History IdiotBall / VideoGames

19th Nov '16 6:51:19 PM TheSinful
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** In ''Legion'', the Death Knights decide to recreate the Four Horsemen to fight against the Burning Legion. When it comes time to raise the final horseman, Bolvar states that the last one must have leadership skills to lead the rest. He then decides to attack Light's Hope (which has '''never''' gone well for undead) and steal Tirion Fordring's body to raise. After the attack fails and Darion Mograine dies, Bolvar realizes he could just use Darion who had previously been the leader of the Death Knights under Arthas.
16th Nov '16 9:37:56 AM LuciaMoore
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* In ''VideoGame/{{SiN}}'', the protagonist, Blade, has the villainess Elexis at gunpoint and dead to rights. Despite this, she manages to lure his gaze down towards her crotch by teasingly hinting that she'll let him see up her skirt, and then hits an emergency escape button the second he's distracted.
18th Oct '16 10:15:27 PM Gardetrace
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* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' franchise has idiot balls rolling everywhere and they mostly fall into the hands of the player character. Phoenix Wright is known to find the truth to each trial no matter how improbable it may seem and he manages to solve cases most found impossible. However, he seems to bumble his way through everything by sheer luck and is a nervous wreck every time the prosecution makes a good counter argument. Should the player make any form of mistakes, the other characters will gladly mock him for being dumb. When Phoenix is not under the player's control, he seems to be much more competent and is much more calm and collected. The same applies to Apollo Justice and he shares similar quirks to Phoenix. Certain witnesses are also known to hold the idiot ball tightly just to make it more difficult for the defense to do their jobs, but Larry Butz, the recurring ButtMonkey and {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, holds the ball so tightly that nearly everyone hates interacting with him due to how stupid and overbearing he is.

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* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' franchise has idiot balls rolling everywhere and they mostly fall into the hands of the player character. Phoenix Wright is known to find the truth to each trial no matter how improbable it may seem and he manages to solve cases most found impossible. However, he seems to bumble his way through everything by sheer luck and is a nervous wreck every time the prosecution makes a good counter argument. Should the player make any form of mistakes, the other characters will gladly mock him for being dumb. When Phoenix is not under the player's control, he seems to be much more competent and is much more calm and collected. The same applies to Apollo Justice and he shares similar quirks to Phoenix. Certain witnesses are also known to hold the idiot ball tightly just to make it more difficult for the defense to do their jobs, but Larry Butz, the recurring ButtMonkey and {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, holds the ball so tightly that nearly everyone hates interacting with him due to how stupid and overbearing he is.is.
* In "VideoGame/DeadToRights", Jack Slate has a vice grip on the idiot ball. When he escapes Iron Point, he is about to get ran down by Marvin Silt, and just stands there looking like a deer in the headlights until his dog, Shadow, pushes him out of the way. Silt crashes his car into a tree and is knocked unconscious. Jack drags him out the car, takes his wallet and keys, and drives off, leaving Silt behind. He has to find him all over again in order to get some answers out of him. Jack does find him again, [[spoiler: but Eve shoots him before he can give Jack any info.]] Jack originally had him where he wanted him and could have kept him in the car while unconscious, and interrogated him once Jack found a safe place to hide out.
9th Oct '16 5:17:29 PM Steven
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* 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.

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* 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.gas.
* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' franchise has idiot balls rolling everywhere and they mostly fall into the hands of the player character. Phoenix Wright is known to find the truth to each trial no matter how improbable it may seem and he manages to solve cases most found impossible. However, he seems to bumble his way through everything by sheer luck and is a nervous wreck every time the prosecution makes a good counter argument. Should the player make any form of mistakes, the other characters will gladly mock him for being dumb. When Phoenix is not under the player's control, he seems to be much more competent and is much more calm and collected. The same applies to Apollo Justice and he shares similar quirks to Phoenix. Certain witnesses are also known to hold the idiot ball tightly just to make it more difficult for the defense to do their jobs, but Larry Butz, the recurring ButtMonkey and {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, holds the ball so tightly that nearly everyone hates interacting with him due to how stupid and overbearing he is.
26th Aug '16 2:09:13 PM ZorotheGallade
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** The last thing gets explained once Chell enters the new Test Rooms, in that [[spoiler: Wheatley has absorbed a part of GlaDOS's programming which gives him a burst of satisfaction upon completing an experiment, hence why he insists on keeping Chell around even though she has both the means and the reasons to get rid of him.]]
26th Jun '16 4:51:51 PM Valiona
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Let's say you're a KidDetective who's trying to solve a series of serial kidnappings. You know a group of people who have some very strange knowledge concerning it, but you're unwilling to believe they could really know as much as they do. What do you do? If you answer "Let myself be kidnapped, even though the first two victims ''died horrible deaths'' and I have no way to protect myself from a similar fate", congratulations, you're [[spoiler:Naoto Shirogane]], and it's a miracle you haven't shot yourself with your own pistol before now. Lampshaded when the main characters point out how bad an idea that really was.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'': Let's say you're 4}}''. The police have caught a KidDetective who's trying to solve a series of suspect for the serial kidnappings. You know a group of people who have some very strange knowledge concerning it, killings, but you're unwilling to believe they could really know as much as they do. What do you do? If you answer "Let myself be kidnapped, even though the first two victims ''died horrible deaths'' and I have no way to protect myself from a similar fate", congratulations, you're [[spoiler:Naoto Shirogane]], and it's a miracle you haven't shot yourself with your own pistol before now. Lampshaded when the main characters point out how bad an idea Naoto, knowing that really was.the only victim that the suspect actually killed didn't die the same way the others did, suspects that he's [[JackTheRipoff a copycat killer]] and the real one's on the loose. Unfortunately, no one believes Naoto, so she's forced to take matters into her own hands, and appears on TV to become a target for kidnapping and lure out the killer. Unfortunately, this results in her being kidnapped and thrown into the TV, nearly causing her own death.
14th Jun '16 12:02:18 PM Yalsaris63
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* The ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' game as well as the ''X3'' trilogy and ''X: Rebirth'' sequels (''X2: The Threat'' is a completely different story altogether) would have never happened in the first place had the developers not written [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory]] that made responsible the existence of an IdiotPlot. [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot Had the Terrans had the common sense to take their time to meticulously and thoroughly fix that one buggy software update meant for the Terraformers]], there would be no rampant genocidal self-replicating robots out there to menace the galaxy, if not, the universe, and there also would not have been made possible the birth of an offshoot faction of the Terrans who would end up becoming a LostColony and then get locked into a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with their parent faction over seven centuries later. 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]]. It seems the developers decided to make an IdiotPlot [[EnforcedTrope the driving force]] of the X-Universe games as we know today.

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* The ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' game as well as the ''X3'' trilogy and ''X: Rebirth'' sequels (''X2: The Threat'' is a completely different story altogether) would have never happened in the first place had the developers not written [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory]] that made responsible the existence of an IdiotPlot. [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot Had the Terrans had the common sense to take their time to meticulously and thoroughly fix that one buggy software update meant for the Terraformers]], there would be no rampant genocidal self-replicating robots out there to menace the galaxy, if not, the universe, and there also would not have been made possible the birth of an offshoot faction of the Terrans who would end up becoming a LostColony and then get locked into a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with their parent faction over seven centuries later.later because of paranoiac xenophobia of Artificial General Intelligence ships. 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]]. It seems the developers decided to make an IdiotPlot [[EnforcedTrope the driving force]] of the X-Universe games as we know today.
14th Jun '16 11:59:50 AM Yalsaris63
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* The ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' game as well as the ''X3'' trilogy and ''X: Rebirth'' sequels would have never happened in the first place had the developers not written [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory]] that made responsible the existence of an IdiotPlot. [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot Had the Terrans had the common sense to take their time to meticulously and thoroughly fix that one buggy software update meant for the Terraformers]], there would be no rampant genocidal self-replicating robots out there to menace the galaxy, if not, the universe, and there also would not have been made possible the birth of an offshoot faction of the Terrans who would end up becoming a LostColony and then get locked into a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with their parent faction over seven centuries later. 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]]. It seems the developers decided to make an IdiotPlot [[EnforcedTrope the driving force]] of the X-Universe games as we know today.

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* The ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' game as well as the ''X3'' trilogy and ''X: Rebirth'' sequels (''X2: The Threat'' is a completely different story altogether) would have never happened in the first place had the developers not written [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory]] that made responsible the existence of an IdiotPlot. [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot Had the Terrans had the common sense to take their time to meticulously and thoroughly fix that one buggy software update meant for the Terraformers]], there would be no rampant genocidal self-replicating robots out there to menace the galaxy, if not, the universe, and there also would not have been made possible the birth of an offshoot faction of the Terrans who would end up becoming a LostColony and then get locked into a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with their parent faction over seven centuries later. 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]]. It seems the developers decided to make an IdiotPlot [[EnforcedTrope the driving force]] of the X-Universe games as we know today.
14th Jun '16 1:00:26 AM Yalsaris63
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* The ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' game as well as the ''X3'' trilogy and ''X: Rebirth'' sequels would have never happened in the first place had the developers not written [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory]] that made responsible the existence of an IdiotPlot. [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot Had the Terrans had the common sense to take their time to meticulously and thoroughly fix that one buggy software update meant for the Terraformers]], there would be no rampant genocidal self-replicating robots out there to menace the galaxy, if not, the universe, and there also would not have been made possible the birth of an offshoot faction of the Terrans who would end up becoming a LostColony and then get locked into a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with their parent faction over 700 years later. 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]]. It seems the developers decided to make an IdiotPlot [[EnforcedTrope the driving force]] of the X-Universe games as we know today.

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* The ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' game as well as the ''X3'' trilogy and ''X: Rebirth'' sequels would have never happened in the first place had the developers not written [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory]] that made responsible the existence of an IdiotPlot. [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot Had the Terrans had the common sense to take their time to meticulously and thoroughly fix that one buggy software update meant for the Terraformers]], there would be no rampant genocidal self-replicating robots out there to menace the galaxy, if not, the universe, and there also would not have been made possible the birth of an offshoot faction of the Terrans who would end up becoming a LostColony and then get locked into a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with their parent faction over 700 years seven centuries later. 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]]. It seems the developers decided to make an IdiotPlot [[EnforcedTrope the driving force]] of the X-Universe games as we know today.
14th Jun '16 12:32:57 AM Yalsaris63
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* The ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' game as well as the ''X3'' trilogy and ''X: Rebirth'' sequels would have never happened in the first place had the developers not written [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory]] that made responsible the existence of an IdiotPlot. [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot Had the Terrans had the common sense to take their time to meticulously and thoroughly fix that one buggy software update meant for the Terraformers]], there would be no rampant genocidal self-replicating robots out there to menace the galaxy, if not, the universe, and there also would not have been made possible the birth of an offshoot faction of the Terrans who would end up becoming a LostColony and then get locked into a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with their parent faction over 700 years later. 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]]. It seems the developers decided to make an IdiotPlot the driving force of the X-Universe games as we know today.

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* The ''VideoGame/XBeyondTheFrontier'' game as well as the ''X3'' trilogy and ''X: Rebirth'' sequels would have never happened in the first place had the developers not written [[AllThereInTheManual the backstory]] that made responsible the existence of an IdiotPlot. [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot Had the Terrans had the common sense to take their time to meticulously and thoroughly fix that one buggy software update meant for the Terraformers]], there would be no rampant genocidal self-replicating robots out there to menace the galaxy, if not, the universe, and there also would not have been made possible the birth of an offshoot faction of the Terrans who would end up becoming a LostColony and then get locked into a GuiltFreeExterminationWar with their parent faction over 700 years later. 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]]. It seems the developers decided to make an IdiotPlot [[EnforcedTrope the driving force force]] of the X-Universe games as we know today.
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