History IdiotPlot / VideoGames

12th Aug '17 8:17:42 AM DrNoPuma
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* Played for laughs in ''VideoGame/HoratioTheThirdSeniorManjensenWithKnuckles''. Horatio runs off to begin his adventure before Morgan Treeman could give him a weapon that would apparently have given him the ability to beat the game instantly.
18th Jul '17 3:10:18 PM infernape612
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** In the main quest, the team uncovers conclusive proof that a character is :a traitor. The protagonist (not the PlayerCharacter) comes to this fact and tells the traitor's ''best friend'', but NO ONE ELSE. Predictably, the best friend decides to give the traitor the benefit of the doubt and take a "wait and see" attitude. The very next mission, your Commander expresses concerns that there may be a traitor, but said protagonist ''never'' tells the commander about the evidence she has. These two baffling moves allow said traitor to later on make off with both humanity's ace-in-the-hole against the aliens who want to KillAllHumans ''and'' the data everybody needs to survive a ticking clock situation that will cause the entire human race to drop dead if unresolved.

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** In the main quest, the team uncovers conclusive proof that a character is :a a traitor. The protagonist (not the PlayerCharacter) comes to this fact and tells the traitor's ''best friend'', but NO ONE ELSE. Predictably, the best friend decides to give the traitor the benefit of the doubt and take a "wait and see" attitude. The very next mission, your Commander expresses concerns that there may be a traitor, but said protagonist ''never'' tells the commander about the evidence she has. These two baffling moves allow said traitor to later on make off with both humanity's ace-in-the-hole against the aliens who want to KillAllHumans ''and'' the data everybody needs to survive a ticking clock situation that will cause the entire human race to drop dead if unresolved.
6th Jul '17 1:47:06 AM infernape612
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*** The case of the prosecution rests on the idea that a frail, fourteen-year-old pianist with no firearms training could fire a 45-caliber pistol without injury, ''despite'' the fact that it is constantly stated that the recoil would be enough to dislocate the arm of a grown man of average build (itself a laughably stupid assertion treated as some kind of hard fact). Even worse, this fact comes up as a plot point latter to uncover the real killer. (This is given a minor HandWave early on; the ''only'' reason such a flimsy case is going on trial is because the Borginian Embassy is pressing for a swift resolution to the case--an in-universe case of ExecutiveMeddling. Likely someone in the Borginian government knew about [[spoiler:the cocoon smuggling going on, and that the murder victim, Romein [=LeTouse=], was investigating it]].) The player also doesn't get to question how his client was supposed to move the body of a much larger man all the way from the dressing room to the stage.

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*** The case of the prosecution rests on the idea that a frail, fourteen-year-old pianist with no firearms training could fire a 45-caliber pistol without injury, ''despite'' the fact that it is constantly stated that the recoil would be enough to dislocate the arm of a grown man of average build (itself a laughably stupid assertion treated as some kind of hard fact). Even worse, this fact comes up as a plot point latter later to uncover the real killer. (This is given a minor HandWave early on; the ''only'' reason such a flimsy case is going on trial is because the Borginian Embassy is pressing for a swift resolution to the case--an in-universe case of ExecutiveMeddling. Likely someone in the Borginian government knew about [[spoiler:the cocoon smuggling going on, and that the murder victim, Romein [=LeTouse=], was investigating it]].) The player also doesn't get to question how his client was supposed to move the body of a much larger man all the way from the dressing room to the stage.
4th Jul '17 9:38:18 AM gophergiggles
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* Play the entirety of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' and count the number of times Snake has a completely clear uninhibited shot at [[BigBad Liquid Ocelot]] and just doesn't pull the trigger. The events of the game could have been solved as early as the first mission of ''Act One'' had Snake [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shot the guy]]. That's idiotic enough and you don't even have to count when Snake decides to just stupidly wander up to Ocelot in Act 3 instead of just shooting: not only does he get the [[CurbStompBattle supreme shit kicked out of him via CQC]], but this is also what allows Liquid to achieve his NearVillainVictory to begin with.
2nd Jul '17 11:14:07 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Made especially {{egregious}} when you realize it's an action-adventure remake of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'', where our heroes aren't nearly as moronic. Whereas our heroes' foolish actions in [=MK2=] is forgivable due to their unfamiliarity with Outworld and distractions of other important things (like taking revenge for the death of an entire shrine or rescuing a fallen comrade), ''Shaolin Monks'' everyone are so brick-stupid as to fall for a GambitPileup that could've ''only'' succeeded if they weren't smart or perceptive enough to realize their "friends" are [[NotHimself not themselves]]. Well...''Johnny Cage'' retained enough GenreSavvy to realize what was going on, but his keen insight unfortunately didn't rub off on anyone else.

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** Made especially {{egregious}} when you realize it's an action-adventure remake of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'', where our heroes aren't nearly as moronic. Whereas our heroes' foolish actions in [=MK2=] is forgivable due to their unfamiliarity with Outworld and distractions of other important things (like taking revenge for the death of an entire shrine or rescuing a fallen comrade), ''Shaolin Monks'' everyone are so brick-stupid as to fall for a GambitPileup that could've ''only'' succeeded if they weren't smart or perceptive enough to realize their "friends" are [[NotHimself not themselves]]. Well...''Johnny Cage'' retained enough GenreSavvy to realize realized what was going on, but his keen insight unfortunately didn't rub off on anyone else.
22nd Jun '17 3:05:24 PM Gosicrystal
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''{{VideoGame/Octodad}}''. The entire premise is about people being too dumb to realize that the protagonist is not a human, but an octopus. Granted, they can get suspicious about it, but the flopping about and lack of fingers tips them off only so much that they can become ''99.99 percent sure'' that he's an octopus, but not act on it until they're 100 percent sure. There are only two people who know you're an octopus: the villainous sushi chef, with even that turning out to be a case of AccidentallyAccurate (he thinks ''everyone'' might be a fish pretending to be human) and [[spoiler:your daughter, Stacy]], who never mentioned it because they thought EverybodyKnewAlready. The protagonist too has his dumb moments, like when he's fooled by a decoy of his wife made out of food. Said wife also fails to recognize a guy who tried to kill her husband just a few years ago, and [[MoodWhiplash hilariously punctuates]] a harrowing assassination attempt on the protagonist out in broad daylight with "Honey, what's going on over there?"

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''{{VideoGame/Octodad}}''. The entire premise is about people being too dumb to realize that the protagonist is not a human, but an octopus. Granted, they can get suspicious about it, but the flopping about and lack of fingers tips them off only so much that they can become ''99.99 percent sure'' that he's an octopus, but not act on it until they're 100 percent sure. There are only two people who know you're an octopus: the villainous sushi chef, with even that turning out to be a case of AccidentallyAccurate RightForTheWrongReasons (he thinks ''everyone'' might be a fish pretending to be human) and [[spoiler:your daughter, Stacy]], who never mentioned it because they thought EverybodyKnewAlready. The protagonist too has his dumb moments, like when he's fooled by a decoy of his wife made out of food. Said wife also fails to recognize a guy who tried to kill her husband just a few years ago, and [[MoodWhiplash hilariously punctuates]] a harrowing assassination attempt on the protagonist out in broad daylight with "Honey, what's going on over there?"
13th Jun '17 4:39:18 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. 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 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, [[HumansAreMorons 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 ''VideoGame/{{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. Had the Terrans had possessed 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 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, [[HumansAreMorons 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 ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' games as we know today.
19th May '17 8:40:46 PM CerotechOmega
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* The plot of ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad'' is driven by Kirby trying to get his stolen strawberry shortcake back, and it gets more ridiculous when Meta Knight takes a chest from the Squeaks and Kirby believes it has his cake inside. Meta Knight could have completely shut down the last portion of the game if he had spent a couple of minutes to explain things to Kirby, but nope! He chooses to make off with the chest, and Kirby chases after him, leading to {{spoiler:[[SealedEvilInACan Dark Nebula's release]]}}.

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* The plot of ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad'' is driven by Kirby trying to get his stolen strawberry shortcake back, and it gets more ridiculous when Meta Knight takes a chest from the Squeaks and Kirby believes it has his cake inside. Meta Knight could have completely shut down the last portion of the game if he had spent a couple of minutes to explain things to Kirby, but nope! He chooses to make off with the chest, and Kirby chases after him, leading to {{spoiler:[[SealedEvilInACan [[spoiler:[[SealedEvilInACan Dark Nebula's release]]}}.release]]]].
19th May '17 12:30:20 PM Yalsaris63
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* The plot of ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad'' is driven by Kirby trying to get his stolen strawberry shortcake back, and it gets more ridiculous when Meta Knight takes a chest from the Squeaks and Kirby believes it has his cake inside. Meta Knight could have completely shut down the last portion of the game if he had spent a couple of minutes to explain things to Kirby, but nope! He chooses to make off with the chest, and Kirby chases after him, leading to [[spoiler:[[SealedEvilInACan Dark Nebula's release]].

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* The plot of ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad'' is driven by Kirby trying to get his stolen strawberry shortcake back, and it gets more ridiculous when Meta Knight takes a chest from the Squeaks and Kirby believes it has his cake inside. Meta Knight could have completely shut down the last portion of the game if he had spent a couple of minutes to explain things to Kirby, but nope! He chooses to make off with the chest, and Kirby chases after him, leading to [[spoiler:[[SealedEvilInACan {{spoiler:[[SealedEvilInACan Dark Nebula's release]].release]]}}.
19th May '17 12:29:59 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. 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 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, [[HumansAreMorons 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 ''VideoGame/{X}'' games as we know today.
* The plot of ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad'' is driven by Kirby trying to get his stolen strawberry shortcake back, and it gets more ridiculous when Meta Knight takes a chest from the Squeaks and Kirby believes it has his cake inside. Meta Knight could have completely shut down the last portion of the game if he had spent a couple of minutes to explain things to Kirby, but nope! He chooses to make off with the chest, and Kirby chases after him, leading to {{spoiler:[[SealedEvilInACan Dark Nebula's release]].

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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. 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 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, [[HumansAreMorons 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 ''VideoGame/{X}'' ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' games as we know today.
* The plot of ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad'' is driven by Kirby trying to get his stolen strawberry shortcake back, and it gets more ridiculous when Meta Knight takes a chest from the Squeaks and Kirby believes it has his cake inside. Meta Knight could have completely shut down the last portion of the game if he had spent a couple of minutes to explain things to Kirby, but nope! He chooses to make off with the chest, and Kirby chases after him, leading to {{spoiler:[[SealedEvilInACan [[spoiler:[[SealedEvilInACan Dark Nebula's release]].
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