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24th Jun '16 3:15:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* Most of Andy and Rodney's games in ''SquirrelBoy''.
* The aptly named sport of 'Mutilation Ball' on ''{{Robotomy}}''.

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* Most of Andy and Rodney's games in ''SquirrelBoy''.
''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy''.
* The aptly named sport of 'Mutilation Ball' on ''{{Robotomy}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}''.
12th Jun '16 7:53:07 PM Micah
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' had a week dedicated to [[http://comics.com/frazz/2006-05-01/ Bedlamball]]. Not surprising, considering the WildMassGuessing that Frazz is, in fact, adult Calvin.


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* ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'' had a week dedicated to [[http://comics.com/frazz/2006-05-01/ Bedlamball]]. Not surprising, considering the WildMassGuessing that Frazz is, in fact, adult Calvin.
4th Jun '16 3:05:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Chuckles the jester in ''UltimaVII'' is a champion of "The Game", which it's impossible for him to explain the rules of without violating them. [[spoiler: The objective is to complete a conversation with him without using any words containing more than one syllable.]]

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* Chuckles the jester in ''UltimaVII'' ''VideoGame/UltimaVII'' is a champion of "The Game", which it's impossible for him to explain the rules of without violating them. [[spoiler: The objective is to complete a conversation with him without using any words containing more than one syllable.]]



* "Thrashball" in ''GearsOfWar'' is Blernsball as applied to NFL football rather than baseball; in many ways very similar to a familiar sport, but in many others bizarre and incomprehensible. There's a guy with ''shields'' in the backfield.

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* "Thrashball" in ''GearsOfWar'' ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' is Blernsball as applied to NFL football rather than baseball; in many ways very similar to a familiar sport, but in many others bizarre and incomprehensible. There's a guy with ''shields'' in the backfield.



* The inhabitants of the ChaoticStupid Chaosrealm in ''MortalKombatDeception'' have a game called Everybody Runs Around, where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin everybody just runs around]] with no win condition or rules.

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* The inhabitants of the ChaoticStupid Chaosrealm in ''MortalKombatDeception'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'' have a game called Everybody Runs Around, where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin everybody just runs around]] with no win condition or rules.
27th May '16 4:59:32 AM LadyJaneGrey
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Also see PacManFever, where writers create Calvinball out of video games (intentionally or not) -- all we know is that most involve levels where you [[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 kill everyone]] with lots and lots of ButtonMashing and joystick swinging -- ''far'' more than what a game should have. See ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot when the premise is [[MerchandiseDriven all about a specific game]] but they end up turning it into Calvinball. When a known game or sport is played like Calvinball, then it's not Calvin's ball, but [[GretzkyHasTheBall Wayne Gretzky's]]. If it's played that way unintentionally it's ArtisticLicenseSports.

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Also see PacManFever, where writers create Calvinball out of video games (intentionally or not) -- all we know is that most involve levels where you [[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 kill everyone]] with lots and lots of ButtonMashing and joystick swinging -- ''far'' more than what a game should have. See ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot when the premise is [[MerchandiseDriven all about a specific game]] but they end up turning it into Calvinball. When a known game or sport is played like Calvinball, then it's not Calvin's ball, but [[GretzkyHasTheBall Wayne Gretzky's]]. If it's played that way unintentionally it's ArtisticLicenseSports.
ArtisticLicenseSports. Compare FictionalSport.
23rd May '16 11:34:57 AM intersection786
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-->'''Inventor:''' ''({{Beat}})'' [[CaptainOblivious He didn't even say if he liked it!]] ''(understated, two-note {{sting}})''

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-->'''Inventor:''' ''({{Beat}})'' [[CaptainOblivious [[ComicallyMissingThePoint He didn't even say if he liked it!]] ''(understated, two-note {{sting}})''
23rd May '16 11:32:22 AM intersection786
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* On ''Series/TheElectricCompany'', Jim Boyd's inventor/salesman introduces Luis Avalos' game company executive Mr. Overprice to the game called "Pay." It involves hitting a Koopa (an enormous baseball) with a cudgel and running around the bases (i.e., the office furniture). Afterwards:
--> '''Mr. Overprice:''' I think you named it right in naming it "Pay," because you are about to pay for everything you've broken!
-->''(Mr. Overprice grabs the inventor in rage)''
-->'''Inventor:''' Ah, Mr. Overprice, you can't touch me while I'm standing on home base.
-->'''Mr. Overprice:''' Ye! ''({{Fainting}} into the resulting clutter)''
-->'''Inventor:''' ''({{Beat}})'' [[CaptainOblivious He didn't even say if he liked it!]] ''(understated, two-note {{sting}})''
18th May '16 6:38:36 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheMiddleMan'' gave us Shabumi, an exceedingly complex card game played by high-class villainous types. Each player is given a full deck of cards, over 300 verbal and physical challenges are involved, and the price for losing or cheating is death. Oh, and live bunnies are involved somehow.

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* ''TheMiddleMan'' ''Series/TheMiddleMan'' gave us Shabumi, an exceedingly complex card game played by high-class villainous types. Each player is given a full deck of cards, over 300 verbal and physical challenges are involved, and the price for losing or cheating is death. Oh, and live bunnies are involved somehow.
13th May '16 6:57:21 PM PixelKnight
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** Dragons have the Great Game, ''xorvintaal'', the objective of which is to steal the other dragon players' treasure with the help of mortal [[TheChessmaster chess pieces]] called exarchs. The game is a "tortured mess of contradictory rules and exceptions that only a dragon with centuries to study could understand," far beyond the comprehension of younger races. Narratively speaking, ''xorvintaal'' exists to fuel {{Excuse Plot}}s, so if the DM needs dragons or the [=PCs=] to do something all they have to do is call it a ''xorvintaal'' maneuver.

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** Dragons have the Great Game, ''xorvintaal'', the objective of which is to steal the other dragon players' treasure with the help of mortal [[TheChessmaster chess pieces]] called exarchs. The game is a "tortured mess of contradictory rules and exceptions that only a dragon with centuries to study could understand," far beyond the comprehension of younger races. Narratively speaking, ''xorvintaal'' exists to fuel {{Excuse Plot}}s, so if the DM needs dragons or the [=PCs=] to do something all they have to do is call it a ''xorvintaal'' maneuver. To get a sense of how complex it is, the entirety of World War I would be an intermediate ''xorvintaal'' maneuver, with World War II being a good countermove.
8th May '16 1:00:15 PM nombretomado
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* The ''HeyArnold'' episode "Cool Jerk" begins with the kids playing a schoolyard game known as "Nuclear Ball".

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* The ''HeyArnold'' ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Cool Jerk" begins with the kids playing a schoolyard game known as "Nuclear Ball".
19th Apr '16 2:38:55 PM Scorntex
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* ''Fanfic/TheInfiniteLoops:'' Chaos, a game invented by a reformed Discord. It appears to be some kind of card game, and like its creator, doesn't seem to make any sense (not helping is that any snip involving it tends to start after the game has begun, with characters who all know the rules). It also apparently has "expansions", including a sci-fi themed one seen being played by Captain Picard.
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