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13th Mar '17 11:32:47 AM ZombieAladdin
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* All machines made in the past 50 years have the "three-switch rule": If your ball drains before hitting the third switch, the machine will spit out another ball and pretend the previous one didn't happen. Over time, some players have discovered that these first two switches can be used to progress towards modes, point awards, and multiballs on certain machines, and by letting the ball drain, they can keep doing this until they get what they want. In response, manufacturers, starting in TheNewTens, have released software patches that add exceptions to the three-switch rule if it can be exploited to play risk-free like that.
7th Mar '17 5:47:04 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Tournaments sanctioned by PAPA (Professional & Amateur Pinball Association) have point values given to the top finishers, with the people with the most given invitations to the World Championships. Initially, each event provided a fixed point value for the winner, the runner-up, and so forth, with anyone getting sanctioning as long as they had machines to play them on and the organizers filled out the paperwork. But there were some places, most notably in UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, Oregon and UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}, Washington, where pinball can be found in multitudes of public locations, some of which hold weekly and even semi-weekly tournaments, all of them PAPA-sanctioned. This meant someone could enter dozens upon dozens of tournaments through the year and get an invitation even though they might only be the best players at the local level. Through 2014 and 2015, there was a big overhaul of the PAPA points system, one of which was that points would be given out directly proportionally to the number of players in the tournament. This meant someone could be the best in their neighborhood, but they had to seek out a major event, like Pinburgh or [=MAGfest=], where the world's greatest players would be, and go toe-to-toe with them to get the big points.
4th Mar '17 2:40:46 PM Sunflorazumarill
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** In the first Christmas episode, Timmy wishes that everyday was Christmas, which eventually messes things up since fairies lend their power to Santa for the holiday. Once everything is fixed, a new rule is added to Da Rules that forbids an "Everyday Christmas wish" from ever being grated again.

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** In the first Christmas episode, Timmy wishes that everyday was Christmas, which eventually messes things up since fairies lend their power to Santa for the holiday. Once everything is fixed, a new rule is added to Da Rules that forbids an "Everyday Christmas wish" from ever being grated granted again.
26th Feb '17 10:32:14 AM Gosicrystal
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Compare and contrast {{Nerf}}, a decision that waters down a powerful element in the game instead of forbidding its use or access. May, if the situation is enough of a corner case, result in ThatOneRule. May also be used to avert MisappliedPhlebotinum by [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum expressly banning certain applications]]. This is the eternal nemesis of the RulesLawyer.

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Compare and contrast {{Nerf}}, a decision that waters down a too powerful element in the game instead of forbidding its use or access.access to it. May, if the situation is enough of a corner case, result in ThatOneRule. May also be used to avert MisappliedPhlebotinum by [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum expressly banning certain applications]]. This is the eternal nemesis of the RulesLawyer.
26th Feb '17 10:28:11 AM Gosicrystal
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Compare and contrast {{Nerf}}. May, if the situation is enough of a corner case, result in ThatOneRule. May also be used to avert MisappliedPhlebotinum by [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum expressly banning certain applications]]. This is the eternal nemesis of the RulesLawyer.

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Compare and contrast {{Nerf}}.{{Nerf}}, a decision that waters down a powerful element in the game instead of forbidding its use or access. May, if the situation is enough of a corner case, result in ThatOneRule. May also be used to avert MisappliedPhlebotinum by [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum expressly banning certain applications]]. This is the eternal nemesis of the RulesLawyer.
25th Feb '17 12:08:10 PM Gosicrystal
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* During one episode of Creator/AchievementHunter's ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V]]'', the gang is playing a game where they're supposed to hold on to an "flag" while flying for a few seconds to gain a point. During one round, Creator/MichaelJones gets his plane's wing clipped off and he crashes into the water below, survives and gets the point. The very next round, Ryan Haywood gets the "flag" and ''immediately'' dives into the water, in this case a lake bed. Geoff Ramsay allows the point to go through, but tells them that after that, no diving into the water.

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* During one episode of Creator/AchievementHunter's ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V]]'', the gang is playing a game where they're supposed to hold on to an a "flag" while flying for a few seconds to gain a point. During one round, Creator/MichaelJones gets his plane's wing clipped off and he crashes into the water below, survives and gets the point. The very next round, Ryan Haywood gets the "flag" and ''immediately'' dives into the water, in this case a lake bed. Geoff Ramsay allows the point to go through, but tells them that after that, no diving into the water.



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25th Feb '17 5:52:08 AM Gosicrystal
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** 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.

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** 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 addressed in-game.
20th Feb '17 1:42:30 PM TheSinful
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* During the Chunin Exam prelims in ''Fanfic/OneEyeFullOfWisdom'', Sakura notes that nothing in the rules states the fights have to take place in the room where everyone is waiting, so she sprints out of the room and performs a running battle against Shino using ambushes and hit-and-run tactics. Immediately after her match, the officials announce that leaving the room will result in an automatic forfeit.
** As a result of Sakura's tactics, the arena for the finals is modified to have a multistory building in it as officials realized the previous completely open setting turned most matches into little more than slugfests and didn't allow much use for traps, ambushes, or other tactics beyond being a superior fighter.
6th Feb '17 10:49:57 PM Discar
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* PennyArcade parodies this with ''{{Scribblenauts}}''. Tycho explains how the goal of the game is to get Starites, and you do so by writing the names of useful items ([[DevelopersForesight over 22,000 are available]]), which then appear. Gabe picks up the game and immediately writes "Starite". One appears and he wins. Note that in the actual game, doing this produces a '''fake''' Starite that's worthless. [[spoiler:Except for the very last level.]]

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* PennyArcade ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' parodies this with ''{{Scribblenauts}}''.''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}''. Tycho explains how the goal of the game is to get Starites, and you do so by writing the names of useful items ([[DevelopersForesight over 22,000 are available]]), which then appear. Gabe picks up the game and immediately writes "Starite". One appears and he wins. Note that in the actual game, doing this produces a '''fake''' Starite that's worthless. [[spoiler:Except for the very last level.]]]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'': The free casters of the Magic Kingdom will very rarely declare specific artifacts "OP," forbidding their use, forbidding anyone associating with anyone who uses them, and walling up the portal of anyone who uses them. The worst part is that they have no problem applying this retroactively; when [[spoiler:the Arkentools]] are declared OP during a trial, the defendant is sentenced to death despite the fact that she hasn't used them since she was captured.
4th Feb '17 10:38:30 AM DocJamore
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** [[LoopholeAbuse In which case you simply wish for more genies.]]
** [[LoopholeAbuse Or wish for the ability to wish for more wishes.]]
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