History IdiotBall / VideoGames

6th May '16 2:37:06 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'': When confronting the head of the Tai Young Medical corporation Jensen lets himself be distracted. Giving her the chance to call security and run for the panic room. Jensen, [[InformedAbility head of Sarif industries security]], is somehow surprised by the fact that one of the most powerful people in the world has a panic room. His boss even points out that he has his own.

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* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'': When confronting the head of the Tai Young Medical corporation Jensen lets himself be distracted. Giving her the chance to call security and run for the panic room. Jensen, [[InformedAbility head of Sarif industries security]], is somehow surprised by the fact that one of the most powerful people in the world has a panic room. His boss even points out that he has his own.own.
* Steve Burnside in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' is idiot ball incarnate. In a hidden room, there's a pair of golden pistols that trigger a deathtrap if they're removed from the display case. When the player removes the weapons as Claire, they can quickly deduce that the trap will deactivate and the door opens again if they put the guns back. Steve doesn't get the same idea and refuses to let go of the pistols until Claire comes by to deactivate the trap from the outside (and then to top it off, Steve refuses to give Claire the pistols she needs to clear a puzzle and will only give them to her if she finds him a fully automatic weapon). In another moment, Steve shoots Alexa (who is really Alfred disguised as Alexa) and saves Claire and the two of them follow her into a secret room. Inside, they find Alfred instead and he attempts to attack them. Steve easily throws him to the ground and instead of shooting him or restraining him since he and Claire both know how dangerous he is, Steve just watches Alfred have a freakout moment over his disguise being found out and runs away to trigger the base's self destruct system. And just to keep the ball rolling, Steve has another idiot moment where he's [[DistractedByTheSexy too busy staring at Claire's ass]] while moving a crane, causing it to rupture a gas line and fill the room with toxic gas.
2nd May '16 6:13:20 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Most of the characters on Rokkenjima in ''{{Umineko no Naku Koro ni}}'' are pretty intelligent in their actions, at least most of the time. Then we get to the end of EP7. [[spoiler:"Hey everyone, we've found a pile of gold and we'll never have to work again! Let's kill the only one who has the connections to make the gold useful, then continue to kill each other and then blow up the island!"]]

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* Most of the characters on Rokkenjima in ''{{Umineko no Naku Koro ni}}'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' are pretty intelligent in their actions, at least most of the time. Then we get to the end of EP7. [[spoiler:"Hey everyone, we've found a pile of gold and we'll never have to work again! Let's kill the only one who has the connections to make the gold useful, then continue to kill each other and then blow up the island!"]]
28th Apr '16 8:40:35 AM StFan
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* If the player pays attention in the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life|1}}'', he will likely wonder how Dr. Freeman even made it to the testing chamber for all the Idiot Balls the science team is juggling. Disregarding safety protocols because [[PointyHairedBoss Breen]] says so? Going ahead with the experiment after a power outage toasts half the data in the computers? Ignoring an EXPLODING CIRCUIT after safety protocols are overridden? Using a super-pure crystal sample at super-high intensity? It's a wonder Gordon survived the tram ride.
** It clearly affected him too. As noted in the Headscratchers page for ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', he climbs into inescapable Stalker pods not once '''but twice''' in the citadel and is only saved by two lucky breaks.

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* If the player pays attention in the beginning of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life|1}}'', ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', he will likely wonder how Dr. Freeman even made it to the testing chamber for all the Idiot Balls the science team is juggling. Disregarding safety protocols because [[PointyHairedBoss Breen]] says so? Going ahead with the experiment after a power outage toasts half the data in the computers? Ignoring an EXPLODING CIRCUIT after safety protocols are overridden? Using a super-pure crystal sample at super-high intensity? It's a wonder Gordon survived the tram ride.
** It clearly affected him too. As noted in the Headscratchers page for ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', he climbs into inescapable Stalker pods not once '''but twice''' in the citadel and is only saved by two lucky breaks.
24th Apr '16 3:09:37 AM erforce
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* A glaring one in ''MortalKombat 9'' has Raiden standing back and doing nothing [[spoiler:as Lin Kuei cyber-ninjas attack Sub-Zero and take him away, even going as far as to stop Smoke from helping out. This is despite the fact that, in a nearly identical situation involving Smoke, Raiden didn't hesitate to blast all of the cyber-ninjas with lightning, taking them out and saving Smoke.]] He stated that if he got involved that it would make the situation worse, but even then that was a weak excuse...especially considering his attempts to ''not'' intervene in the game's events were only making things worse.

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* A glaring one in ''MortalKombat 9'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' has Raiden standing back and doing nothing [[spoiler:as Lin Kuei cyber-ninjas attack Sub-Zero and take him away, even going as far as to stop Smoke from helping out. This is despite the fact that, in a nearly identical situation involving Smoke, Raiden didn't hesitate to blast all of the cyber-ninjas with lightning, taking them out and saving Smoke.]] He stated that if he got involved that it would make the situation worse, but even then that was a weak excuse...especially considering his attempts to ''not'' intervene in the game's events were only making things worse.



* Plenty of people grabbing the IdiotBall show up on MortalKombatX, but the worst of the bunch is Kotal Kahn. Piss him off, and he'll hold it like a champ. Examples of Kotal Kahn's idiocy include turning against the Earthrealm warriors and stealing Shinnok's amulet back simply because he believes Earthrealm can't be trusted with it. Another example involves Shinnok corrupting the Earthrealm's life force to give himself more power and when Jacqui pleads with Kotal Kahn to work together so that both realms can be saved, he decides to fight the heroes anyway in hopes that he can be on Shinnok's good side long enough to fortify the defenses in Outworld.

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* Plenty of people grabbing the IdiotBall show up on MortalKombatX, ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', but the worst of the bunch is Kotal Kahn. Piss him off, and he'll hold it like a champ. Examples of Kotal Kahn's idiocy include turning against the Earthrealm warriors and stealing Shinnok's amulet back simply because he believes Earthrealm can't be trusted with it. Another example involves Shinnok corrupting the Earthrealm's life force to give himself more power and when Jacqui pleads with Kotal Kahn to work together so that both realms can be saved, he decides to fight the heroes anyway in hopes that he can be on Shinnok's good side long enough to fortify the defenses in Outworld.
13th Apr '16 11:50:45 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The entire backstory that would later form the plot of the original ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' (as well as the ''X3'' trilogy and ''X: Rebirth'') [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot would have never happened in the first place]] if the Terrans had the common sense to take their time to meticulously and thoroughly fix that one buggy software update meant for the Terraformers and not have led to the later creation of the Xenon, as well as the indirect birth of the offshoot Terran faction known as the Argons. It's not like there was some sort of deadline to test it out on the Terraformers or something (although we may never know if there was a something like that). However, since the virtue of patience isn't found on the Terrans, [[AIIsACrapshoot we all knew what happened next]]...

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* The entire backstory that would later form the plot of the original ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' (as well as the ''X3'' trilogy and ''X: Rebirth'') [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot would have never happened in the first place]] place if the Terrans had the common sense to take their time to meticulously and thoroughly fix that one buggy software update meant for the Terraformers and not have led to the later creation of the Xenon, as well as the indirect birth of the offshoot Terran faction known as the Argons. It's not like there was some sort of deadline to test it out on the Terraformers or something (although we may never know if there was a something like that). However, since the virtue of patience isn't found on the Terrans, [[AIIsACrapshoot we all knew what happened next]]...
23rd Mar '16 6:45:59 PM Steven
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* Plenty of people grabbing the IdiotBall show up on MortalKombatX, but the worst of the bunch is Kotal Kahn. Piss him off, and he'll hold it like a champ.

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* Plenty of people grabbing the IdiotBall show up on MortalKombatX, but the worst of the bunch is Kotal Kahn. Piss him off, and he'll hold it like a champ. Examples of Kotal Kahn's idiocy include turning against the Earthrealm warriors and stealing Shinnok's amulet back simply because he believes Earthrealm can't be trusted with it. Another example involves Shinnok corrupting the Earthrealm's life force to give himself more power and when Jacqui pleads with Kotal Kahn to work together so that both realms can be saved, he decides to fight the heroes anyway in hopes that he can be on Shinnok's good side long enough to fortify the defenses in Outworld.
10th Feb '16 3:44:36 AM GigaHand
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* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'' all of Daein is handed a massive idiot ball, [[spoiler: instead of going after Begnion's senate who hold the blood contract that they're using to black mail them with, they decide to fight Sanaki's army who are trying get rid of the corrupted senate.]] The massive idiot ball comes in into play when its [[spoiler: apparent that the one they should kill to destroy the blood contract is Lekain the instantiated the contract instead of having Pellas pull a {{senseless sacrifice}}.]]
2nd Feb '16 9:39:49 PM Karxrida
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* In VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII the villains need TheHero (and specifically TheHero, mind you) to take out TheHeartless to restore the titular {{MacGuffin}}. Thing is, he was already ''doing'' that. They completely shot themselves in the foot by even exposing their existence to him, let alone pushing his BerserkButton to try and blackmail him. If they'd just quietly let him do his hero thing, or even ''asked'' for his help (since their grand goal wasn't all that villainous to begin with), they probably could have gotten out of the game with at least half of the members still alive. (The ones in KingdomHeartsChainofMemories, not so much.) This is especially annoying, because them showing up and taunting him convinces him right away that they're evil, and considers specifically ''not'' killing TheHeartless to prevent them from getting what they want.

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* In VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' the villains need TheHero (and specifically TheHero, mind you) to take out TheHeartless to restore the titular {{MacGuffin}}. Thing is, he was already ''doing'' that. They completely shot themselves in the foot by even exposing their existence to him, let alone pushing his BerserkButton to try and blackmail him. If they'd just quietly let him do his hero thing, or even ''asked'' for his help (since their grand goal wasn't all that villainous to begin with), they probably could have gotten out of the game with at least half of the members still alive. (The ones in KingdomHeartsChainofMemories, ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainofMemories'', not so much.) This is especially annoying, because them showing up and taunting him convinces him right away that they're evil, and considers specifically ''not'' killing TheHeartless to prevent them from getting what they want.
31st Jan '16 1:00:35 PM EarlOfSandvich
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* ''NoMoreHeroes'' has the viewpoint character hug the idiot ball and never let go. It's not clear whether this is meant as a ThisLoserIsYou, or just for RuleOfCool, but it. never. stops. If there is a trap, no matter how obvious, [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption Travis will walk right into it]]. If there is a trick, no matter how old, Mr. Touchdown will fall for it. If there is a foe, Travis ''will'' [[LeeroyJenkins charge them head first]]. Those trip mines might be obviously placed, but Travis Touchdown ''will never'' resist the urge to pass right over them. [[MadeOfIron Good thing he's nearly invulnerable.]]

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* ''NoMoreHeroes'' ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' has the viewpoint character hug the idiot ball and never let go. It's not clear whether this is meant as a ThisLoserIsYou, or just for RuleOfCool, but it. never. stops. If there is a trap, no matter how obvious, [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption Travis will walk right into it]]. If there is a trick, no matter how old, Mr. Touchdown will fall for it. If there is a foe, Travis ''will'' [[LeeroyJenkins charge them head first]]. Those trip mines might be obviously placed, but Travis Touchdown ''will never'' resist the urge to pass right over them. [[MadeOfIron Good thing he's nearly invulnerable.]]
18th Jan '16 7:19:17 PM PokeMaster99999
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* "Videogame/MassEffect2" with an event near the endame. [[spoiler: In this event, the Collectors board the Normandy SR-2 and kidnap all the crew members, forcing the player to rescue them quickly before they die]]. How does this occur? Shepard, along with all 12 squadmates, decide to go 'complete a mission' altogether, with Shepard choosing the customary two upon arrival. This instance could've been entirely averted had Shepard chosen his two partners aboard the Normandy. Oh, and this happens regardless of whether you have any missions left in the Journal or not, resulting in the event making even less sense.

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* "Videogame/MassEffect2" ''Videogame/MassEffect2'' with an event near the endame. [[spoiler: In this event, the Collectors board the Normandy SR-2 and kidnap all the crew members, forcing the player to rescue them quickly before they die]]. How does this occur? Shepard, along with all 12 squadmates, decide to go 'complete a mission' altogether, with Shepard choosing the customary two upon arrival. This instance could've been entirely averted had Shepard chosen his two partners aboard the Normandy. Oh, and this happens regardless of whether you have any missions left in the Journal or not, resulting in the event making even less sense.
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