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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.
14th Apr '16 10:24:33 AM Prfnoff
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* The British show ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' (and its radio predecessor) features Numberwang, "the maths quiz that simply everyone is talking about." Unfortunately, it's portrayed as so ubiquitous its rules no longer need explaining, and the rules are not intuitive--usually, when a contestant calls out a number, an entirely different number lights up on the board. Here are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BGEALhrb38 three]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIxz6BDmTNU&NR=1 sample]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJDu5D_IXbc&NR=1 games]] so that you can find a pattern.

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* The British show ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' (and its radio predecessor) features Numberwang, "the maths quiz that simply everyone is talking about." Unfortunately, it's portrayed as so ubiquitous its rules no longer need explaining, and the rules are not intuitive--usually, when a contestant calls out a number, an entirely different number lights up on the board.board, and the scoring makes no sense whatsoever. Here are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BGEALhrb38 three]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIxz6BDmTNU&NR=1 sample]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJDu5D_IXbc&NR=1 games]] so that you can find a pattern.
7th Apr '16 6:20:26 AM Phred
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewMrPeabodyAndShermanShow'' has the titular duo go back in time to watch what is supposed to be the first game of baseball, but the inventor Alexander Cartwright, is such a poor sport, he keeps changing the rules on the fly to make sure he wins. Eventually it gets so bad that the game bears no resemblance to baseball and even Alexander agrees it's become a mess.
26th Mar '16 12:49:32 PM MarkLungo
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* One issue of ''[[Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes Legionnaires]]'' features Triad and Bouncing Boy watching a game that looks almost exactly like baseball, until you notice the cricket wickets.

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* One issue of ''[[Comicbook/LegionOfSuperHeroes Legionnaires]]'' features Triad and Bouncing Boy watching a game that looks almost exactly like baseball, UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}}, until you notice the cricket UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} wickets.



* The sport of Cricket is often seen as this by those who don't have a history of playing it, due to its [[CricketRules complex ruleset and arcane terminology]]. This has often been a source of humour for Americans in particular.

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* The sport of Cricket UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} is often seen as this by those who don't have a history of playing it, due to its [[CricketRules [[UsefulNotes/CricketRules complex ruleset and arcane terminology]]. This has often been a source of humour for Americans in particular.
26th Mar '16 7:24:51 AM Freezer
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* The sport of Sideball from ''WebOriginal/{{Qwerpline}}'', which (so far) seems to be equal parts cricket, baseball, lacrosse and American football and contains such positions as punter and first and second turnstile.

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* The sport of Sideball from ''WebOriginal/{{Qwerpline}}'', which (so far) seems to be equal parts cricket, baseball, lacrosse and American football and football, contains such positions as punter and first and second turnstile.turnstile and allows certain positions to be manned by stuffed dummies..
9th Mar '16 6:15:17 AM MegaMarioMan
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* ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank Ratchet And Clank 3: Up Your Arsenal]]'' includes the pair playing a game that ''vaguely'' resembles chess:

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* ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank Ratchet And Clank 3: Up Your Arsenal]]'' ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'' includes the pair playing a game that ''vaguely'' resembles chess:
3rd Mar '16 9:50:04 AM Prfnoff
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** Calvin seems to be fond of games with impossibly convoluted rules, even though he's not very good at regular baseball, let alone the variation with over two dozen bases spread out over half the neighborhood, entire "ghost" teams and usually ending in a BigBallOfViolence with Hobbes.

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** Calvin seems to be fond of games with impossibly convoluted rules, even though he's not very good at regular baseball, let alone the variation with over two dozen bases spread out over half the neighborhood, entire "ghost" teams and usually ending in a BigBallOfViolence with Hobbes. But he seems to prefer it that way.
--->'''Calvin''': I mean, it's fun playing baseball with just ''you'', because we both get to pitch, bat, run and catch all at once. We get to ''do'' everything.\\
'''Hobbes''': Mostly we just argue over the rules we make up! That's the part ''I'' like!
29th Feb '16 1:42:29 AM SinclairSLN
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* In Aldous Huxley's ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', this is actually ''encouraged''; because the world economy emphasizes constant consumption and production, the Controllers will only approve new sports or games if their creators can prove that playing it requires the consumption of more resources than currently-existing ones. Hence people enjoying elaborate and complex games such as centrifugal bumble-puppy and sports such as Escalator-Squash Racket, Obstacle- and Electro-magnetic Golf and Riemann Surface Tennis.
27th Feb '16 10:55:08 AM StFan
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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island's'' iconic dodgeball match takes on [[DownplayedTrope shades of]] Calvinball in the TDI reimagining story, ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland''. When Chris briefs the teams before the match, he warns them that the rules might not remain constant throughout. When he decides that a game is going too quickly, he springs a new rule on the players and tells them that he can restore the teams to full strength whenever he wants. He later changes the number of balls on the court, without bothering to call time out, to counter hoarding. The match is largely described [[BloodlessCarnage in the style of a battle scene]] from ''Literature/TheIliad'', and Chris' fluid rules parallel ''The Iliad'''s divine interventions.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island's'' Island''[='s=] iconic dodgeball match takes on [[DownplayedTrope shades of]] Calvinball in the TDI reimagining story, ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland''. When Chris briefs the teams before the match, he warns them that the rules might not remain constant throughout. When he decides that a game is going too quickly, he springs a new rule on the players and tells them that he can restore the teams to full strength whenever he wants. He later changes the number of balls on the court, without bothering to call time out, to counter hoarding. The match is largely described [[BloodlessCarnage in the style of a battle scene]] from ''Literature/TheIliad'', and Chris' fluid rules parallel ''The Iliad'''s divine interventions.



* At one point in ''TotalDramaAction'', Heather, frustrated at one of Chris' seeming last second rules change that screwed her team out of a victory, accuses him of making the rules up as he goes along. Chris simply replies, "I love my job."

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* At one point in ''TotalDramaAction'', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Action'', Heather, frustrated at one of Chris' seeming last second rules change that screwed her team out of a victory, accuses him of making the rules up as he goes along. Chris simply replies, "I love my job."
26th Feb '16 9:55:18 AM TotemicHero
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You know that it's great, 'cause it's named after me"''!

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You know that it's great, 'cause it's named after me"''!me!"''
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