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25th Jun '17 7:31:53 PM CountDorku
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--->'''[[WebVideoOutsideXbox Jane Douglas:]]''' That's the story, but to be honest, playing a ''Just Cause'' game for the story is like getting attached to anything destructible on the island of [[VideoGame/JustCause3 Medici]] - that is to say, a total waste of time.

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--->'''[[WebVideoOutsideXbox --->'''[[WebVideo/OutsideXbox Jane Douglas:]]''' That's the story, but to be honest, playing a ''Just Cause'' game for the story is like getting attached to anything destructible on the island of [[VideoGame/JustCause3 Medici]] - that is to say, a total waste of time.
25th Jun '17 7:31:13 PM CountDorku
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* ''VideoGame/JustCause''. Your theoretical goal of "overthrow [thinly-veiled parallel to a real-world dictator]" mostly exists to put you in a small nation and give you free rein to blow up basically everything with whichever new toys the game has seen fit to provide you with.
--->'''[[WebVideoOutsideXbox Jane Douglas:]]''' That's the story, but to be honest, playing a ''Just Cause'' game for the story is like getting attached to anything destructible on the island of [[VideoGame/JustCause3 Medici]] - that is to say, a total waste of time.
20th Jun '17 7:05:07 PM Tylerbear12
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** Are you a bad enough plumber to save [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle our princess in another castle]]? started to get averted in later games, though, when the Mario series started to make [[VideoGame/PaperMario witty caricatures of themselves]]. before being played completely straight again starting with the ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros series (Though some titles like the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series still make fun of the plot device every now and then.)

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** Are you a bad enough plumber to save [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle our princess in another castle]]? started to get averted in later games, though, when the Mario series started to make [[VideoGame/PaperMario witty caricatures of themselves]]. before being played completely straight again starting with the ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' series (Though some titles like the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series still make fun of the plot device every now and then.)
20th Jun '17 7:04:10 PM Tylerbear12
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** Are you a bad enough plumber to save [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle our princess in another castle]]? Increasingly averted in later games, though, when the Mario series started to make [[VideoGame/PaperMario witty caricatures of themselves]].

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** Are you a bad enough plumber to save [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle our princess in another castle]]? Increasingly started to get averted in later games, though, when the Mario series started to make [[VideoGame/PaperMario witty caricatures of themselves]].themselves]]. before being played completely straight again starting with the ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros series (Though some titles like the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series still make fun of the plot device every now and then.)
10th Jun '17 12:14:03 PM MinisterOfSinister
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** Played straight in the backstory of [[VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} the sequel's]] [[LevelEditor Perpetual Testing Initiative]] DLC. It goes like this: Aperture Science is almost bankrupt, so Cave Johnson hatches a plan to run a scam spanning TheMultiverse -- send the plans for new test chambers to alternate versions of Aperture on other Earths, each ruled over/managed by an alternate Cave Johnson, get them to construct the test chambers and have them stolen back to Earth Prime. The player is in the role of designer and tester, designing the blueprints for new chambers and running through those that already exist.
8th Jun '17 1:49:03 AM DrFraud
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* ''Film/JohnWick'' has a plot that essentially amounts to "Retired assassin wife gets him a dog and dies, members of the mafia kill it, he goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge." The film does take it surprisingly seriously for something so ridiculous, including him going on a rant about how the dog was something to share his grief with. [[NarmCharm It works better than it should,]] but ultimately it's still just an excuse for KeanuReeves to go and murder everyone.

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* ''Film/JohnWick'' has a plot that essentially amounts to "Retired assassin assassin's wife gets him a dog and dies, members of the mafia kill it, he goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge." The film does take it surprisingly seriously for something so ridiculous, including him going on a rant about how the dog was something to share his grief with. [[NarmCharm It works better than it should,]] but ultimately it's still just an excuse for KeanuReeves to go and murder everyone.



* In ''Zombie Solitaire'' a bad tofu burger started a zombie epidemic and now you need to play solitaire in order to get away from them. Or something.

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* In ''Zombie Solitaire'' a bad tofu burger started a zombie epidemic ZombieApocalypse and now you need to play solitaire in order to get away from them. Or something.



* ''VideoGame/MagicalChase'' plot basically centers around a CuteWitch who accidentally set free a bunch of devils from a forbidden tome, and she must seal them back or else her teacher will turn her into a frog.

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* ''VideoGame/MagicalChase'' ''VideoGame/MagicalChase'''s plot basically centers around a CuteWitch who accidentally set free a bunch of devils from a forbidden tome, and she must seal them back or else her teacher will turn her into a frog.



* The ''VideoGame/MentalSeries'' has this as the premise for all of its games. You're in a mental hospital/city being hunted/the woods/a circus/a bigger city being hunted! Get out of there!

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* The ''VideoGame/MentalSeries'' has this as the premise for all of its games. You're in a mental hospital/city being hunted/the hospital/city/the woods/a circus/a bigger city being hunted! Get out of there!



* In ''Penguins' Journey'', you need to guide a bunch of escaping penguins from a "penguin farm" in the jungle to their original home in the icy wastes by building bridges with different-shaped tiles.

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* In ''Penguins' Journey'', Journey'' you need to guide a bunch of escaping penguins from a "penguin farm" in the jungle to their original home in the icy wastes by building bridges with different-shaped tiles.



* The UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} ShootEmUp ''Banshee'' has a very tongue-and-cheek take on the clichéd scenario of Earth facing an AlienInvasion in the year 1999. The introductory text explains that this Earth belongs to AlternateUniverse without color television, and that the Styx [[YouKilledMyFather killed our hero's father]] "for refusing to invent the microwave oven."

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* The UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} ShootEmUp ''Banshee'' has a very tongue-and-cheek take on the clichéd scenario of Earth facing an AlienInvasion in the year 1999. The introductory text explains that this Earth belongs to an AlternateUniverse without color television, and that the Styx [[YouKilledMyFather killed our hero's father]] "for refusing to invent the microwave oven."


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* In ''The Rosebud Condominium'' "The Boss" wants you to build the tallest tower in the world. Why? Who cares when it's just an excuse to search multiple floors for hidden objects.
29th May '17 3:35:00 PM ading
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* ''WebVideo/HalfInTheBag'': Many episodes have some kind of plot, but they are almost always just excuses to have characters other than Mike and Jay discuss the movie in question. They usually end up [[StatusQuoIsGod getting resolved in the last minute or so in a way that leaves the status quo intact]].
29th May '17 11:55:20 AM nombretomado
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* ''WarriorsOrochi''. The snake god Orochi has brought the warriors of Three-Kingdoms-era China and Sengoku-period Japan together in the same universe to challenge him. Sure, whatever - all we care about is getting to have the Dynasty and Samurai Warriors together at once.

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* ''WarriorsOrochi''.''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi''. The snake god Orochi has brought the warriors of Three-Kingdoms-era China and Sengoku-period Japan together in the same universe to challenge him. Sure, whatever - all we care about is getting to have the Dynasty and Samurai Warriors together at once.
25th May '17 12:50:28 PM Mullon
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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has a setup involving a guy getting sent into space and being used as a guinea pig in a space station with some robots where the watch bad movies in an effort to drive him insane that's really just an excuse to have a guy and two puppets riff on bad movies. Any FridgeLogic regarding the setup or the science behind the concept is [[MST3KMantra actively discouraged]].
19th May '17 1:25:25 PM HawkbitAlpha
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An Excuse Plot is, in the simplest terms, a plot that is clearly there merely as a justification for the gameplay, or other form of flashy, show-offy-ness, to happen. In short, the story serves the needs of the gameplay, nothing more. It makes no pretense of intrinsic value, but simply provides some banter so you understand [[VideoGame/NintendoWars why the purple and non-purple units are shooting at each other]].

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An Excuse Plot is, in the simplest terms, a plot that is clearly there merely as a justification for the gameplay, or other form of flashy, show-offy-ness, [[BuffySpeak show-offy-ness]], to happen. In short, the story serves the needs of the gameplay, nothing more. It makes no pretense of intrinsic value, but simply provides some banter so you understand [[VideoGame/NintendoWars why the purple and non-purple units are shooting at each other]].
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