, on Reach]] and all he/she can do is watch as Reach is glassed by the Covenant. Forced to become a lone wolf once again [[spoiler:Noble Six's final actions are to fight against unrelenting waves of Covenant forces in a Last Stand that lasts for several hours until he/she is finally subdued and killed]]. Decades later, the only reminder on Reach that any sort of conflict had ever occurred is the shattered remains of Noble Six's helmet, a lone wolf but a noble and courageous one indeed.



%% * People used to joke about Franchise/MegaMan having too many games released. Just look around you.
12th Mar '16 4:22:22 PM MyFinalEdits
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* And then there's [[http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lfpdxafEQ51qc7etro1_400.jpg this]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. A closer depiction to the ''Film/DieHard'' example above. Reads "the end is coming October 26". Majora's Mask released October 26, 2000, which was less than a year prior to the Trade Center attack.

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* And then there's [[http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lfpdxafEQ51qc7etro1_400.jpg this]] This promotional poster]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. A closer depiction to the ''Film/DieHard'' example above.''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''. Reads "the end is coming October 26". Majora's Mask released October 26, 2000, which was less than a year prior to the Trade Center attack.



* YuukoKaida voicing Lara Croft in ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'' voiced Marida Cruz in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn''. Look up Marida to know what kind of trauma she goes through...

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* YuukoKaida Creator/YuukoKaida voicing Lara Croft in ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'' voiced Marida Cruz in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn''. Look up Marida to know what kind of trauma she goes through...



* This quote from Carlov in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', referring in-game to the loss of members in the Nintendo Gallery, but retroactively becoming meaningful for the controversial (even to this day) transition between the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube and the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, as well as between the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance and the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS:

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* ''Franchise/ThelegendOfZelda'':
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This quote from Carlov in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', referring in-game to the loss of members in the Nintendo Gallery, but retroactively becoming meaningful for the controversial (even to this day) transition between the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube and the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, as well as between the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance and the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS:



* On the topic of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', the Happy Mask Salesman who appears in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages]]'' is eerily reminiscent of the anti-Semitic "Happy Merchant" caricature that has recently been making the rounds of the seedier corners of the Internet.

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* On the topic of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', the ** The Happy Mask Salesman who appears in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages]]'' is eerily reminiscent of the anti-Semitic "Happy Merchant" caricature that has recently been started making the rounds of the seedier corners of the Internet.



* An in story example for ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations''. On the final mission Ezio goes into the library in Masyaf, there are absolutely no books or anything at all, save a ring of chairs with only one occupant: [[spoiler: the skeleton of Altair.]] You then have an Altair Memory, of him dousing all of the torches in the hall to the library (mirroring Ezio relighting them as he goes into it) and then hiding the Apple of Eden behind a wall. The final mission statement? [[TearJerker Take a seat and rest for a bit.]]

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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'':
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An in story example for ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations''. On the final mission Ezio goes into the library in Masyaf, there are absolutely no books or anything at all, save a ring of chairs with only one occupant: [[spoiler: the skeleton of Altair.]] You then have an Altair Memory, of him dousing all of the torches in the hall to the library (mirroring Ezio relighting them as he goes into it) and then hiding the Apple of Eden behind a wall. The final mission statement? [[TearJerker Take a seat and rest for a bit.]]



* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Ashley writes an e-mail to her sister warning her not to fraternize, as she doesn't want to have romantic feelings come into play when deciding which of her subordinates lives or who dies. On Virmire, [[spoiler:where you [[MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers must choose between saving Kaidan and Ashley]], both of whom can be romanced, it's possible to sacrifice Ashley to save a romanced Kaidan or save a romanced Ashley at the cost of Kaidan's life, making Ashley a potential victim or reluctant beneficiary of this kind of thought]].

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
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In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Ashley writes an e-mail to her sister warning her not to fraternize, as she doesn't want to have romantic feelings come into play when deciding which of her subordinates lives or who dies. On Virmire, [[spoiler:where you [[MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers must choose between saving Kaidan and Ashley]], both of whom can be romanced, it's possible to sacrifice Ashley to save a romanced Kaidan or save a romanced Ashley at the cost of Kaidan's life, making Ashley a potential victim or reluctant beneficiary of this kind of thought]].
12th Mar '16 8:08:12 AM DragonRanger
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* Any and every time Samus's narration mentions Adam in ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Fusion'', after ''Other M'' was released. A more specific instance is when an AI asks Samus, "Did this Adam care for you? Would he sit in a safe Command Room and order you to die?" Years later, you have Adam seeming to barely care about Samus, sitting in a safe command room, and ordering Samus to not use weapons or protective gear while being chased by monsters through boiling lava. So... yes, then.

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* Any and every time Samus's narration mentions Adam in ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Fusion'', ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', after ''Other M'' ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'' was released. A more specific instance is when an AI asks Samus, "Did this Adam care for you? Would he sit in a safe Command Room and order you to die?" Years later, you have Adam seeming to barely care about Samus, sitting in a safe command room, and ordering Samus to not use weapons or protective gear while being chased by monsters through boiling lava. So... yes, then.
25th Feb '16 3:35:18 PM ergeis
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* Caesar's Legion from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is disturbingly similar to the Islamic State of the Levant.
19th Feb '16 4:34:36 PM JackTheHammer
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* An in-game example comes from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Close to the beginning, there is a cutscene about Lloyd's [[OrphansPlotTrinket Exphere]] in with Genis says something about his mother protecting him through it. It feels way heavier the second time you play it since [[spoiler: you then know that the Desians imprisoned his mother's probably [[AndIMustScream still conscious]] soul in the stone, which gives it its power.]]
* These are everywhere in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' because of its prologue structure. Playing the game again and seeing how much everyone changes is one thing, but there's also lots of awful {{Foreshadowing}} around. Probably the worst one is when Asbel tells Hubert that he's pretending Richard is his older brother, and Hubert asks "What about me? Am I still your brother?" Pathetic on its own, but even worse once you know that [[spoiler: Hubert's about to be adopted by the Oswell family, and he makes it very clear in the beginning of the adult arc that because of the adoption, he ''doesn't'' consider Asbel his brother anymore.]]



* In-universe example of this trope is the premise of ''VideoGame/AlanWake'', as the eponymous writer gets caught up in scenarios eerily reminiscent of the books he wrote.



* What was already a pretty heavy bit of foreshadowing in the Human Noble backstory of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' becomes painful to see on a second playthrough. While talking to your brother and his family, you can engage your young nephew in a conversation about swords, at which point his father says [[spoiler:[[TemptingFate "Don't worry, son. You'll get to see a sword up close real soon, I promise."]]]]
** In the ExpansionPack ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'', the banter between Anders and Justice [[spoiler:about demonic possession]] is horrifying and ironic when you consider what happens in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
** And now [[spoiler:Anders blowing up the Chantry]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is rather uncomfortable in the wake of the 2011 Norway attacks, especially since the perpetrator happens [[spoiler:to share the same name with him and even look surprisingly similar]].

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* What was already a pretty heavy bit of foreshadowing in the Human Noble backstory of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' becomes painful to see on a second playthrough. While talking to your brother and his family, you can engage your young nephew in a conversation about swords, at which point his father says [[spoiler:[[TemptingFate "Don't worry, son. You'll get to see a sword up close real soon, I promise."]]]]
** In the ExpansionPack ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'', the banter between Anders and Justice [[spoiler:about demonic possession]] is horrifying and ironic when you consider what happens in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
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[[spoiler:Anders blowing up the Chantry]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is rather uncomfortable in the wake of the 2011 Norway attacks, especially since the perpetrator happens [[spoiler:to share the same name with him and even look surprisingly similar]].



* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'':
** About half of the Unova region (based on the New York City area and part of New Jersey) is frozen over by a tremendous snowstorm, forcing many characters to relocate and leaving the fates of others uncertain. In 2012, a good chunk of New York City and part of New Jersey was flooded and/or otherwise damaged by Hurricane Sandy, forcing many people to relocate and leaving the fates of others uncertain. It gets even more accurate with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013%E2%80%9314_North_American_cold_wave Polar Vortex]] in 2013.
** There's a mild in-game example of this: Before you get your first Pokémon, your rival's little sister tells you to make sure you take good care of it. When you reach Nimbasa City, you learn that [[spoiler:her Pokémon was stolen five years ago by Team Plasma, and your rival is hell-bent on getting it back and taking revenge on them.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'' and its sequel comic ''Ghost in the Machine'' came out in 2003, well before Film/TronLegacy was even written. 2.0 is even considered CanonDiscontinuity or AlternateContinuity. Still, about half the game's plot straddle the line between this and HilariousInHindsight when it comes to light that in ''both timelines,'' Kevin Flynn and Tron vanished under mysterious circumstances. There was also a plot element with a Tron upgrade code (which is ''called'' the Tron Legacy code...) with an unfortunate bug in it that turns the Program it's installed into AxCrazy.
** Even one of the weapons counts. The Sequencer disc allows Jet to split his disc into multiple parts and fight with them. Remember who fights with multiple discs in the canon sequel?
** The Energy Claw resembles a [[StarWars Sith Force-Choke]]. Appropriately enough, it's a Datawraith (digitized User) weapon.
** The Rod Primitive is an improvised melee weapon using a lightcycle rod. Sam Flynn had the right idea, but the wrong execution.
** One of the story drivers is Alan and Jet's rocky father-son relationship; lots of love, but very little understanding. Queue ''WesternAmimation/TronUprising'' where Tron and his apprentice Beck have a creepily similar relationship. [[note]]Given that, in the first film, Programs ''strongly'' resembled the humans who created them, this has led to some speculation that Back might actually be Jet's Program [[/note]]
** And for more unfortunate moments in Film/{{Tron}} games, check out the UsefulNotes/{{Intellivision}} games. In ''VideoGame/TronDeadlyDiscs'' Mattel got an early, incorrect draft of the script. They screwed up and made Tron an ''orange'' (bad guy colored) sprite, cutting through hordes of ''blue'' (good guy colored) enemies. A simple mix-up in 1982 gets ''much'' nastier when you factor in "Rinzler." The other one is from ''Maze-A-Tron.'' You're playing Flynn, trapped on a circuit board and trying to navigate the maze - alone, [[EndlessGame with no way to win]]...
** Tron himself is a party member in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', and develops a strong friendship with [[{{TheHero}} Sora]], though he is often prone to be [[{{DistressedDude}} in distress]] (especially in the [[{{Manga/KingdomHeartsII}} manga adaptation]]), and requires the teenager to save him. Now try and see him captured and fighting for his life in the game grid after seeing the sequel. Or worse, after playing ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', where [[spoiler: he serves as a boss for Sora]]!
* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series has quite a few.
** One of the most gut-wrenching is [[spoiler:this quote from Diego Armando/Godot when he is describing Maggey Byrde's supposed guilt: "Using the dark, aromatic depths of coffee to conceal the poison...classy lady!"]] It really hits home when you find out [[spoiler: [[DarkAndTroubledPast Armando]] himself was poisoned by the murderous Dahila Hathorne and fell into a five-year coma, during which time Mia Fey, the love of his life, was murdered. [[JerkassWoobie Poor guy]] really had in rough...]]
** In some ways, case three of the third game became a little bit harsher, or maybe just weird to play through, for those who live in Chicago. The case features a sudden "out of nowhere" lottery winner dying from cyanide poisoning. [[http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/April-2013/Poison-Lotto/ A real life case occurred in early 2013 when a Chicagoan died in the exact same circumstances.]]
** Another example comes in ''Rise from the Ashes'' in the first game. Phoenix being accused of [[spoiler:illegally withholding a piece of crucial evidence and having Gant say his badge will be taken away]] becomes a lot more apparent and foreshadowed when Phoenix is disbarred in the fourth game after he [[spoiler:unknowingly presents forged evidence during a murder trial.]] This could however be a deliberate foreshadowing since ''Rise from the Ashes'' was made and released in the DS port for the first time while the fourth game was probably already in development.
** ''Dual Destinies'' has a extremely dark example, especially by ''Ace Attorney'' standards. The first case features a bombing of a courtroom, where the courtroom was cleared in time before the explosion. This was thanks to Ted Tonate alerting everyone to the bomb. Later on, Ted Tonate is fingered by Phoenix as being the real bomber, and that he detonated the bomb to hide a murder, leading the player to conclude that Tonate must have tried to clear the courtroom out on purpose. The fact he killed someone, blew a courtroom up, and risked killing innocent people is bad enough for this to a dark case. But it gets a whole lot worse much later on in the game [[spoiler:when the player learns that the actual bomber wasn't Ted Tonate, but someone else who stole the remote switch and then detonated the bomb with it. In other words, the actual bomber DID mean for everyone to still be in the courtroom when the bomb went off. It was simply by luck that Tonate noticed the bomb was activated and alerted everyone. Making the bombing of the courtroom a WHOLE look harsher AND darker in hindsight.]]
* Another in-story example from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'': Noble Six is notified to be a soldier with a hyper-lethal skill set and a lone wolf personality. Carter, Noble Team's leader and Noble Six's new commander, upon meeting Noble Six tells them that he is happy to have a soldier with Noble Six's skill set on the team but that those lone wolf tendencies should stay behind now that he/she is part of a team. Near the end of the game Noble Team is assigned to defend the ''Pillar of Autumn'' and [[spoiler:all of Noble Team dies in the process]] except for Noble Six (and Jun who escaped with Dr. Hasley according to WordOfGod) who stays behind on Reach to make sure the ''Pillar'' can escape Reach. Carter's statements become sadly ironic as [[spoiler:Noble Six is left alone as the only Spartan, or UNSC soldier period, on Reach]] and all he/she can do is watch as Reach is glassed by the Covenant. Forced to become a lone wolf once again [[spoiler:Noble Six's final actions are to fight against unrelenting waves of Covenant forces in a Last Stand that lasts for several hours until he/she is finally subdued and killed]]. Decades later, the only reminder on Reach that any sort of conflict had ever occurred is the shattered remains of Noble Six's helmet, a lone wolf but a noble and courageous one indeed.
* An in story example for ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations''. On the final mission Ezio goes into the library in Masyaf, there are absolutely no books or anything at all, save a ring of chairs with only one occupant: [[spoiler: the skeleton of Altair.]] You then have an Altair Memory, of him dousing all of the torches in the hall to the library (mirroring Ezio relighting them as he goes into it) and then hiding the Apple of Eden behind a wall. The final mission statement? [[TearJerker Take a seat and rest for a bit.]]
** Comes again in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', when you realize that he had lost another loved one in the city he lived in and watched helplessly as his father and brothers were executed. He had every reason to brutally execute Savonarola for the death of [[spoiler: Cristina]]. It took a lot of self control to not give him the same fate he had given [[spoiler: Vieri and Uberto]]

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* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'':
**
''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'': About half of the Unova region (based on the New York City area and part of New Jersey) is frozen over by a tremendous snowstorm, forcing many characters to relocate and leaving the fates of others uncertain. In 2012, a good chunk of New York City and part of New Jersey was flooded and/or otherwise damaged by Hurricane Sandy, forcing many people to relocate and leaving the fates of others uncertain. It gets even more accurate with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013%E2%80%9314_North_American_cold_wave Polar Vortex]] in 2013.
** There's a mild in-game example of this: Before you get your first Pokémon, your rival's little sister tells you to make sure you take good care of it. When you reach Nimbasa City, you learn that [[spoiler:her Pokémon was stolen five years ago by Team Plasma, and your rival is hell-bent on getting it back and taking revenge on them.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'' and its sequel comic ''Ghost in the Machine'' came out in 2003, well before Film/TronLegacy was even written. 2.0 is even considered CanonDiscontinuity or AlternateContinuity. Still, about half the game's plot straddle the line between this and HilariousInHindsight when it comes to light that in ''both timelines,'' Kevin Flynn and Tron vanished under mysterious circumstances. There was also a plot element with a Tron upgrade code (which is ''called'' the Tron Legacy code...) with an unfortunate bug in it that turns the Program it's installed into AxCrazy.
** Even one
In some ways, case three of the weapons counts. The Sequencer disc allows Jet to split his disc into multiple parts and fight with them. Remember who fights with multiple discs in the canon sequel?
** The Energy Claw resembles a [[StarWars Sith Force-Choke]]. Appropriately enough, it's a Datawraith (digitized User) weapon.
** The Rod Primitive is an improvised melee weapon using a lightcycle rod. Sam Flynn had the right idea, but the wrong execution.
** One of the story drivers is Alan and Jet's rocky father-son relationship; lots of love, but very little understanding. Queue ''WesternAmimation/TronUprising'' where Tron and his apprentice Beck have a creepily similar relationship. [[note]]Given that, in the first film, Programs ''strongly'' resembled the humans who created them, this has led to some speculation that Back might actually be Jet's Program [[/note]]
** And for more unfortunate moments in Film/{{Tron}} games, check out the UsefulNotes/{{Intellivision}} games. In ''VideoGame/TronDeadlyDiscs'' Mattel got an early, incorrect draft of the script. They screwed up and made Tron an ''orange'' (bad guy colored) sprite, cutting through hordes of ''blue'' (good guy colored) enemies. A simple mix-up in 1982 gets ''much'' nastier when you factor in "Rinzler." The other one is from ''Maze-A-Tron.'' You're playing Flynn, trapped on a circuit board and trying to navigate the maze - alone, [[EndlessGame with no way to win]]...
** Tron himself is a party member in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', and develops a strong friendship with [[{{TheHero}} Sora]], though he is often prone to be [[{{DistressedDude}} in distress]] (especially in the [[{{Manga/KingdomHeartsII}} manga adaptation]]), and requires the teenager to save him. Now try and see him captured and fighting for his life in the game grid after seeing the sequel. Or worse, after playing ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', where [[spoiler: he serves as a boss for Sora]]!
* The
third ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series has quite a few.
** One of the most gut-wrenching is [[spoiler:this quote from Diego Armando/Godot when he is describing Maggey Byrde's supposed guilt: "Using the dark, aromatic depths of coffee to conceal the poison...classy lady!"]] It really hits home when you find out [[spoiler: [[DarkAndTroubledPast Armando]] himself was poisoned by the murderous Dahila Hathorne and fell into a five-year coma, during which time Mia Fey, the love of his life, was murdered. [[JerkassWoobie Poor guy]] really had in rough...]]
** In some ways, case three of the third
game became a little bit harsher, or maybe just weird to play through, for those who live in Chicago. The case features a sudden "out of nowhere" lottery winner dying from cyanide poisoning. [[http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/April-2013/Poison-Lotto/ A real life case occurred in early 2013 when a Chicagoan died in the exact same circumstances.]]
** Another example comes in ''Rise from the Ashes'' in the first game. Phoenix being accused of [[spoiler:illegally withholding a piece of crucial evidence and having Gant say his badge will be taken away]] becomes a lot more apparent and foreshadowed when Phoenix is disbarred in the fourth game after he [[spoiler:unknowingly presents forged evidence during a murder trial.]] This could however be a deliberate foreshadowing since ''Rise from the Ashes'' was made and released in the DS port for the first time while the fourth game was probably already in development.
** ''Dual Destinies'' has a extremely dark example, especially by ''Ace Attorney'' standards. The first case features a bombing of a courtroom, where the courtroom was cleared in time before the explosion. This was thanks to Ted Tonate alerting everyone to the bomb. Later on, Ted Tonate is fingered by Phoenix as being the real bomber, and that he detonated the bomb to hide a murder, leading the player to conclude that Tonate must have tried to clear the courtroom out on purpose. The fact he killed someone, blew a courtroom up, and risked killing innocent people is bad enough for this to a dark case. But it gets a whole lot worse much later on in the game [[spoiler:when the player learns that the actual bomber wasn't Ted Tonate, but someone else who stole the remote switch and then detonated the bomb with it. In other words, the actual bomber DID mean for everyone to still be in the courtroom when the bomb went off. It was simply by luck that Tonate noticed the bomb was activated and alerted everyone. Making the bombing of the courtroom a WHOLE look harsher AND darker in hindsight.]]
* Another in-story example from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'': Noble Six is notified to be a soldier with a hyper-lethal skill set and a lone wolf personality. Carter, Noble Team's leader and Noble Six's new commander, upon meeting Noble Six tells them that he is happy to have a soldier with Noble Six's skill set on the team but that those lone wolf tendencies should stay behind now that he/she is part of a team. Near the end of the game Noble Team is assigned to defend the ''Pillar of Autumn'' and [[spoiler:all of Noble Team dies in the process]] except for Noble Six (and Jun who escaped with Dr. Hasley according to WordOfGod) who stays behind on Reach to make sure the ''Pillar'' can escape Reach. Carter's statements become sadly ironic as [[spoiler:Noble Six is left alone as the only Spartan, or UNSC soldier period, on Reach]] and all he/she can do is watch as Reach is glassed by the Covenant. Forced to become a lone wolf once again [[spoiler:Noble Six's final actions are to fight against unrelenting waves of Covenant forces in a Last Stand that lasts for several hours until he/she is finally subdued and killed]]. Decades later, the only reminder on Reach that any sort of conflict had ever occurred is the shattered remains of Noble Six's helmet, a lone wolf but a noble and courageous one indeed.
* An in story example for ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations''. On the final mission Ezio goes into the library in Masyaf, there are absolutely no books or anything at all, save a ring of chairs with only one occupant: [[spoiler: the skeleton of Altair.]] You then have an Altair Memory, of him dousing all of the torches in the hall to the library (mirroring Ezio relighting them as he goes into it) and then hiding the Apple of Eden behind a wall. The final mission statement? [[TearJerker Take a seat and rest for a bit.]]
** Comes again in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', when you realize that he had lost another loved one in the city he lived in and watched helplessly as his father and brothers were executed. He had every reason to brutally execute Savonarola for the death of [[spoiler: Cristina]]. It took a lot of self control to not give him the same fate he had given [[spoiler: Vieri and Uberto]]
]]



* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Ashley writes an e-mail to her sister warning her not to fraternize, as she doesn't want to have romantic feelings come into play when deciding which of her subordinates lives or who dies. On Virmire, [[spoiler:where you [[MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers must choose between saving Kaidan and Ashley]], both of whom can be romanced, it's possible to sacrifice Ashley to save a romanced Kaidan or save a romanced Ashley at the cost of Kaidan's life, making Ashley a potential victim or reluctant beneficiary of this kind of thought]].
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', if you choose to [[spoiler:allow the quarians to destroy the geth, EDI]] will [[WhatTheHellHero criticize the logic behind your decision]], suggesting that [[spoiler:if given the choice, Shepard would save Joker over her]]. This gets even harsher if, at the end of the game, you [[spoiler:take the Destroy ending, which not only destroys the Reapers, but all synthetic life in the galaxy, EDI included]].
* An in-game (and fully intended) example in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'': During Act 3, Leah's journal mentions how the spirits she's trying to keep trapped within the black soulstone are starting to wear on her, but comforts herself by remembering that once [[spoiler:Asmodan is dead and captured, and]] the black soulstone is destroyed, she'll be herself again. At the end of the act, before the soulstone can be destroyed, [[spoiler:Diablo's spirit is freed from the stone and placed into Leah's body, turning her into the Prime Evil and the end boss of the game, whom the player must then destroy to save the day.]]
%% * People used to joke about Franchise/MegaMan having too many games released. Just look around you.
* Shooting down the Gesselschaft, the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Bonne's flagship]] in ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' is pretty satisfying because it's easily [[ThatOneBoss the most difficult battle in the game]]... unless you play the prequel game ''The Misadventures Of Tron Bonne'' where you learn not only did Tiesel almost ''die'' for them to acquire the ship, but the family inadvertenly saved the entire world from [[BiggerBad Lex Loathe]] in their efforts to save him.



* An in-story example occurs in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''. At one point during Nageki's route, Hiyoko tells him (in a non-malicious way) that he's like a [[spoiler:friendly ghost]] that hangs around the library. [[spoiler:Then later on it's revealed that [[DeadAllAlong Nageki really]] ''[[DeadAllAlong is]]'' [[DeadAllAlong a ghost]] (having [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]] 5 years ago), and is ''unable'' to leave the library]].
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'':
** The game makes the [[spoiler:original Organization XIII arc]] much harsher as it reveals that [[spoiler:the members were actually growing new hearts]]. It makes you feel sad for Demyx, [[spoiler:"Oh, we do too have hearts!"]].
** Demyx's [[ThatOneBoss infamous sudden compotence as a boss fight]] along with the very uncharacteristic "silence, traitor" line before said fight is a lot harsher now that we know [[spoiler: Xehanort was using Organization XIII as vessels in a GrandTheftMe plan. It's likely Demyx was mostly assimilated by Xehanort by them.]]
** [[spoiler: Sora's heart shattering from darkness due to his inexperience with it and causing his DisneyDeath.]] It's hard to take after recalling this line: "The closer you get to the light, the greater your shadow becomes."
* In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'':
** Quark gives Sigma a letter about how he met his adoptive grandfather and how he gushed about getting a chance to have root beer float which none of his friends ever had. [[spoiler: This is actually a hint that the world has pretty much gone post-apocalypse.]]
** There's a moment when Sigma's monologuing about how he can't see a reason for his kidnapping. The first first two of examples he gives, he goes on to do during the game. [[spoiler:Considering his special ability, this might not have been a coincidence.]] The characters' dismissal that they're in quarantine facility due to none of them obviously not having radical-6 becomes harsh when you learn that [[spoiler:some of them do have radical-6. And even harsher when you learn that EVERYONE has radical-6, but didn't notice due to the fact they're all on the moon, so the effects it has [slowing your brain's processing speed down by a root of root-one-sixth] got cancelled out. There's also the bad ending in which all of the cast, including the protagonist, kills themselves in quite gruesome fashion due to the effects of radical-6.]]
---> Sigma: [[spoiler:Had I started a fight with a new and powerful religion]]? No... [[spoiler:Had I hacked into a terrorist group's server]]? No...
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has a bucketful if you've played ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. That HopeSpot (and lightside boost) on Taris with those Outcasts? Yeah, instead of a quick death by orbital bombardment, you instead condemned the lot to be picked off by disease, rakghouls, starvation, and finished off with toxic waste. Playing the "canonical" option as a Light Side Male with a Bastila romance? Well, your character knocks Bastila up, has a Force vision about the HumanoidAbomination Sith Emperor, and runs off to try and stop it, leaving their friends and loved ones behind ''without so much as a holocron warning them about the threat or telling them why you had to leave.'' They spend the rest of their lives waiting and you never return. Even worse is if you go canon with the sequel, which is already running on this Trope. Exile hooks up with Revan, they try to take on the Emperor. [[KarmaHoudini Lord Scourge]] literally stabs Exile in the back, Revan ends up with the same fate Malak put all those Jedi in, then goes insane and tries to commit genocide of anyone with a ''trace'' of Sith blood before the ''Imperials'' save the galaxy by putting him out of his misery. Canderous's people become vassals of the Sith again (with those who followed his teachings hunted down by the Imperials), and the Sith charge in and lay waste to half the Republic anyway - so everything in both games turned out to be near-completely pointless.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'', Ness can randomly get Homesickness, a crippling condition which causes him to waste turns in battle thinking about home. The only way to cure it is by calling Mom. [[BlatantLies Good thing]] this doesn't happen to Lucas in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''!
* Pretty much everything involving [[spoiler: Penelope]] in ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' becomes really painful after knowing [[spoiler: she does a FaceHeelTurn in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime''.]]



* Any and every time Samus's narration mentions Adam in ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Fusion'', after ''Other M'' was released. A more specific instance is when an AI asks Samus, "Did this Adam care for you? Would he sit in a safe Command Room and order you to die?" Years later, you have Adam seeming to barely care about Samus, sitting in a safe command room, and ordering Samus to not use weapons or protective gear while being chased by monsters through boiling lava. So... yes, then.



* During the years between the release of the Katawa Shoujo demo and the full game coming out, an ''enormous'' amount of the Hanako centered fanfics followed the formula of "[character] comforts Hanako, protecting her, cuddling her and tells her she's beautiful, and Hanako falls in love with them forever." Cue Hanako's route from the game, which revolves around [[spoiler: an absolutely ''brutal'' deconstruction of that very same idea, showing that this type of behavior would cause terrible emotional damage to both parties involved.]] The fanfic writers had a lot of painful introspection to do.
* In-universe example in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' ''Xrd''. During a flashback sequence, Sol and Aria are sitting together and Aria talks about wanting to be like a bird, [[CallOfTheWildBlueYonder flying through the sky carefree]], to which Sol responds that he imagines being like a roach, having no natural predators, no concern for socio-political bullshit and being very hard to kill. Of course, this also sums up [[WhoWantsToLiveForever his future life]] as [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie an unwilling]] [[HumanoidAbomination Gear]].
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' has quite a few elements that fall into this with later games in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'':
** Just before the final boss fight, [[spoiler:Joker turns his TITAN gun on himself while talking like he'd been DrivenToSuicide: "I have nothing left to live for."]] Fast-forward to ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', and [[spoiler:his death by TITAN poisoning]].
** [[spoiler:Though successful]], [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins this isn't the first time]] [[spoiler:he tried to turn the gun on himself]].
** In addition, there's [[spoiler: Batman briefly getting infected by the TITAN formula himself near the end of ''Asylum'', but is able to successfully overcome the effects. He wouldn't be as lucky the second time around, this time getting infected with the tainted batch of it mixed with Joker's blood, leading to far more devastating effects on his body]].



* Prior to the release of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4'', David Near, who had previously done fan voices for the animatronics, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz2Uye6Caw4 pulled]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-dG7OYeOZc out]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsB4uTPUVzM&feature=em-uploademail all]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02txpOo5xoM the]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtVyammM9Ow stops]] on making the already scary animatronics completely terrifying.[[note]]Granted, his sister, Bridgette voiced Chica, but the point still stands[[/note]] But what makes these videos even more horrifying now is the reveal that the protagonist is [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers NOT a security guard,]] [[AdultFear it's a little kid.]] [[spoiler:And the kicker? The kid was the [[BrainFood Bite of '87 victim]], though not because the animatronics went rogue. Far from it.]]


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* An in-game example comes from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Close to the beginning, there is a cutscene about Lloyd's [[OrphansPlotTrinket Exphere]] in with Genis says something about his mother protecting him through it. It feels way heavier the second time you play it since [[spoiler: you then know that the Desians imprisoned his mother's probably [[AndIMustScream still conscious]] soul in the stone, which gives it its power.]]
* These are everywhere in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' because of its prologue structure. Playing the game again and seeing how much everyone changes is one thing, but there's also lots of awful {{Foreshadowing}} around. Probably the worst one is when Asbel tells Hubert that he's pretending Richard is his older brother, and Hubert asks "What about me? Am I still your brother?" Pathetic on its own, but even worse once you know that [[spoiler: Hubert's about to be adopted by the Oswell family, and he makes it very clear in the beginning of the adult arc that because of the adoption, he ''doesn't'' consider Asbel his brother anymore.]]
* In-universe example of this trope is the premise of ''VideoGame/AlanWake'', as the eponymous writer gets caught up in scenarios eerily reminiscent of the books he wrote.
* What was already a pretty heavy bit of foreshadowing in the Human Noble backstory of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' becomes painful to see on a second playthrough. While talking to your brother and his family, you can engage your young nephew in a conversation about swords, at which point his father says [[spoiler:[[TemptingFate "Don't worry, son. You'll get to see a sword up close real soon, I promise."]]]]
** In the ExpansionPack ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening Awakening]]'', the banter between Anders and Justice [[spoiler:about demonic possession]] is horrifying and ironic when you consider what happens in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'': There's a mild in-game example of this: Before you get your first Pokémon, your rival's little sister tells you to make sure you take good care of it. When you reach Nimbasa City, you learn that [[spoiler:her Pokémon was stolen five years ago by Team Plasma, and your rival is hell-bent on getting it back and taking revenge on them.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'' and its sequel comic ''Ghost in the Machine'' came out in 2003, well before Film/TronLegacy was even written. 2.0 is even considered CanonDiscontinuity or AlternateContinuity. Still, about half the game's plot straddle the line between this and HilariousInHindsight when it comes to light that in ''both timelines,'' Kevin Flynn and Tron vanished under mysterious circumstances. There was also a plot element with a Tron upgrade code (which is ''called'' the Tron Legacy code...) with an unfortunate bug in it that turns the Program it's installed into AxCrazy.
** Even one of the weapons counts. The Sequencer disc allows Jet to split his disc into multiple parts and fight with them. Remember who fights with multiple discs in the canon sequel?
** The Energy Claw resembles a [[StarWars Sith Force-Choke]]. Appropriately enough, it's a Datawraith (digitized User) weapon.
** The Rod Primitive is an improvised melee weapon using a lightcycle rod. Sam Flynn had the right idea, but the wrong execution.
** One of the story drivers is Alan and Jet's rocky father-son relationship; lots of love, but very little understanding. Queue ''WesternAmimation/TronUprising'' where Tron and his apprentice Beck have a creepily similar relationship. [[note]]Given that, in the first film, Programs ''strongly'' resembled the humans who created them, this has led to some speculation that Back might actually be Jet's Program [[/note]]
** And for more unfortunate moments in Film/{{Tron}} games, check out the UsefulNotes/{{Intellivision}} games. In ''VideoGame/TronDeadlyDiscs'' Mattel got an early, incorrect draft of the script. They screwed up and made Tron an ''orange'' (bad guy colored) sprite, cutting through hordes of ''blue'' (good guy colored) enemies. A simple mix-up in 1982 gets ''much'' nastier when you factor in "Rinzler." The other one is from ''Maze-A-Tron.'' You're playing Flynn, trapped on a circuit board and trying to navigate the maze - alone, [[EndlessGame with no way to win]]...
** Tron himself is a party member in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', and develops a strong friendship with [[{{TheHero}} Sora]], though he is often prone to be [[{{DistressedDude}} in distress]] (especially in the [[{{Manga/KingdomHeartsII}} manga adaptation]]), and requires the teenager to save him. Now try and see him captured and fighting for his life in the game grid after seeing the sequel. Or worse, after playing ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', where [[spoiler: he serves as a boss for Sora]]!
* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series has quite a few.
** One of the most gut-wrenching is [[spoiler:this quote from Diego Armando/Godot when he is describing Maggey Byrde's supposed guilt: "Using the dark, aromatic depths of coffee to conceal the poison...classy lady!"]] It really hits home when you find out [[spoiler: [[DarkAndTroubledPast Armando]] himself was poisoned by the murderous Dahila Hathorne and fell into a five-year coma, during which time Mia Fey, the love of his life, was murdered. [[JerkassWoobie Poor guy]] really had in rough...]]
** Another example comes in ''Rise from the Ashes'' in the first game. Phoenix being accused of [[spoiler:illegally withholding a piece of crucial evidence and having Gant say his badge will be taken away]] becomes a lot more apparent and foreshadowed when Phoenix is disbarred in the fourth game after he [[spoiler:unknowingly presents forged evidence during a murder trial.]] This could however be a deliberate foreshadowing since ''Rise from the Ashes'' was made and released in the DS port for the first time while the fourth game was probably already in development.
** ''Dual Destinies'' has a extremely dark example, especially by ''Ace Attorney'' standards. The first case features a bombing of a courtroom, where the courtroom was cleared in time before the explosion. This was thanks to Ted Tonate alerting everyone to the bomb. Later on, Ted Tonate is fingered by Phoenix as being the real bomber, and that he detonated the bomb to hide a murder, leading the player to conclude that Tonate must have tried to clear the courtroom out on purpose. The fact he killed someone, blew a courtroom up, and risked killing innocent people is bad enough for this to a dark case. But it gets a whole lot worse much later on in the game [[spoiler:when the player learns that the actual bomber wasn't Ted Tonate, but someone else who stole the remote switch and then detonated the bomb with it. In other words, the actual bomber DID mean for everyone to still be in the courtroom when the bomb went off. It was simply by luck that Tonate noticed the bomb was activated and alerted everyone. Making the bombing of the courtroom a WHOLE look harsher AND darker in hindsight.]]
* Another in-story example from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'': Noble Six is notified to be a soldier with a hyper-lethal skill set and a lone wolf personality. Carter, Noble Team's leader and Noble Six's new commander, upon meeting Noble Six tells them that he is happy to have a soldier with Noble Six's skill set on the team but that those lone wolf tendencies should stay behind now that he/she is part of a team. Near the end of the game Noble Team is assigned to defend the ''Pillar of Autumn'' and [[spoiler:all of Noble Team dies in the process]] except for Noble Six (and Jun who escaped with Dr. Hasley according to WordOfGod) who stays behind on Reach to make sure the ''Pillar'' can escape Reach. Carter's statements become sadly ironic as [[spoiler:Noble Six is left alone as the only Spartan, or UNSC soldier period, on Reach]] and all he/she can do is watch as Reach is glassed by the Covenant. Forced to become a lone wolf once again [[spoiler:Noble Six's final actions are to fight against unrelenting waves of Covenant forces in a Last Stand that lasts for several hours until he/she is finally subdued and killed]]. Decades later, the only reminder on Reach that any sort of conflict had ever occurred is the shattered remains of Noble Six's helmet, a lone wolf but a noble and courageous one indeed.
* An in story example for ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations''. On the final mission Ezio goes into the library in Masyaf, there are absolutely no books or anything at all, save a ring of chairs with only one occupant: [[spoiler: the skeleton of Altair.]] You then have an Altair Memory, of him dousing all of the torches in the hall to the library (mirroring Ezio relighting them as he goes into it) and then hiding the Apple of Eden behind a wall. The final mission statement? [[TearJerker Take a seat and rest for a bit.]]
** Comes again in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', when you realize that he had lost another loved one in the city he lived in and watched helplessly as his father and brothers were executed. He had every reason to brutally execute Savonarola for the death of [[spoiler: Cristina]]. It took a lot of self control to not give him the same fate he had given [[spoiler: Vieri and Uberto]]
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', Ashley writes an e-mail to her sister warning her not to fraternize, as she doesn't want to have romantic feelings come into play when deciding which of her subordinates lives or who dies. On Virmire, [[spoiler:where you [[MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers must choose between saving Kaidan and Ashley]], both of whom can be romanced, it's possible to sacrifice Ashley to save a romanced Kaidan or save a romanced Ashley at the cost of Kaidan's life, making Ashley a potential victim or reluctant beneficiary of this kind of thought]].
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', if you choose to [[spoiler:allow the quarians to destroy the geth, EDI]] will [[WhatTheHellHero criticize the logic behind your decision]], suggesting that [[spoiler:if given the choice, Shepard would save Joker over her]]. This gets even harsher if, at the end of the game, you [[spoiler:take the Destroy ending, which not only destroys the Reapers, but all synthetic life in the galaxy, EDI included]].
* An in-game (and fully intended) example in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'': During Act 3, Leah's journal mentions how the spirits she's trying to keep trapped within the black soulstone are starting to wear on her, but comforts herself by remembering that once [[spoiler:Asmodan is dead and captured, and]] the black soulstone is destroyed, she'll be herself again. At the end of the act, before the soulstone can be destroyed, [[spoiler:Diablo's spirit is freed from the stone and placed into Leah's body, turning her into the Prime Evil and the end boss of the game, whom the player must then destroy to save the day.]]
%% * People used to joke about Franchise/MegaMan having too many games released. Just look around you.
* Shooting down the Gesselschaft, the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Bonne's flagship]] in ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' is pretty satisfying because it's easily [[ThatOneBoss the most difficult battle in the game]]... unless you play the prequel game ''The Misadventures Of Tron Bonne'' where you learn not only did Tiesel almost ''die'' for them to acquire the ship, but the family inadvertenly saved the entire world from [[BiggerBad Lex Loathe]] in their efforts to save him.
* An in-story example occurs in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''. At one point during Nageki's route, Hiyoko tells him (in a non-malicious way) that he's like a [[spoiler:friendly ghost]] that hangs around the library. [[spoiler:Then later on it's revealed that [[DeadAllAlong Nageki really]] ''[[DeadAllAlong is]]'' [[DeadAllAlong a ghost]] (having [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]] 5 years ago), and is ''unable'' to leave the library]].
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'':
** The game makes the [[spoiler:original Organization XIII arc]] much harsher as it reveals that [[spoiler:the members were actually growing new hearts]]. It makes you feel sad for Demyx, [[spoiler:"Oh, we do too have hearts!"]].
** Demyx's [[ThatOneBoss infamous sudden compotence as a boss fight]] along with the very uncharacteristic "silence, traitor" line before said fight is a lot harsher now that we know [[spoiler: Xehanort was using Organization XIII as vessels in a GrandTheftMe plan. It's likely Demyx was mostly assimilated by Xehanort by them.]]
** [[spoiler: Sora's heart shattering from darkness due to his inexperience with it and causing his DisneyDeath.]] It's hard to take after recalling this line: "The closer you get to the light, the greater your shadow becomes."
* In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'':
** Quark gives Sigma a letter about how he met his adoptive grandfather and how he gushed about getting a chance to have root beer float which none of his friends ever had. [[spoiler: This is actually a hint that the world has pretty much gone post-apocalypse.]]
** There's a moment when Sigma's monologuing about how he can't see a reason for his kidnapping. The first first two of examples he gives, he goes on to do during the game. [[spoiler:Considering his special ability, this might not have been a coincidence.]] The characters' dismissal that they're in quarantine facility due to none of them obviously not having radical-6 becomes harsh when you learn that [[spoiler:some of them do have radical-6. And even harsher when you learn that EVERYONE has radical-6, but didn't notice due to the fact they're all on the moon, so the effects it has [slowing your brain's processing speed down by a root of root-one-sixth] got cancelled out. There's also the bad ending in which all of the cast, including the protagonist, kills themselves in quite gruesome fashion due to the effects of radical-6.]]
---> Sigma: [[spoiler:Had I started a fight with a new and powerful religion]]? No... [[spoiler:Had I hacked into a terrorist group's server]]? No...
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has a bucketful if you've played ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. That HopeSpot (and lightside boost) on Taris with those Outcasts? Yeah, instead of a quick death by orbital bombardment, you instead condemned the lot to be picked off by disease, rakghouls, starvation, and finished off with toxic waste. Playing the "canonical" option as a Light Side Male with a Bastila romance? Well, your character knocks Bastila up, has a Force vision about the HumanoidAbomination Sith Emperor, and runs off to try and stop it, leaving their friends and loved ones behind ''without so much as a holocron warning them about the threat or telling them why you had to leave.'' They spend the rest of their lives waiting and you never return. Even worse is if you go canon with the sequel, which is already running on this Trope. Exile hooks up with Revan, they try to take on the Emperor. [[KarmaHoudini Lord Scourge]] literally stabs Exile in the back, Revan ends up with the same fate Malak put all those Jedi in, then goes insane and tries to commit genocide of anyone with a ''trace'' of Sith blood before the ''Imperials'' save the galaxy by putting him out of his misery. Canderous's people become vassals of the Sith again (with those who followed his teachings hunted down by the Imperials), and the Sith charge in and lay waste to half the Republic anyway - so everything in both games turned out to be near-completely pointless.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'', Ness can randomly get Homesickness, a crippling condition which causes him to waste turns in battle thinking about home. The only way to cure it is by calling Mom. [[BlatantLies Good thing]] this doesn't happen to Lucas in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}''!
* Pretty much everything involving [[spoiler: Penelope]] in ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' becomes really painful after knowing [[spoiler: she does a FaceHeelTurn in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime''.]]
* Any and every time Samus's narration mentions Adam in ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Fusion'', after ''Other M'' was released. A more specific instance is when an AI asks Samus, "Did this Adam care for you? Would he sit in a safe Command Room and order you to die?" Years later, you have Adam seeming to barely care about Samus, sitting in a safe command room, and ordering Samus to not use weapons or protective gear while being chased by monsters through boiling lava. So... yes, then.
* During the years between the release of the Katawa Shoujo demo and the full game coming out, an ''enormous'' amount of the Hanako centered fanfics followed the formula of "[character] comforts Hanako, protecting her, cuddling her and tells her she's beautiful, and Hanako falls in love with them forever." Cue Hanako's route from the game, which revolves around [[spoiler: an absolutely ''brutal'' deconstruction of that very same idea, showing that this type of behavior would cause terrible emotional damage to both parties involved.]] The fanfic writers had a lot of painful introspection to do.
* In-universe example in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' ''Xrd''. During a flashback sequence, Sol and Aria are sitting together and Aria talks about wanting to be like a bird, [[CallOfTheWildBlueYonder flying through the sky carefree]], to which Sol responds that he imagines being like a roach, having no natural predators, no concern for socio-political bullshit and being very hard to kill. Of course, this also sums up [[WhoWantsToLiveForever his future life]] as [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie an unwilling]] [[HumanoidAbomination Gear]].
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' has quite a few elements that fall into this with later games in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'':
** Just before the final boss fight, [[spoiler:Joker turns his TITAN gun on himself while talking like he'd been DrivenToSuicide: "I have nothing left to live for."]] Fast-forward to ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', and [[spoiler:his death by TITAN poisoning]].
** [[spoiler:Though successful]], [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins this isn't the first time]] [[spoiler:he tried to turn the gun on himself]].
** In addition, there's [[spoiler: Batman briefly getting infected by the TITAN formula himself near the end of ''Asylum'', but is able to successfully overcome the effects. He wouldn't be as lucky the second time around, this time getting infected with the tainted batch of it mixed with Joker's blood, leading to far more devastating effects on his body]].
* Prior to the release of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4'', David Near, who had previously done fan voices for the animatronics, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz2Uye6Caw4 pulled]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-dG7OYeOZc out]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsB4uTPUVzM&feature=em-uploademail all]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02txpOo5xoM the]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtVyammM9Ow stops]] on making the already scary animatronics completely terrifying.[[note]]Granted, his sister, Bridgette voiced Chica, but the point still stands[[/note]] But what makes these videos even more horrifying now is the reveal that the protagonist is [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers NOT a security guard,]] [[AdultFear it's a little kid.]] [[spoiler:And the kicker? The kid was the [[BrainFood Bite of '87 victim]], though not because the animatronics went rogue. Far from it.]]
13th Feb '16 6:03:10 AM Berrenta
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* In-universe example in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' ''Xrd''. During a flashback sequence, Sol and Aria are sitting together and Aria talks about wanting to be like a bird, [[DreamsOfFlying flying through the sky carefree]], to which Sol responds that he imagines being like a roach, having no natural predators, no concern for socio-political bullshit and being very hard to kill. Of course, this also sums up [[WhoWantsToLiveForever his future life]] as [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie an unwilling]] [[HumanoidAbomination Gear]].

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* In-universe example in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' ''Xrd''. During a flashback sequence, Sol and Aria are sitting together and Aria talks about wanting to be like a bird, [[DreamsOfFlying [[CallOfTheWildBlueYonder flying through the sky carefree]], to which Sol responds that he imagines being like a roach, having no natural predators, no concern for socio-political bullshit and being very hard to kill. Of course, this also sums up [[WhoWantsToLiveForever his future life]] as [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie an unwilling]] [[HumanoidAbomination Gear]].
21st Jan '16 1:04:38 PM Koveras
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