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12th Sep '15 10:20:21 PM Adept
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* TheSims2's later expansion packs used "Simlish" on signs and stuff.

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* TheSims2's ''VideoGame/TheSims2'''s later expansion packs used "Simlish" on signs and stuff.
1st Jul '15 4:15:27 PM nombretomado
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* Cylons in the re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' had this. Most of the computer screens in Baseships consisted of pseudo-Chinese glyphs [[MatrixRainingCode flowing rapidly]]. Cylons, obviously, seemed to have no problem reading them.

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* Cylons in the re-imagined ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' had this. Most of the computer screens in Baseships consisted of pseudo-Chinese glyphs [[MatrixRainingCode flowing rapidly]]. Cylons, obviously, seemed to have no problem reading them.
25th Jun '15 5:58:46 PM nombretomado
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* K.I.T.T. from ''KnightRider'' had a bad habit of scrolling thousands of lines of BASIC code through too fast to read whenever analyzing something.

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* K.I.T.T. from ''KnightRider'' ''Series/KnightRider'' had a bad habit of scrolling thousands of lines of BASIC code through too fast to read whenever analyzing something.
30th Apr '15 4:49:34 PM Morgenthaler
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** Occurs often in Series/StargateAtlantis as well, predictably. In both shows, this is usually justified by the display being in an alien language (Ancient, Goa'uld, Wraith, Asgard) that the good guys have conveniently learned to read.

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** * Occurs often in Series/StargateAtlantis ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' as well, predictably. In both shows, this is usually justified by the display being in an alien language (Ancient, Goa'uld, Wraith, Asgard) that the good guys have conveniently learned to read.
30th Apr '15 4:49:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* T-800 from the first ''{{Terminator}}'' film did this with assembly code pulled from a hobbyist magazine.

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* T-800 from the first ''{{Terminator}}'' ''Film/TheTerminator'' film did this with assembly code pulled from a hobbyist magazine.
14th Jan '15 6:06:03 PM OmegaMetroid
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' shows this one in nearly all alien technology. Crew members repair or disable ships by screwing around with luminous gems, alien weapons such as hand devices may not even have an interface as we understand it. The stargate itself, at least, is a model of clarity; an astute viewer can even read off the gate codes[[note]]At least on Earth, this is {{Justified}} by the USAF having to rig a custom interface because they couldn't find the actual interface, so naturally they made something human-friendly.[[/note]]. Alien [[WeaponOfMassDestruction super weapons]] tend to overwhelmingly consist of moving rocks. Strangely, all U.S. military weapons and equipment follow ViewerFriendlyInterface criteria, to the point where using the Earth stargate or firing a missile from a converted alien jet involve a nice graphical program with animations.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' shows this one in nearly all alien technology. Crew members repair or disable ships by screwing around with luminous gems, alien weapons such as hand devices may not even have an interface as we understand it. The stargate itself, at least, is a model of clarity; an astute viewer can even read off the gate codes[[note]]At least on Earth, this is {{Justified}} by the USAF having to rig a custom interface because they couldn't find the actual interface, so naturally they made something human-friendly.a human-friendly makeshift one.[[/note]]. Alien [[WeaponOfMassDestruction super weapons]] tend to overwhelmingly consist of moving rocks. Strangely, all U.S. military weapons and equipment follow ViewerFriendlyInterface criteria, to the point where using the Earth stargate or firing a missile from a converted alien jet involve a nice graphical program with animations.
14th Jan '15 6:05:13 PM OmegaMetroid
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' shows this one in nearly all alien technology. Crew members repair or disable ships by screwing around with luminous gems, alien weapons such as hand devices may not even have an interface as we understand it. The stargate itself, at least, is a model of clarity; an astute viewer can even read off the gate codes. Alien [[WeaponOfMassDestruction super weapons]] tend to overwhelmingly consist of moving rocks. Strangely, all U.S. military weapons and equipment follow ViewerFriendlyInterface criteria, to the point where using the Earth stargate or firing a missile from a converted alien jet involve a nice graphical program with animations.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' shows this one in nearly all alien technology. Crew members repair or disable ships by screwing around with luminous gems, alien weapons such as hand devices may not even have an interface as we understand it. The stargate itself, at least, is a model of clarity; an astute viewer can even read off the gate codes.codes[[note]]At least on Earth, this is {{Justified}} by the USAF having to rig a custom interface because they couldn't find the actual interface, so naturally they made something human-friendly.[[/note]]. Alien [[WeaponOfMassDestruction super weapons]] tend to overwhelmingly consist of moving rocks. Strangely, all U.S. military weapons and equipment follow ViewerFriendlyInterface criteria, to the point where using the Earth stargate or firing a missile from a converted alien jet involve a nice graphical program with animations.
28th Sep '14 5:32:25 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* This is parodied in the StarWars ''[[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing]]'' novels. Verpines, insectoid aliens, use base six mathematics rather than the base ten used by humans. There have been instances where Verpine technicians inadvertently "fix" X-wing controls to work on base six math, much to the annoyance of the human pilots. Even worse, they occasionally forget that other species don't have microscopic vision and can't see UV light, and so re-jig the instrument displays to be 'more efficient'.

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* This is parodied in the StarWars ''[[Literature/XWingSeries ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries X-Wing]]'' novels. Verpines, insectoid aliens, use base six mathematics rather than the base ten used by humans. There have been instances where Verpine technicians inadvertently "fix" X-wing controls to work on base six math, much to the annoyance of the human pilots. Even worse, they occasionally forget that other species don't have microscopic vision and can't see UV light, and so re-jig the instrument displays to be 'more efficient'.
28th Sep '14 5:31:18 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* This is parodied in the StarWars ''{{X-wing}}'' novels. Verpines, insectoid aliens, use base six mathematics rather than the base ten used by humans. There have been instances where Verpine technicians inadvertently "fix" X-wing controls to work on base six math, much to the annoyance of the human pilots. Even worse, they occasionally forget that other species don't have microscopic vision and can't see UV light, and so re-jig the instrument displays to be 'more efficient'.

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* This is parodied in the StarWars ''{{X-wing}}'' ''[[Literature/XWingSeries X-Wing]]'' novels. Verpines, insectoid aliens, use base six mathematics rather than the base ten used by humans. There have been instances where Verpine technicians inadvertently "fix" X-wing controls to work on base six math, much to the annoyance of the human pilots. Even worse, they occasionally forget that other species don't have microscopic vision and can't see UV light, and so re-jig the instrument displays to be 'more efficient'.
30th Sep '13 12:25:54 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{Stargate SG-1}}'' shows this one in nearly all alien technology. Crew members repair or disable ships by screwing around with luminous gems, alien weapons such as hand devices may not even have an interface as we understand it. The stargate itself, at least, is a model of clarity; an astute viewer can even read off the gate codes. Alien [[WeaponOfMassDestruction super weapons]] tend to overwhelmingly consist of moving rocks. Strangely, all U.S. military weapons and equipment follow ViewerFriendlyInterface criteria, to the point where using the Earth stargate or firing a missile from a converted alien jet involve a nice graphical program with animations.

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* ''Series/{{Stargate SG-1}}'' ''Series/StargateSG1'' shows this one in nearly all alien technology. Crew members repair or disable ships by screwing around with luminous gems, alien weapons such as hand devices may not even have an interface as we understand it. The stargate itself, at least, is a model of clarity; an astute viewer can even read off the gate codes. Alien [[WeaponOfMassDestruction super weapons]] tend to overwhelmingly consist of moving rocks. Strangely, all U.S. military weapons and equipment follow ViewerFriendlyInterface criteria, to the point where using the Earth stargate or firing a missile from a converted alien jet involve a nice graphical program with animations.
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