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7th Dec '17 1:15:15 AM jormis29
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* When ''VideoGame/DuckHunt'' was first released in Japan in 1984, it was still pretty early during the Famicom's lifespan, barely a blip in most people's radar as a result. The game's main novelty at the time was the fact that it was one of the first games to support the Famicom's light gun controller alongside ''Wild Gunman'' and ''Hogan's Alley''. However, its inclusion as a pack-in game in most NES console bundles, initially in the Deluxe Set with the R.O.B. robotic buddy, later on in the more popular Action Set as a 2-in-1 cartridge alongside ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'', led it to become one of the most widely distributed Nintendo game for the console, ensuring a presence in the collective consciousness of NES players. This eventually led to the dog and duck duo from the game becoming a fighter in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. 4]]''.

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* When ''VideoGame/DuckHunt'' was first released in Japan in 1984, it was still pretty early during the Famicom's lifespan, barely a blip in most people's radar as a result. The game's main novelty at the time was the fact that it was one of the first games to support the Famicom's light gun controller alongside ''Wild Gunman'' ''VideoGame/WildGunman'' and ''Hogan's Alley''.''VideoGame/HogansAlley''. However, its inclusion as a pack-in game in most NES console bundles, initially in the Deluxe Set with the R.O.B. robotic buddy, later on in the more popular Action Set as a 2-in-1 cartridge alongside ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'', led it to become one of the most widely distributed Nintendo game for the console, ensuring a presence in the collective consciousness of NES players. This eventually led to the dog and duck duo from the game becoming a fighter in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. 4]]''.
18th Nov '17 2:29:28 PM IlGreven
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** The "curse" was inverted in 2017, when a 2014 issue of Sports Illustrated suddenly became very popular...because it predicted the Astros as 2017 World Series champions and put then-rookie George Springer on the cover. The Astros did indeed win the 2017 World Series, with Springer being named World Series MVP. SI would homage the 2014 cover the next week.
17th Nov '17 8:40:52 PM DustSnitch
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An easy way for a relatively unknown or unpopular actor, politician, or musician to experience a sudden increase in popularity is to appear on ''[[Creator/StephenColbert The Late Show With Stephen Colbert]]'' or a similar talk show. This usually is because they managed to grab and impress the audience of that show, who then spreads the word via [[ViralMarketing Word Of Mouth]] of how good they are. It's the number one reason to appear on certain shows, especially ones where the host enjoys tormenting the guests. This even extends to elements of a relatively obscure work gets featured in a newer work, which often happens with popular crossover series like ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''

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An easy way for a relatively unknown or unpopular actor, politician, or musician to experience a sudden increase in popularity is to appear on ''[[Creator/StephenColbert The Late Show With Stephen Colbert]]'' ''Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert'' or a similar talk show. This usually is because they managed to grab and impress the audience of that show, who then spreads the word via [[ViralMarketing Word Of Mouth]] of how good they are. It's the number one reason to appear on certain shows, especially ones where the host enjoys tormenting the guests. This even extends to elements of a relatively obscure work gets featured in a newer work, which often happens with popular crossover series like ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''
15th Nov '17 7:43:38 PM PaulA
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* Medusa actually appears very little in media made before 1981. Featuring her as an antagonist in ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' caused her 'popularity' to skyrocket, and she's now one of the most famous figures from Greek Mythology.

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* Medusa actually appears very little in media made before 1981. Featuring her as an antagonist in ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'' caused her 'popularity' to skyrocket, and she's now one of the most famous figures from Greek Mythology.
22nd Oct '17 4:33:46 PM nombretomado
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* Music/JoshGroban's big break came at the 1999 Grammy Awards, where he stood in for Andrea Bocelli in a duet with CelineDion. Rosie O'Donnell and ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' came calling soon afterwards.

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* Music/JoshGroban's big break came at the 1999 Grammy Awards, where he stood in for Andrea Bocelli in a duet with CelineDion.Music/CelineDion. Rosie O'Donnell and ''Series/AllyMcBeal'' came calling soon afterwards.
19th Oct '17 11:54:27 AM TheWarioBros
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* The Bridge Cafe has gotten significantly more popular after becoming the place the losing team are sent on ''Series/TheApprentice''. You've now even got tourists visiting after seeing it on the show.
18th Oct '17 12:07:12 AM Trogdor7620
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* ''VideoGame/{{Subnautica}}'' managed to get more attention after LetsPlay/JackSepticEye began to do a series on the game. At one point, Jack even states that the developers of the game got in contact with him, and thanked him for saving them from bankruptcy.
17th Oct '17 8:08:49 PM HurricaneChris
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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemHeroes'' has done this to virtually every older game in the entire franchise. The older games were more obscure, [[NoExportForYou with half of them never even leaving Japan]], compared to the smash hits that were ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Fates]]''. However, exposure to other characters from older games has increased interest and demand for them, especially when the heroes in question are extremely good in the meta. The most apparent beneficiaries have been ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Path of Radiance]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar Genealogy of the Holy War]]''.
8th Oct '17 5:55:07 AM Gosicrystal
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** Likewise, ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' was an obscure indie game until the ''Minecraft'' devs mentioned it on their blog. Sales shot up to the point that it was higher on Steam's bestseller list than ''Portal 2'' for several days.
** ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' causes a similar effect whenever they mention ''anything''. This is probably why Creator/{{Nintendo}} got them to do a five-part ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' comic. So a frequent a phenomenon that it has been named. When the mention of a website on ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' leads to so many hits that the website's servers go down, it is said that the website in question has been "wanged". Jerry "Tycho" Holkins wrote that a recommendation from them can seem like a hostile act, "functionally indistinguishable from a Denial Of Service attack".

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** Likewise, * ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' was an obscure indie game until the ''Minecraft'' devs mentioned it on their blog. Sales shot up to the point that it was higher on Steam's bestseller list than ''Portal 2'' for several days.
** * ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' causes a similar effect whenever they mention ''anything''. This is probably why Creator/{{Nintendo}} got them to do a five-part ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' comic. So a frequent a phenomenon that it has been named. When the mention of a website on ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' leads to so many hits that the website's servers go down, it is said that the website in question has been "wanged". Jerry "Tycho" Holkins wrote that a recommendation from them can seem like a hostile act, "functionally indistinguishable from a Denial Of Service attack".



** ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' in general has this effect on games which offer in-game promotional items as pre-order bonuses, particularly if promotional weapons are being offered.

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** * ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' in general has this effect on games which offer in-game promotional items as pre-order bonuses, particularly if promotional weapons are being offered.
7th Oct '17 7:25:55 PM wuggles
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** Happened again in fall 2017 with "Mi Gente" by Colombian artist J Balvin and French artist Willy William, which had a remix made featuring Music/{{Beyonce}} (with the proceeds going to hurricane relief charities). The song went to #1 on the Billboard Top 100 within a week.
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