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16th Jul '16 7:12:22 PM TSBasilisk
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* In ''FanFic/FateRevelationOnline'' a concern among more savvy players is that Cardinal will increase the game's difficulty in response to Shirou and Ilya's game-breaking streength. To avoid this and encourage other players to become just as broken Kayaba introduces the "Titled Players" rule, which grants especially powerful players perks and excludes them from balancing.
12th Jul '16 4:27:23 PM dasuberkaiser
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', there is a sport called pro-bending, in which two teams made up of one waterbender, one earthbender, and one firebender compete (the other bending disciplines have too small a population to compete). Korra, as the Avatar, is the ''only living person'' capable of bending more than one element. When she joins a pro-bending tournament as a waterbender but reflexively earthbends to block a shot, the referee calls "Foul! ...I think." After a brief recess, the officials apply the patch: the Avatar can compete, but may only bend one element.
* One episode of ''RocketPower'' had the group play a game that Otto thought up. Otto repeatedly makes up rules on the fly, eventually causing Reggie to snap and call him out in front of everyone else. This also shows the downside to this trope, because eventually everyone else stops playing because of the "rules" and eventually leaves Otto and Reggie basically trying to play "HORSE", which she uses as a distraction while making Otto do a complicated move to piss off and go surfing with Twister and Sam.
* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', in addition to a handful of other "addendums and quid pro quos," the Genie makes sure to specify, "Ix-nay on the wishing for more wishes!" which would otherwise make the [[ThreeWishes three-wish limit]] [[LoopholeAbuse meaningless]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', there is a sport called pro-bending, in which two teams made up of one waterbender, one earthbender, and one firebender compete (the other bending disciplines have too small a population to compete). Korra, as the Avatar, is the ''only living person'' capable of bending more than one element. When she joins a pro-bending tournament as a waterbender but reflexively earthbends to block a shot, the referee calls "Foul! ...I think." After a brief recess, the officials apply the patch: the Avatar can compete, but may only bend one element.
* One episode of ''RocketPower'' had the group play a game that Otto thought up. Otto repeatedly makes up rules on the fly, eventually causing Reggie to snap and call him out in front of everyone else. This also shows the downside to this trope, because eventually everyone else stops playing because of the "rules" and eventually leaves Otto and Reggie basically trying to play "HORSE", which she uses as a distraction while making Otto do a complicated move to piss off and go surfing with Twister and Sam.
* In ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', in addition to a handful of other "addendums and quid pro quos," the Genie makes sure to specify, "Ix-nay on the wishing for more wishes!" which would otherwise make the [[ThreeWishes three-wish limit]] [[LoopholeAbuse meaningless]].
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12th Jul '16 1:53:59 AM jormis29
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* In an early release of ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} 2142'', it was entirely possible for two soldiers with nothing better to do to destroy their own Titan (and thus force their team to lose the round) by forcing a transport through the floor of the hangar bay and into the Core.
* ''EveOnline'' has had several updates that were borderline Obvious Rule Patches. However, the patch that prevented carriers from transporting loaded cargo ships was a glaringly Obvious Rules Patch.

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* In an early release of ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} 2142'', ''VideoGame/Battlefield2142'', it was entirely possible for two soldiers with nothing better to do to destroy their own Titan (and thus force their team to lose the round) by forcing a transport through the floor of the hangar bay and into the Core.
* ''EveOnline'' ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' has had several updates that were borderline Obvious Rule Patches. However, the patch that prevented carriers from transporting loaded cargo ships was a glaringly Obvious Rules Patch.
11th Jul '16 4:54:51 PM Gosicrystal
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* In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', the Nonary Game's rules are so vague and general that they need a lot of obvious patches. To name a few:
** [[LampshadeHanging Zero III himself states]] that the fact that the Secondary Chromatic Doors can't be unlocked until after the Primary ones close serves solely to prevent easy cheating.
** Anyone can go through Chromatic Doors back and forth, but first they must escape from the puzzle room that's beyond the [=CDs=]. This prevents the nine players from returning to the warehouse empty-handed: the AB games would be pointless if no one had the keycard to enter the rooms.
** Zero III forces all nine players to play the AB game in the first round, but later on you find out that [[SubvertedTrope you can in fact not participate]], which will make your vote default to ally. Sure, it puts you at a disadvantage, but it frees you from voting. [[DoubleSubversion Except it turns out that at least 1 out of 3 people who go through the CDs has to vote, or else the 3 of them die]]. This serves the obvious purpose of preventing everyone from not voting, which would grant them 9 BP after three rounds.
** Anyone who has 9 BP or more can open the number nine door. So if you haven't enough BP, you just have to sneak out when someone else opens it, right? Wrong. If you cross the door and you have less than 9 BP, you die. So only people who have 9 BP or more can actually escape safely. This scenario is specifically talked about in-game.
3rd Jul '16 12:49:06 AM JudasZala
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** After Steelers running back Jerome Bettis botched a coin toss in the 1998 Thanksgiving game against the Lions (which resulted in the Steelers losing that game in overtime), the NFL passed the Jerome Bettis Rule the following week, in which the visiting team has to make the call before the coin is flipped.
30th Jun '16 8:32:40 AM Sikon
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* The ''VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft'' adventure ''Curse of Naxxramas'' shipped with these already in place for heroic mode, banning specific cards that would otherwise make some encounters trivial. For example, if you try to play Alexstrasza[[note]]Sets a hero's health to 15[[/note]] against heroic Loatheb, who has whopping 99 health, [[BigBad Kel'Thuzad]] will destroy the card and mock you.
-->'''Kel'Thuzad''': This is heroic Naxxramas! I won't stand for such cheap tactics here!



* The ''Franchise/MassEffect'' franchise has another in-universe example with their version of [[FasterThanLightTravel Faster-than-Light travel]]. Several times in the backstory, and during the games, it is proposed to use spacecraft flying at relativistic speeds as devastating suicide-bombers. When experiments are made, however, the Turians discover in-built failsafe mechanisms in the titular Mass Effect technology that make collision courses impossible, and cannot be bypassed. [[spoiler:The block was put in by the [[AbusivePrecursors Reapers]] to prevent their Mass Effect technology being weaponised against them.]]

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* The ''Franchise/MassEffect'' franchise has another in-universe example with their version of [[FasterThanLightTravel Faster-than-Light travel]]. Several times in the backstory, and during the games, it is proposed to use spacecraft flying at relativistic speeds as devastating suicide-bombers. When experiments are made, however, the Turians turians discover in-built failsafe mechanisms in the titular Mass Effect technology that make collision courses impossible, and cannot be bypassed. [[spoiler:The block was put in by the [[AbusivePrecursors Reapers]] to prevent their Mass Effect technology being weaponised against them.]]
16th Jun '16 9:45:08 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** "Cards Speak": A hand does not have to be declared at the showdown to be played (e.g., your flush still beats their three of a kind even if you don't know its a flush when you show it down).
** "Table Stakes": A player cannot be forced out of a pot due to lack of money (extra bets go into a side pot), and a player can't reach into their pocket and offer up their Aston Martin keys or the deed to the ranch to call a hand (the short player can only win the pots that their chips-in-play can "cover").

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** "Cards Speak": A hand does not have to be declared at the showdown to be played (e.g., your flush still beats their three of a kind even if you don't know its a flush when you show it down).
down). This prevents ugly arguments about whether or not a player announced his best hand or should get credit for it.
** "Table Stakes": A player cannot be forced out of a pot due to lack of money (extra bets go into a side pot), and a player can't reach into their pocket and offer up their Aston Martin keys or the deed to the ranch to call a hand (the short player can only win the pots that their chips-in-play can "cover"). This prevents the richest person at the table from winning every hand by forced forfeit.
5th Jun '16 3:10:04 AM shadow9800
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** [[LoopholeAbuse Or wish for the ability to wish for more wishes.]]
1st Jun '16 1:09:00 PM treehugger0369
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* On the virtual pet site ''MoshiMonsters'', there used to be a group of GameBreaker food items you could feed your pet that would give them a large amount of both health and happiness, meaning all you had to do to care for them was feed them once a day. They weren't even that expensive. This appears to have been patched; now none of them can completely fill up both on their own.

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* On Common in [[SelfImposedChallenge Nuzlocke Runs]] when done in generations past [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire generation three]] [[Webcomic/NuzlockeComics (where the virtual pet site ''MoshiMonsters'', there used to be a group of GameBreaker food items you could feed your pet run originated)]], particularly when those generations add features that would give them a large amount trivialize certain aspects of both health the run, such as the Dex Nav in Omega Ruby and happiness, meaning all you had Alpha Sapphire [[LoopholeAbuse making it easy to do to care for them was feed them once a day. They weren't even that expensive. This appears to have been patched; now none of them can completely fill up both on their own.get ideal first encounters.]]
1st Jun '16 10:14:45 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* Prior to the 1970s, no U.S. state had a law saying two men or two women couldn't get married. Then two gay activists from Minnesota, Jack Baker and Michael [=McConnell=], walked into a district court and applied for a marriage license. The clerk turned them down on the grounds that they were both male, so Baker took the case to court, pointing out that under the letter of the law, this was not grounds to deny them a right to get married. Baker's suit failed, but crucially the Supreme Court simply dismissed his case because they didn't consider it a federal issue, rather than setting any precedent. Cue social conservatives all over the country rushing to bring in laws explicitly banning gay couples from marrying.

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* Prior to the 1970s, no U.S. state had a law saying two men or two women couldn't get married. Then two gay activists from Minnesota, Jack Baker and Michael [=McConnell=], walked into a district court and applied for a marriage license. The clerk turned them down on the grounds that they were both male, so Baker took the case to court, pointing out that under the letter of the law, this was not grounds to deny them a right to get married. Baker's suit failed, but crucially the Supreme Court simply dismissed his case because they didn't consider it a federal issue, rather than setting any precedent. Cue social conservatives all over the country rushing to bring in laws explicitly banning gay couples from marrying. This caused a conflict with previous civil rights laws (especially the 14th amendment) and was resolved in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obergefell_v._Hodges a 2015 Supreme Court decision]] that found those laws unconstitutional.
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