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10th Mar '16 5:24:40 AM Dark_Lord_
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', you start in the Imperial Prison, unable to do anything except listen to the mocking of the prisoner across the hall and examine your surroundings until Uriel Septim arrives.
** If you have insufficient gold to pay your fines when arrested, the guards will throw you in jail if you surrender. There are several methods of escaping, but if such methods fail, you're left with little choice but to hang around in your cell until you "serve your sentence" by sleeping in the bed provided.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', you start in the Imperial Prison, unable to do anything except listen to the mocking The last two installments of the prisoner across the hall ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' franchise, Oblivion and examine your surroundings until Uriel Septim arrives.
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Skyrim include this trope in their crime and punishment system. If you have insufficient gold to pay your fines when arrested, the guards will throw you in jail if you surrender. There are several methods of escaping, but if such methods fail, you're left with little choice but to hang around in your cell until you "serve your sentence" by sleeping in the bed provided. Also, most of the games in this franchise start with the player being a prisoner, who is usually set free by some strange twist of fate. Specific examples where this trope comes to play are:
** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', you start in the Imperial Prison, unable to do anything except listen to the mocking of the prisoner across the hall and examine your surroundings until Uriel Septim arrives.
7th Feb '16 2:12:05 PM Ohio9
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' has a similar situation to the one in Fallout 3. When you are first awakened in your cryo-pod, you can do nothing but look around as you watch the events unfold.
29th Jan '16 5:48:33 AM Ohio9
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLastExpress'', Robert gets knocked out and tied up by Slav militants. After waking up, you can do nothing but fidget around until the book of matches falls out of his pocket, enabling him to burn through his bonds.



* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', if Madison is captured and tied up by the insane doctor there's a brief section where you can't do anything but move the controller to struggle and press X to scream.

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* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', if Madison is captured and tied up by the insane doctor there's a brief section where you can't do anything but move the controller to struggle and press X to scream. Eventually you do get the ability to free yourself.
19th Jan '16 11:44:23 AM Imonlyperfect
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15th Jan '16 10:28:48 AM Griff4
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* In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky]]'', there is a scene where you're trapped in a jail cell. For a brief amount of time, you can move your character, but all you can do is examine the locked door to trigger the next cutscene.
31st Dec '15 11:45:22 PM phoenix
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* In the original ''MarioParty'', once you've unlocked the final board, Eternal Star, and try to select any other board, the game will go through its board selecting animation, but force you back onto Eternal Star.
** Although this restriction is lifted once you've played Eternal Star.
* Whenever your computer freezes, but you can still move your mouse.
** And you don't even realize it's frozen because the little circle on a tab keeps spinning too...

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* In the original ''MarioParty'', once you've unlocked the final board, Eternal Star, and try to select any other board, the game will go through its board selecting animation, but force you back onto Eternal Star.
** Although this
Star. This restriction is only lifted once you've played Eternal Star.
* Whenever your computer freezes, but you can still move your mouse.
** And you don't
mouse. You may not even realize it's frozen because the little circle on a tab keeps spinning spinning, too...
31st Dec '15 10:58:41 PM SalexNights
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** And you don't even realize it's frozen because the little circle on a tab keeps spinning too...
31st Dec '15 9:03:38 PM YeOldeLuke
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* If you die in ''VideoGame/OedipusInMyInventory'' you can walk around the bank of the River Styx before restarting.
22nd Dec '15 9:13:55 AM Phoenixion
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->''"That timer isn't a catalyst to keep the action moving along. It's just seconds ticking away to your death. You're only still playing instead of watching a cutscene because I want to watch you for every moment that you're powerless. To see you made humble."''
-->-- '''TheNarrator''', ''VideoGame/TheStanleyParable''


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->''"That timer isn't a catalyst to keep the action moving along. It's just seconds ticking away to your death. You're only still playing instead of watching a cutscene because I want to watch you for every moment that you're powerless. To see you made humble."''
-->-- '''TheNarrator''', ''VideoGame/TheStanleyParable''
19th Dec '15 11:59:07 AM nombretomado
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* Happens in the finale of ''ShadowOfTheColossus'': you can futilely struggle while [[spoiler:being sucked into a vortex]] and you can [[spoiler:cry and struggle after being turned into an infant]]. And rather ironically, [[spoiler:after being possessed by a god]] you're similarly helpless--you can attack your enemies or limp away from them, but nothing you do can prevent [[spoiler:the aforementioned vortex from being created]].

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* Happens in the finale of ''ShadowOfTheColossus'': ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'': you can futilely struggle while [[spoiler:being sucked into a vortex]] and you can [[spoiler:cry and struggle after being turned into an infant]]. And rather ironically, [[spoiler:after being possessed by a god]] you're similarly helpless--you can attack your enemies or limp away from them, but nothing you do can prevent [[spoiler:the aforementioned vortex from being created]].
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