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7th Nov '16 8:37:40 AM ImpudentInfidel
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*** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': also has the assignments where the Normandy's mess officer asks you to do his grocery shopping and the engineers ask you to obtain an engine part. Although both [[LampshadeHanging point out that it's a ridiculous thing to ask of his commanding officer only for Shepard to volunteer anyway.]] [[FridgeBrilliance But then, Commander Shepard would have a personal interest in insuring that the mess hall where they eat has decent food.]]

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*** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': also has the assignments where the Normandy's mess officer asks you to do his grocery shopping and the engineers ask you to obtain an engine part. Although both [[LampshadeHanging point out that it's a ridiculous thing to ask of his commanding officer only for Shepard to volunteer anyway.]] [[FridgeBrilliance But then, Commander Shepard would have a personal interest in insuring that the mess hall where they eat has decent food.]]]] It's not completely ridiculous in either case; the food is luxury ingredients too expensive to get on the kitchen's normal budget, while the engine part is a rare out-of-production piece that Shepard randomly comes across at a scrap dealer.
16th May '16 5:31:10 PM supergod
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** ''Videogame/BaldursGate 2'' is much better about it: the sidequests are ''just'' as irrelevant, but you either a) have a personal stake, b) make it clear that you're looking for a large sum of cash for a personal quest, or c) given to you ''because'' you're an ass-kicking demi-god. Throne of Bhaal is also significant in that there are ''no'' irrelevant sidequests ''per se'': some seem that way, but end up being relevant later.

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** * ''Videogame/BaldursGate 2'' is much better about it: the sidequests are ''just'' as irrelevant, but you either a) have a personal stake, b) can make it clear that you're looking for a large sum of cash for a personal quest, or c) given to you ''because'' you're an ass-kicking demi-god. Throne of Bhaal is also significant in that there are ''no'' irrelevant sidequests ''per se'': some seem that way, but end up being relevant later.
3rd Mar '16 10:28:32 AM Kazmahu
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* Justified in ''VideoGame/FantasyLife''. You'll almost inevitably be a jack of all trades (and end up a master of them all), and there's a two-in-three chance that you'll be specialized in a industrial Life (read: profession) such as miner or tailer, so the busy-work requests make perfect sense.
* Justified in ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX''. BLADE is explicitly a combination of armed forces, police force, and every public service there is. The Mediators might specialize in keeping the peace in NLA, but every BLADE is expected to at least consider every job that needs doing, from mudane coffee machine repair through to Tyrant hunting.
11th Dec '15 2:01:01 AM jormis29
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** ''College Humor'' parodied this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbUqEPUZ-ds in one video]].

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** ''College Humor'' ''Website/CollegeHumor'' parodied this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbUqEPUZ-ds in one video]].
30th Nov '15 11:00:19 PM Mhazard
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Everyone, but everyone, whom you meet in the game has some kind of task they want you to perform. Very often this has nothing to do with your official job; you may have gained fame as a slayer of monsters and bandits, yet people will be asking you to sort out their marital disputes or fix machinery. It's not quite the same thing as DudeWheresMyRespect, as they may well have a healthy respect for you - in fact, that's often why they've sought you out in the first place. If you're lucky you'll receive a rare item or a monetary reward, but sometimes all you get is a warm fuzzy feeling and [[KarmaMeter karma points]]. In some cases, TreacherousQuestGiver would deliberately mislead you to do some Irrelevant Sidequests for him only to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness betray you later]].

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Everyone, but everyone, whom you meet in the game has some kind of task [[QuestGiver they want you to perform.perform]]. Very often this has nothing to do with your official job; you may have gained fame as a slayer of monsters and bandits, yet people will be asking you to sort out their marital disputes or fix machinery. It's not quite the same thing as DudeWheresMyRespect, as they may well have a healthy respect for you - in fact, that's often why they've sought you out in the first place. If you're lucky you'll receive a rare item or a monetary reward, but sometimes all you get is a warm fuzzy feeling and [[KarmaMeter karma points]]. In some cases, TreacherousQuestGiver would deliberately mislead you to do some Irrelevant Sidequests for him only to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness betray you later]].
30th Nov '15 10:59:43 PM Mhazard
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Everyone, but everyone, whom you meet in the game has some kind of task they want you to perform. Very often this has nothing to do with your official job; you may have gained fame as a slayer of monsters and bandits, yet people will be asking you to sort out their marital disputes or fix machinery. It's not quite the same thing as DudeWheresMyRespect, as they may well have a healthy respect for you - in fact, that's often why they've sought you out in the first place. If you're lucky you'll receive a rare item or a monetary reward, but sometimes all you get is a warm fuzzy feeling and [[KarmaMeter karma points]].

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Everyone, but everyone, whom you meet in the game has some kind of task they want you to perform. Very often this has nothing to do with your official job; you may have gained fame as a slayer of monsters and bandits, yet people will be asking you to sort out their marital disputes or fix machinery. It's not quite the same thing as DudeWheresMyRespect, as they may well have a healthy respect for you - in fact, that's often why they've sought you out in the first place. If you're lucky you'll receive a rare item or a monetary reward, but sometimes all you get is a warm fuzzy feeling and [[KarmaMeter karma points]].
points]]. In some cases, TreacherousQuestGiver would deliberately mislead you to do some Irrelevant Sidequests for him only to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness betray you later]].



In some cases, TreacherousQuestGiver would deliberately mislead you to do some Irrelevant Sidequests for him only to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness betray you later]].
30th Nov '15 10:59:12 PM Mhazard
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In some cases, TreacherousQuestGiver would deliberately mislead you to do some Irrelevant Sidequests for him only to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness betray you later]].
12th Sep '15 10:32:10 AM PurpleAlert
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** Averted in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', where the sidequests are all either completely relevant to the plot or to Chaz and Alys' status as professional monster hunters. Even the ones that don't actually have an impact on the plot come about ''because of'' the plot, or are found by the player taking the party around doing things of their own accord, like exploring alternate routes around the maps or [[ItMakesSenseInContext renting a walkalong giant penguin and barging in on people's homes.]]

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** * Averted in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', where the sidequests are all either completely relevant to the plot or to Chaz and Alys' status as professional monster hunters. Even the ones that don't actually have an impact on the plot come about ''because of'' the plot, or are found by the player taking the party around doing things of their own accord, like exploring alternate routes around the maps or [[ItMakesSenseInContext renting a walkalong giant penguin and barging in on people's homes.]]
12th Sep '15 1:46:37 AM PurpleAlert
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** Averted in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', where the sidequests are all either completely relevant to the plot or to Chaz and Alys' status as professional monster hunters. Even the ones that don't actually have an impact on the plot come about ''because of'' the plot, or are found by the player taking the party around doing things of their own accord, like exploring alternate routes around the maps or [[ItMakesSenseInContext renting a walkalong giant penguin and barging in on people's homes.]]
17th Jun '15 9:13:50 AM Prfnoff
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* ''ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' has a number of these in every major settlement, particularly in Tarant where you can do bill-collecting for the local brothel, wade through the sewers to recover a lost wedding ring, run numerous errands with no twists or ambushes involved at all, or settle a quarrel between rivaling mediums. It's an excellent source of early XP for non-combat focused characters.

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* ''ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'' has a number of these in every major settlement, particularly in Tarant where you can do bill-collecting for the local brothel, wade through the sewers to recover a lost wedding ring, run numerous errands with no twists or ambushes involved at all, or settle a quarrel between rivaling mediums. It's an excellent source of early XP for non-combat focused characters.



* In ''{{Okami}}'', you can end up helping an old lady with her laundry, getting ingredients for a restaurant (twice!), racing messengers, taking vases as offerings to shrines, feeding kittens, and what-have-you. And you're playing as ''god''. Heck, the plot ''requires'' you to do some of the odder ones, like helping clueless people fish with no line and having a turnip-digging contest with a kid's pet dog. Vaguely justified in that you need to re-earn the people's faith, but still, you'd think that there would be better ways to do it.

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* In ''{{Okami}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', you can end up helping an old lady with her laundry, getting ingredients for a restaurant (twice!), racing messengers, taking vases as offerings to shrines, feeding kittens, and what-have-you. And you're playing as ''god''. Heck, the plot ''requires'' you to do some of the odder ones, like helping clueless people fish with no line and having a turnip-digging contest with a kid's pet dog. Vaguely justified in that you need to re-earn the people's faith, but still, you'd think that there would be better ways to do it.
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