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http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/GrayMatterCover_4375.jpg Gray Matter is a point-and-click adventure game designed by the acclaimed Jane Jensen, most famous for her work on the VideoGame/GabrielKnight trilogy. After taking a wrong turn on her way to London, Samantha [[TomboyishName "Sam"]] Everett comes across an old mansion called [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Dread Hill House]], a lonesome building occupied by a reclusive and mysterious neurobiologist, Professor David Styles. With her motorcycle broken down and soaking wet, she poses as an Oxford student and responds to his request to hire an assistant for his researches. Soon afterwards, strange events start to unfold on the Oxford campus, forcing Sam to investigate, learning about David's past, his paranormal researches, other students and an obscure but prestigious magic club called The Daedalus Club that Sam wishes to join. ---- !!'''This game provides examples of''': * AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Angela is an Antivillain, who really comes out as a very unfortunate BlessedWithSuck individual who doesn't know the extent of her powers nor is able to tell anyone about it without coming off as crazy. Her father's death, Dr. Styles' rejection and her psychic powers just seemed to have taken a large toll on her.]] * AlphaBitch: What Helena seems to be at first. ** LovableAlphaBitch: She's much nicer that the one would expect. * {{Bishonen}}: Charles, described as "a statue of a Botticelli angel". * ChickMagnet: David. [[spoiler: Angela is pretty much obsessed with him and Sam is heavily implied to have feelings for him too.]] He even managed to charm a little girl, who was initially scared of his mask, with his juggling skills. Also Charles. * ClassClown: Harvey. * CloudCuckoolander: Aside from being quiet and quite detached from the rest of the world, Angela also muses about fairies a lot. [[spoiler: She also seems to speak of her abilities as "fairies" and how she can't control them.]] * ConsummateLiar: Sam. It bites her in the ass when David eventually finds out. * [[spoiler: DeadPersonImpersonation:]] [[spoiler: Angela impersonated David's deceased wife due to LoveMakesYouCrazy, with him actually believing she was a ghost trying to communicate with him. Only half true, as a ghost Laura did ''try'' to warn David of the ''imposter''.]] * [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Magicians have standards]]: Sam has no qualms about deceiving people with her magic tricks or taking some small things but she refuses to steal valuables since it's not what magicians do. * FormerlyFat: [[spoiler: Charles]] * HauntedHouse: Dread Hill House, apparently. * TheInsomniac: It is stated that David doesn't sleep much at night since the accident, and therefore [[NotAMorningPerson sleeps late during the day]]. * ISeeDeadPeople: David thinks so. ** In the game's ending after being found out, [[spoiler: Angela sees an apparition of her father's spirit floating in the air and tries to touch him, only to fall off a balcony.]] * KillItWithWater: [[spoiler: How Angela is rendered incapable of using her powers in the last part of the game.]] * LimitedWardrobe: Nobody ever changes their clothes, except for Sam in the last part of the game; and David, who wears a black overcoat when going outdoors. * LonelyPianoPiece: Appropriately named "David's Theme" which sometimes plays in the menu and while playing as him. * TheLostLenore: Laura, David's wife who died in a car crash. Most of his actions are about trying to keep a fresh memory of her and talk with her ghost whom he believes has stayed in the real world. On few occasions, she does drop vague hints about what may have happened... * TheMaze: The Daedalus Club. * [[spoiler: MagiciansAreWizards: Angela's father was a stage magician who really could perform magic]]. * MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: David, while a bit of a jerk and rather eccentric, is not evil or crazy as he is believed to be by many of the people at Oxford, but became a recluse because of his grief over losing his wife and his shame at his disfigurement. * MommasBoy: Charles. * MrFanservice: David, completely. A past leaning on BrokenBird, pining for [[TheLostLenore his wife]], JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and several [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scenes]] in his first chapter. And don't forget the shower scene later on in the game. * [[spoiler: MurderTheHypotenuse: Implied that Angela caused Styles' car accident out of jealousy.]] * OfCorsetsSexy: Helena. * {{Otaku}}: [[spoiler: Charles]], with video games, mangas and... a glowing [[SpaceInvaders Space]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome Invaders]] statue? * OurGhostsAreDifferent: Laura. * ParentalAbandonment: ** [[spoiler: Both of Sam's parents died in a car crash.]] ** [[spoiler: Angela's father died in a fire.]] * PerkyGoth: Sam, although she states at one point that she's an ex-Goth. * PlayingWithFire: [[spoiler: Angela, as a part of her psychic ability.]] * PowerIncontinence: [[spoiler: Angela, who seems to have been driven mad by it as well]]. * PsychicPowers: [[spoiler: Angela and her father, the StageMagician. The extent of these powers are never really explained nor seen to their full potential.]] * RealAfterAll: There really ''is'' something paranormal going on at Dread Hill House and around the Oxford campus. * ScareChord: Coupled up with the static cutscenes, they like to send shivers down your spine. * SceneryPorn: [[CaptainObvious The backgrounds]] of Oxford, David's house and many more. The Daedalus Club is pretty wacky too. * ScarsAreForever: The reason why David wears a glove and WhiteMaskOfDoom. * SelfMadeOrphan: Implied and possibly unintentional, but [[spoiler: Angela.]] -->[[spoiler: Angela: "I used to love fairies. But they hurt my daddy. They were very bad!"]] * ShrinkingViolet: Angela. * ShownTheirWork: It's Jane Jensen. There's bound to be at least some truth behind it. * ShoutOut: Many, such as: ** Literature/AliceInWonderland, the various riddles and even an Alice based shop. ** Literature/HarryPotter was also referenced in one of the riddles, leading Sam to the Christ Church where the Hogwart's Hall was replicated for the movie. ** In Timmons Park, there's a carved out name on one of the trees: [[Series/StargateSG1 O'Neill]] and the [[Franchise/StargateVerse Alpha Gate]] glyph. ** Some of the names and surnames that appear on plaques in Oxford hall: [[VideoGame/KingsQuest Roberta Williams]], Jane Jensen, TimCurry, [[VideoGame/GabrielKnight Grace Nakimura]]... * SixStudentClique: Most of them are actually students (bar Sam) and call themselves The Lambs' Club as a reference to all of them participating in Prof. Styles' experiments: ** The Head -- Sam ** The Muscle -- Charles (while considered attractive, he's very shy about it) ** The Quirk -- Angela ** The Pretty One -- Helena (crosses with The Wild One) ** The Smart One -- Malik ** The Wild One -- Harvey (crosses with The Quirk) * SpiritualSuccessor: Can be considered one to VideoGame/GabrielKnight. In the 3rd game you can find some information about ghosts, implying that the next game could've been about them. * SpoiledBrat: Helena. Though with the progress of the game she turns out to be a SpoiledSweet. * StageMagician: Sam wants to become one. Some puzzles can be only advanced by using her talent. To get into Daedalus Club, she first needs to prove her worth by solving their riddles. ** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mephistopheles]] also counts. ** [[spoiler: As was Angela's father, The Enigma.]] * StageNames: Magicians in general use stage names whenever they perform and seemingly avoid giving anyone their real name, such as the case with Mephistopheles. Sam also has one; Lady Byron. * StalkerWithACrush: [[spoiler: Angela.]] * StoppedClock: Strange and seemingly supernatural events happen around the Oxford University campus, and each time the clock stops at the time of the event. * StrappedToAnOperatingTable: The Lambs' Club, but willingly, especially those for an extra buck. Nothing bad really happens to them. * SuperStoicShopkeeper: Mephistopheles, the owner of a small magic shop The Black Wand. He's glad to help Sam, but he comes off as pretty aloof and creepy. [[spoiler: He's actually a nice guy too.]] * TallDarkAndHandsome: David. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Helena who called him "Doctor tall, dark and deadly". ** TallDarkAndSnarky: He's quite a DeadpanSnarker too. * TraumaInducedAmnesia: David doesn't remember much of the accident or the night before... until he's willingly hypnotized. * UpperClassTwit: Sam seems to be of the opinion that most rich people are this, and David calls her out on this at one point. * WhiteMaskOfDoom: David. It only covers one side of his burned face a la [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera The Phantom]]. Subverted since he isn't evil per say... just a JerkAss. * WomanInWhite: Laura [[spoiler: and Angela.]] * {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Angela. Not only she [[MurderTheHypotenuse caused Laura's death]] but she also [[DeadPersonImpersonation impersonated her]] in order to get close to David.]] * YouHaveToBelieveMe: [[spoiler: After the show that Sam prepares for The Daedalus Club, David confronts her and accuses her of setting up the events at Oxford, as much she tries to convince him that it wasn't her.]] ** Another example happens before the game: [[spoiler: Angela visits Dr. Styles before the accident, trying to convince him about her powers. He doesn't believe her since he thinks is a joke.]] * ZettaiRyouiki: Helena, looks like an A grade right there. ----
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http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/GrayMatterCover_4375.jpg Gray Matter is a point-and-click adventure game designed by the acclaimed Jane Jensen, most famous for her work on the VideoGame/GabrielKnight trilogy. After taking a wrong turn on her way to London, Samantha [[TomboyishName "Sam"]] Everett comes across an old mansion called [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Dread Hill House]], a lonesome building occupied by a reclusive and mysterious neurobiologist, Professor David Styles. With her motorcycle broken down and soaking wet, she poses as an Oxford student and responds to his request to hire an assistant for his researches. Soon afterwards, strange events start to unfold on the Oxford campus, forcing Sam to investigate, learning about David's past, his paranormal researches, other students and an obscure but prestigious magic club called The Daedalus Club that Sam wishes to join. ---- !!'''This game provides examples of''': * AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Angela is an Antivillain, who really comes out as a very unfortunate BlessedWithSuck individual who doesn't know the extent of her powers nor is able to tell anyone about it without coming off as crazy. Her father's death, Dr. Styles' rejection and her psychic powers just seemed to have taken a large toll on her.]] * AlphaBitch: What Helena seems to be at first. ** LovableAlphaBitch: She's much nicer that the one would expect. * {{Bishonen}}: Charles, described as "a statue of a Botticelli angel". * ChickMagnet: David. [[spoiler: Angela is pretty much obsessed with him and Sam is heavily implied to have feelings for him too.]] He even managed to charm a little girl, who was initially scared of his mask, with his juggling skills. Also Charles. * ClassClown: Harvey. * CloudCuckoolander: Aside from being quiet and quite detached from the rest of the world, Angela also muses about fairies a lot. [[spoiler: She also seems to speak of her abilities as "fairies" and how she can't control them.]] * ConsummateLiar: Sam. It bites her in the ass when David eventually finds out. * [[spoiler: DeadPersonImpersonation:]] [[spoiler: Angela impersonated David's deceased wife due to LoveMakesYouCrazy, with him actually believing she was a ghost trying to communicate with him. Only half true, as a ghost Laura did ''try'' to warn David of the ''imposter''.]] * [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Magicians have standards]]: Sam has no qualms about deceiving people with her magic tricks or taking some small things but she refuses to steal valuables since it's not what magicians do. * FormerlyFat: [[spoiler: Charles]] * HauntedHouse: Dread Hill House, apparently. * TheInsomniac: It is stated that David doesn't sleep much at night since the accident, and therefore [[NotAMorningPerson sleeps late during the day]]. * ISeeDeadPeople: David thinks so. ** In the game's ending after being found out, [[spoiler: Angela sees an apparition of her father's spirit floating in the air and tries to touch him, only to fall off a balcony.]] * KillItWithWater: [[spoiler: How Angela is rendered incapable of using her powers in the last part of the game.]] * LimitedWardrobe: Nobody ever changes their clothes, except for Sam in the last part of the game; and David, who wears a black overcoat when going outdoors. * LonelyPianoPiece: Appropriately named "David's Theme" which sometimes plays in the menu and while playing as him. * TheLostLenore: Laura, David's wife who died in a car crash. Most of his actions are about trying to keep a fresh memory of her and talk with her ghost whom he believes has stayed in the real world. On few occasions, she does drop vague hints about what may have happened... * TheMaze: The Daedalus Club. * [[spoiler: MagiciansAreWizards: Angela's father was a stage magician who really could perform magic]]. * MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: David, while a bit of a jerk and rather eccentric, is not evil or crazy as he is believed to be by many of the people at Oxford, but became a recluse because of his grief over losing his wife and his shame at his disfigurement. * MommasBoy: Charles. * MrFanservice: David, completely. A past leaning on BrokenBird, pining for [[TheLostLenore his wife]], JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and several [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scenes]] in his first chapter. And don't forget the shower scene later on in the game. * [[spoiler: MurderTheHypotenuse: Implied that Angela caused Styles' car accident out of jealousy.]] * OfCorsetsSexy: Helena. * {{Otaku}}: [[spoiler: Charles]], with video games, mangas and... a glowing [[SpaceInvaders Space]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome Invaders]] statue? * OurGhostsAreDifferent: Laura. * ParentalAbandonment: ** [[spoiler: Both of Sam's parents died in a car crash.]] ** [[spoiler: Angela's father died in a fire.]] * PerkyGoth: Sam, although she states at one point that she's an ex-Goth. * PlayingWithFire: [[spoiler: Angela, as a part of her psychic ability.]] * PowerIncontinence: [[spoiler: Angela, who seems to have been driven mad by it as well]]. * PsychicPowers: [[spoiler: Angela and her father, the StageMagician. The extent of these powers are never really explained nor seen to their full potential.]] * RealAfterAll: There really ''is'' something paranormal going on at Dread Hill House and around the Oxford campus. * ScareChord: Coupled up with the static cutscenes, they like to send shivers down your spine. * SceneryPorn: [[CaptainObvious The backgrounds]] of Oxford, David's house and many more. The Daedalus Club is pretty wacky too. * ScarsAreForever: The reason why David wears a glove and WhiteMaskOfDoom. * SelfMadeOrphan: Implied and possibly unintentional, but [[spoiler: Angela.]] -->[[spoiler: Angela: "I used to love fairies. But they hurt my daddy. They were very bad!"]] * ShrinkingViolet: Angela. * ShownTheirWork: It's Jane Jensen. There's bound to be at least some truth behind it. * ShoutOut: Many, such as: ** Literature/AliceInWonderland, the various riddles and even an Alice based shop. ** Literature/HarryPotter was also referenced in one of the riddles, leading Sam to the Christ Church where the Hogwart's Hall was replicated for the movie. ** In Timmons Park, there's a carved out name on one of the trees: [[Series/StargateSG1 O'Neill]] and the [[Franchise/StargateVerse Alpha Gate]] glyph. ** Some of the names and surnames that appear on plaques in Oxford hall: [[VideoGame/KingsQuest Roberta Williams]], Jane Jensen, TimCurry, [[VideoGame/GabrielKnight Grace Nakimura]]... * SixStudentClique: Most of them are actually students (bar Sam) and call themselves The Lambs' Club as a reference to all of them participating in Prof. Styles' experiments: ** The Head -- Sam ** The Muscle -- Charles (while considered attractive, he's very shy about it) ** The Quirk -- Angela ** The Pretty One -- Helena (crosses with The Wild One) ** The Smart One -- Malik ** The Wild One -- Harvey (crosses with The Quirk) * SpiritualSuccessor: Can be considered one to VideoGame/GabrielKnight. In the 3rd game you can find some information about ghosts, implying that the next game could've been about them. * SpoiledBrat: Helena. Though with the progress of the game she turns out to be a SpoiledSweet. * StageMagician: Sam wants to become one. Some puzzles can be only advanced by using her talent. To get into Daedalus Club, she first needs to prove her worth by solving their riddles. ** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mephistopheles]] also counts. ** [[spoiler: As was Angela's father, The Enigma.]] * StageNames: Magicians in general use stage names whenever they perform and seemingly avoid giving anyone their real name, such as the case with Mephistopheles. Sam also has one; Lady Byron. * StalkerWithACrush: [[spoiler: Angela.]] * StoppedClock: Strange and seemingly supernatural events happen around the Oxford University campus, and each time the clock stops at the time of the event. * StrappedToAnOperatingTable: The Lambs' Club, but willingly, especially those for an extra buck. Nothing bad really happens to them. * SuperStoicShopkeeper: Mephistopheles, the owner of a small magic shop The Black Wand. He's glad to help Sam, but he comes off as pretty aloof and creepy. [[spoiler: He's actually a nice guy too.]] * TallDarkAndHandsome: David. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Helena who called him "Doctor tall, dark and deadly". ** TallDarkAndSnarky: He's quite a DeadpanSnarker too. * TraumaInducedAmnesia: David doesn't remember much of the accident or the night before... until he's willingly hypnotized. * UpperClassTwit: Sam seems to be of the opinion that most rich people are this, and David calls her out on this at one point. * WhiteMaskOfDoom: David. It only covers one side of his burned face a la [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera The Phantom]]. Subverted since he isn't evil per say... just a JerkAss. * WomanInWhite: Laura [[spoiler: and Angela.]] * {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Angela. Not only she [[MurderTheHypotenuse caused Laura's death]] but she also [[DeadPersonImpersonation impersonated her]] in order to get close to David.]] * YouHaveToBelieveMe: [[spoiler: After the show that Sam prepares for The Daedalus Club, David confronts her and accuses her of setting up the events at Oxford, as much she tries to convince him that it wasn't her.]] ** Another example happens before the game: [[spoiler: Angela visits Dr. Styles before the accident, trying to convince him about her powers. He doesn't believe her since he thinks is a joke.]] * ZettaiRyouiki: Helena, looks like an A grade right there. ----[[redirect:VideoGame/GrayMatter]]
10th Nov '13 8:19:32 PM MacronNotes
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Strange Girl is a disambiguation now, so it's not a trope anymore.
* StrangeGirl: Angela
2nd Oct '13 11:07:22 PM nombretomado
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** In Timmons Park, there's a carved out name on one of the trees: [[StarGate O'Neill]] and the [[StarGate Alpha Gate]] glyph.
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** In Timmons Park, there's a carved out name on one of the trees: [[StarGate [[Series/StargateSG1 O'Neill]] and the [[StarGate [[Franchise/StargateVerse Alpha Gate]] glyph.
16th Jan '13 9:15:46 AM RJSavoy
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Alas, Poor Villain is no longer YMMV.
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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Angela is an Antivillain, who really comes out as a very unfortunate BlessedWithSuck individual who doesn't know the extent of her powers nor is able to tell anyone about it without coming off as crazy. Her father's death, Dr. Styles' rejection and her psychic powers just seemed to have taken a large toll on her.]]
13th Jan '13 9:12:02 AM ZenithL
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* LimitedWardrobe: Nobody ever changes their clothes, except for Sam in the last part of the game.
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* LimitedWardrobe: Nobody ever changes their clothes, except for Sam in the last part of the game.game; and David, who wears a black overcoat when going outdoors.
5th Jan '13 3:03:28 PM Nayame
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* ConsummateLiar: Sam. It bites her in the ass when David eventually finds out.

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* TallDarkAndHandsome: David. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Helena who called him "Doctor tall, dark and deadly". ** TallDarkAndSnarky: He's quite a DeadpanSnarker too.
5th Jan '13 7:32:51 AM Nayame
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* Chick Magnet: David. [[spoiler: Angela is pretty much obsessed with him and Sam is heavily implied to have feelings for him too.]] Also Charles.
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* Chick Magnet: ChickMagnet: David. [[spoiler: Angela is pretty much obsessed with him and Sam is heavily implied to have feelings for him too.]] He even managed to charm a little girl, who was initially scared of his mask, with his juggling skills. Also Charles.

* [[spoiler: DeadPersonImpersonation:]] [[spoiler: Angela impersonated David's deceased wife due to LoveMakesYouCrazy, with him actually believing she was a ghost trying to communicate with him. Only half true, as a ghost Laura did ''try'' to warn David of the ''imposter''.]]
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* [[spoiler: DeadPersonImpersonation:]] [[spoiler: Angela impersonated David's deceased wife due to LoveMakesYouCrazy, with him actually believing she was a ghost trying to communicate with him. Only half true, as a ghost Laura did ''try'' to warn David of the ''imposter''.]] ]] * [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Magicians have standards]]: Sam has no qualms about deceiving people with her magic tricks or taking some small things but she refuses to steal valuables since it's not what magicians do. * FormerlyFat: [[spoiler: Charles]]
5th Jan '13 6:55:33 AM Nayame
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* AlphaBitch: Helena.
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* AlphaBitch: Helena.What Helena seems to be at first. ** LovableAlphaBitch: She's much nicer that the one would expect.

* AlphaBitch: Helena.Chick Magnet: David. [[spoiler: Angela is pretty much obsessed with him and Sam is heavily implied to have feelings for him too.]] Also Charles.

* MrFanservice: David, completely. A past leaning on BrokenBird, pining for [[TheLostLenore his wife]], JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and several [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scenes]] in his first chapter. And don't forget the shower scene later on in the game.

* MrFanservice: David, completely. A past leaning on BrokenBird, pining for [[TheLostLenore his wife]], JerkWithAHeartOfGold, and several [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scenes]] in his first chapter. And don't forget the shower scene later on in the game.

* MrFanservice: David, completely. A past leaning on BrokenBird, pining for [[TheLostLenore his wife]], JerkWithAHeartOfGold, ScarsAreForever: The reason why David wears a glove and several [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scenes]] in his first chapter. And don't forget the shower scene later on in the game.WhiteMaskOfDoom.

* SpoiledBrat: Helena.
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* SpoiledBrat: Helena. Though with the progress of the game she turns out to be a SpoiledSweet.

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* SpoiledBrat: Helena.StrangeGirl: Angela

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* SpoiledBrat: Helena.{{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Angela. Not only she [[MurderTheHypotenuse caused Laura's death]] but she also [[DeadPersonImpersonation impersonated her]] in order to get close to David.]]
9th Aug '12 3:25:37 AM Antwan
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** Some of the names and surnames that appear on plaques in Oxford hall: [[KingsQuest Roberta Williams]], Jane Jensen, TimCurry, [[VideoGame/GabrielKnight Grace Nakimura]]...
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** Some of the names and surnames that appear on plaques in Oxford hall: [[KingsQuest [[VideoGame/KingsQuest Roberta Williams]], Jane Jensen, TimCurry, [[VideoGame/GabrielKnight Grace Nakimura]]...

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24th Jul '12 7:52:37 AM Nohbody
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* {{Otaku}}: [[spoiler: Charles]], with video games, mangas and... a glowing [[SpaceInvaders Space]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome Invaders]] statue?
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* {{Otaku}}: [[spoiler: Charles]], with video games, mangas and... a glowing [[SpaceInvaders Space]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome [[MundaneMadeAwesome Invaders]] statue?

* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler: Both of Sam's parents died in a car crash.]]
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* ParentalAbandonment: ParentalAbandonment: ** [[spoiler: Both of Sam's parents died in a car crash.]]
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