History HarsherInHindsight / VideoGames

15th Jul '16 1:29:01 AM Knight-Hart
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** One older character is a veteran of a war that involved him against Afghans. The War in Afghanistan would start just a couple of years after the game was released...

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** One older character is a veteran of a war that involved him against Afghans. The War in Afghanistan would start just about a couple of years year after the game was released...
11th Jul '16 8:00:38 AM Allronix
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** 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]]

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** 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 Beck might actually be Jet's Program [[/note]]



* ''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.

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* ''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 [[someoneToRememberHimBy knocks Bastila up, 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, InTheBack, 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. [[spoiler: And Revan's final fate is to become a crazed cult leader trying to ''resurrect'' the aforementioned Emperor, and is finally put down like a rabid mutt by an EnemyMine coalition of characters from both factions - including, for irony's sake, ''two'' of his descendants.]]
10th Jul '16 12:16:35 PM Morgenthaler
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* The ElectronicArts game ''[[DesertStrike Urban Strike]]'' was set in the year 2001, according to the intro. A cutscene in which Malone's laser fires and blows up part of the World Trade Center is shown right before the seventh campaign, which takes place in New York City. When you reach your destination in the mission to rescue the survivors, there is a huge smouldering hole in the side of one of the towers. If you fail the mission by incorrectly defusing the bombs that have been set in the towers, the whole thing comes crashing down. The fact that [[ConspiracyTheorist some crackpots do believe that placed explosives brought down the Twin Towers]] makes this even harsher. [[OlderThanTheyThink It originally came out in 1994]], a bit TooSoon after the 1993 car bomb attack.

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* The ElectronicArts game ''[[DesertStrike ''[[VideoGame/DesertStrike Urban Strike]]'' was set in the year 2001, according to the intro. A cutscene in which Malone's laser fires and blows up part of the World Trade Center is shown right before the seventh campaign, which takes place in New York City. When you reach your destination in the mission to rescue the survivors, there is a huge smouldering hole in the side of one of the towers. If you fail the mission by incorrectly defusing the bombs that have been set in the towers, the whole thing comes crashing down. The fact that [[ConspiracyTheorist some crackpots do believe that placed explosives brought down the Twin Towers]] makes this even harsher. [[OlderThanTheyThink It originally came out in 1994]], a bit TooSoon after the 1993 car bomb attack.
2nd Jul '16 6:13:34 PM res20stupid
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* Part of the plot of ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'' is how the villains are distributing illegal [[GRatedDrug spices]] that, when eaten, drive the eater into horrible rages [[spoiler: in order to manufacture a HatePlague to [[ThePowerOfHate fuel]] the parts of Clockwerk]]. The use of literal spices was done in order to mask the usage of drugs in the game. Unfortunately, about a decade after the game's original release people have been selling "legal highs" of synthetic cannabis which has become a serious issue is several countries, with a popular brand of these legal highs being called Spice.
30th Jun '16 4:39:37 PM CerotechOmega
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* 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.]]

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* An in-game (and fully intended) example in ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'': ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''
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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.]]]]
** Also during Act III, a Westmarch messenger tells Tyrael that he will not send men to fight "imaginary" demon lords, which is rebuked by Tyrael coldly stating "Perhaps he'll believe when his kingdom burns to ashes around him!" Come Act V, ''angels'' are burning Westmarch [[spoiler:and King Justinian is dead]].
22nd Jun '16 9:04:43 PM contrafanxxx
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* Try playing the other ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'' games after finding out in ''Shattered Soldier'' that [[spoiler: the aliens invaded Earth because [[WellIntentionedExtremist the Triumvirate had secretly stolen a sacred relic from them]], and that Lance Bean became a WellIntentionedExtremist himself by trying to overthrow the Triumvirate.]] And try playing ''Shattered Soldier'' after [[spoiler: seeing Lucia become one of the members of the QuirkyMinibossSquad that must be defeated.]]
18th Jun '16 4:12:32 PM contrafanxxx
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* Iris's death scene in ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'' was sad to begin with, but following Creator/YukoMizutani's untimely death might make this a bit harder to watch.
* Try playing ''[[VideoGame/TimeCrisis Time Crisis II]]'' after finding out about [[spoiler: the plot twist in the fifth game that Robert Baxter, the second player, is now the VSSE traitor and the BigBad of the game.]]
12th Jun '16 1:40:07 PM GBAuraRebirth
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* Minor one for the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series, Madonna (a scrapped human character, probably based on the singer by the same name) [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was planned on being Sonic's girlfriend early on]], but the idea was dropped because of fear regarding how American viewers would be disgusted with the human-animal relationships. Come ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', and it turns out that ''they were right'', as the Elise and Sonic romance scenes was one of the most criticized aspects, especially with [[spoiler:Elise kissing Sonic to resurrect him after getting killed by Mephiles through the power of the Chaos Emeralds,]] which is stated to be the single worst moment in the whole game.

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* Minor one for the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series, Madonna (a scrapped human character, probably based on the singer by the same name) [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was planned on being Sonic's girlfriend early on]], but the idea was dropped because of fear regarding how that American viewers would be disgusted with the human-animal relationships. Come ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', and it turns out that ''they were right'', as the Elise and Sonic romance scenes was one of the most criticized aspects, especially with [[spoiler:Elise kissing Sonic to resurrect him after getting killed by Mephiles through the power of the Chaos Emeralds,]] which is stated to be the single worst moment in the whole game.
12th Jun '16 1:39:34 PM GBAuraRebirth
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* Minor one for the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series, Madonna (a scrapped human character) [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was planned on being Sonic's girlfriend early on]], but the idea was dropped because of fear regarding the American reactions to a human-animal relationship and she was promptly scrapped. Come ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', and we find out that ''they were right'', as the Elise and Sonic romance was ''the'' most criticized aspect of the game[[spoiler:, especially the kiss which is virtually stated to be the single worst thing in the whole game]].

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* Minor one for the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series, Madonna (a scrapped human character) character, probably based on the singer by the same name) [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was planned on being Sonic's girlfriend early on]], but the idea was dropped because of fear regarding the how American reactions to a viewers would be disgusted with the human-animal relationship and she was promptly scrapped. relationships. Come ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', and we find it turns out that ''they were right'', as the Elise and Sonic romance scenes was ''the'' one of the most criticized aspect of the game[[spoiler:, aspects, especially with [[spoiler:Elise kissing Sonic to resurrect him after getting killed by Mephiles through the kiss power of the Chaos Emeralds,]] which is virtually stated to be the single worst thing moment in the whole game]].game.
5th Jun '16 11:01:43 AM nombretomado
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* The third mission in ''VideoGame/SilentScope 2'', which came out less than a year before 9/11, has a cargo plane being hijacked, and it crashes at the end of the mission. Worse, the PS2 version was released ''[[TooSoon on]]'' 9/11.

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* The third mission in ''VideoGame/SilentScope 2'', which came out less than a year before 9/11, has a cargo plane being hijacked, and it crashes at the end of the mission. Worse, the PS2 [=PS2=] version was released ''[[TooSoon on]]'' 9/11.
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