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6th Dec '16 12:04:42 PM WanderingBrowser
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* ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}'' has this for practically anyone you meet. Though, given the circumstances, several might come across as {{Mercy Kill}}ings.
** Early on, in order to escape from Upsilon-1's Comm Station, you need to divert power from one of two rooms. Simple enough, except that the WAU has created one of its Mockingbirds -- robots with copied human consciousnesses deluded into thinking they are still human -- and welded into the floor in one of the room. If you use the power from his room, you send a direct electrical current through him, causing him endless pain that you can't turn off. If you use the power from the other room, you drain all of his power as part of the process, killing him. Oh, and for extra moral quandries; using the power from the other room not only kills this friendly Mockingbird, but lets the Proxy that you narrowly escaped from earlier journey up into this room, forcing you to outmaneuver it before you can escape.
** To escape from Upsilon-2 early in the game, you have no choice but to unplug the artificial lungs preserving the life of a woman injured by WAU, killing her to save yourself.
** At one point, you need to get a certain type of chip to start up a zeppelin again. You can either take it from the cute little robot-buddy, who has been helping you in that area and has done nothing wrong, or take it from one of the jerk robots... who will scream and curse in pain each time you shoot him with the taser, until you finally kill him with the third shot and take the chip from him. And your little robot-buddy will be scared of you, if you do the latter.
** Late in the game, you encounter [[spoiler: Sarah, the '''last human on earth'''. She's a mere husk of a human, kept alive by a machine. After helping you, Sarah asks you to please turn her life-support machine off. You can choose to not turn it off or you can, in which case she'll ask you to stay with her]].
** Towards the very end of the game, before you finally reach the Omega Space Gun, you encounter "The Heart", a bio-mechanical organ that the WAU uses to distribute its MutagenicGoo to the entirety of [=PATHOS-II=]. From another sane cyborg, you're told that your body is actually filled with a unique toxic "structure gel" that was created to kill the WAU and its creatures, and it implores you to distribute it into the Heart. This will destroy all of the horrific Proxies you've encountered so far, and the infected sea life... but it also kills the harmless Mockingbirds and the humans who have been "assimilated" into the WAU as well. Of course, given the former are portrayed as insane and the latter are, at best, physically crippled and kept in a LotusEaterMachine that makes them unaware of their hideous fate, it does raise the question as to which is the crueller of the choices; letting them go on existing in that state, or giving them a swift death.
** The protagonist Simon isn't immune to this. [[spoiler: He learns that he is merely a copy of the original Simon's brain, put into a robot, while the real Simon died a good hundred years ago. Later, Simon needs to be transferred to another body and succeed... only to be told that they ''copied'' his brain, not transferred it. Meaning there is now a Simon copy lying around, unconscious for a few days and will wake up without Catherine or any idea what went down last and be stuck in a dangerous area. Though Simon can choose to drain his battery, so that copy will die. ''And then'', at the end of the game, Simon's brain is copied once more onto The Ark. Meaning he is in his second body, but still stuck at the bottom of the ocean, and presumably surrounded by dangerous creatures, although the threat may be diminished if you poisoned the WAU beforehand]].



* ''VideoGame/{{SOMA}}'' has this for practically anyone you meet. Though, given the circumstances, several might come across as {{MercyKill}}ings.
** Early on, you meet a robot and you can either unplug him, effectively killing him, or plug him into a specific socket, which causes continuous, electricity to run through and torture him.
** To escape from Upsilon-2 early in the game, you have no choice but to unplug the artificial lungs preserving the life of a woman injured by WAU, killing her to save yourself.
** At one point, you need to get a certain type of chip to start up a zeppelin again. You can either take it from the cute little robot-buddy, who has been helping you in that area and has done nothing wrong, or take it from one of the jerk robots... who will scream and curse in pain, until you take the chip from him. And your little robot-buddy will be scared of you, if you do the latter.
** Late in the game, you encounter [[spoiler: Sarah, the '''last human on earth'''. She's a mere husk of a human, kept alive by a machine. After helping you, Sarah asks you to please turn her life-support machine off. You can choose to not turn it off or you can, in which case she'll ask you to stay with her]].
** The protagonist Simon isn't immune to this. [[spoiler: He learns that he is merely a copy of the original Simon's brain, put into a robot, while the real Simon died a good hundred years ago. Later, Simon needs to be transferred to another body and succeed... only to be told that they ''copied'' his brain, not transferred it. Meaning there is now a Simon copy lying around, unconscious for a few days and will wake up without Catherine or any idea what went down last and be stuck in a dangerous area. Though Simon can choose to drain his battery, so that copy will die. ''And then'', at the end of the game, Simon's brain is copied once more onto The Ark. Meaning he is in his second body, but still stuck at the bottom of the ocean, surrounded by dangerous creatures]].
21st Nov '16 1:25:55 AM smalltime
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** In the same episode, you're required to publically humiliate Sybil in the process of discrediting Abe.
17th Nov '16 11:08:51 AM WanderingBrowser
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** To escape from Upsilon-2 early in the game, you have no choice but to unplug the artificial lungs preserving the life of a woman injured by WAU, killing her to save yourself.
15th Nov '16 6:53:30 PM Meyers07TheTroper
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** Earlier in the game it was even worse, where you are told by your phony rapper old friend OG Loc to stole "Madd Dogg's rhyme book, from his home in the hills!". Except it isn't just stealing the rhyme book, but also throat-slashing (this mission is intended as tutorial for the stealth mechanics including stealth kills) half dozen innocent mansion security of a (later revealed to be) decent NonActionGuy rapper. This, and the next mission, which laced with BlackComedy where you need to dunk his manager (it helps though that the manager being AssholeVictim with ties to gangs and drug dealers), drove Madd Dogg (said decent rapper) to [[DrivenToSuicide deep end]], making [[HeelRealization you]] [[HeelFaceTurn have to]] [[InterruptedSuicide save him]] near the end.
10th Nov '16 3:28:23 PM Storygirl000
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* ''Can Your Pet?'' seems like a regular VirtualPet game at first...then you click on the bicycle. [[spoiler: [[MoodWhiplash It's not a bicycle at all]]-it's a pair of ''buzzsaws'', which make quick work of your pet before [[IncrediblyLamePun dropping the remains in a can]] while the credits roll. Christ.]]
23rd Oct '16 10:43:59 PM Nicoaln
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* ''VideoGame/ZakMcKrackenAndTheAlienMindBenders'' requires several items to be obtained from an airplane. To do this, Zak must make the Stewardess's shift a living hell. First Zak must use the toilet and then clog the sink, causing a flood. While the stewardess is cleaning it up, he blows an egg up in the microwave. The stewardess is ''not'' amused, yet it feels quite funny.


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** Lampshaded early on wherein April repeatedly distracts a woman at a desk by asking her to get forms in increasingly-out-of-the-way locations.
-->'''Dumpy file clerk lady''': "You again? Why do you keep bugging me?"
-->'''April''': "Because I'm an evil bitch who enjoys making life miserable for people with menial jobs."
10th Oct '16 12:48:02 PM eroock
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* In ''VideoGame/KathyRain'', Kathy have to use her stun gun on a befriended character to distract a nurse. She feels pretty bad about it afterwards.
9th Oct '16 6:17:27 PM eroock
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->''You know immediately that you are engaged in something like evil, if not evil itself, but our appetites as players demand that we seek objectives and conquer them - and the game scourges us for this dereliction of conscience.''

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->''You ->''"You know immediately that you are engaged in something like evil, if not evil itself, but our appetites as players demand that we seek objectives and conquer them - and the game scourges us for this dereliction of conscience.''"''
20th Aug '16 10:15:03 PM Timjames98
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* Likewise in ''VideoGame/TotalWarAttila'', the tutorial actually FORCES you to sack the first enemy settlement you capture. Unlike in the rest of the game, peacefully occupying isn't an option.
8th Jul '16 7:26:42 PM Doug86
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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Shadow Dragon]]'', in a mild variation, forces the player to sacrifice one of their early-game characters in its Normal Mode tutorial chapters. There are other ways around that, but they involve even more characters dying in a game where death is permanent and useful characters are a very valuable resource. Most players just throw CrutchCharacter Jagen to the wolves.

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem: ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Shadow Dragon]]'', in a mild variation, forces the player to sacrifice one of their early-game characters in its Normal Mode tutorial chapters. There are other ways around that, but they involve even more characters dying in a game where death is permanent and useful characters are a very valuable resource. Most players just throw CrutchCharacter Jagen to the wolves.
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