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2nd Jun '18 6:28:58 PM Darkaros
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* In ''VideoGame/FTL'', players can pick up any ship component and it'll slide easily into their ship, no matter the source of the item or the ship itself (which can be from human or alien origin). This is from simple examples such as buying weapons from far-off shops in foreign systems or random events with civilians gifting parts to you, to extremes like lucking into Mantis Pheromones for an Engi ship (in very rare events). Most of the time this is justified as the universe ''was'' formerly part of TheFederation, but even isolationists like the Slugs and the Crystalmen have shops that happily sell gear to your ship, no matter the origin of the ship.

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* In ''VideoGame/FTL'', ''VideoGame/{{FTL}}'', players can pick up any ship component and it'll slide easily into their ship, no matter the source of the item or the ship itself (which can be from human or alien origin). This is from simple examples such as buying weapons from far-off shops in foreign systems or random events with civilians gifting parts to you, to extremes like lucking into Mantis Pheromones for an Engi ship (in very rare events). Most of the time this is justified as the universe ''was'' formerly part of TheFederation, but even isolationists like the Slugs and the Crystalmen have shops that happily sell gear to your ship, no matter the origin of the ship.
2nd Jun '18 6:28:22 PM Darkaros
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* In ''VideoGame/FTL'', players can pick up any ship component and it'll slide easily into their ship, no matter the source of the item or the ship itself (which can be from human or alien origin). This is from simple examples such as buying weapons from far-off shops in foreign systems or random events with civilians gifting parts to you, to extremes like lucking into Mantis Pheromones for an Engi ship (in very rare events). Most of the time this is justified as the universe ''was'' formerly part of TheFederation, but even isolationists like the Slugs and the Crystalmen have shops that happily sell gear to your ship, no matter the origin of the ship.
23rd Apr '18 9:49:51 AM Stinkoman87
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** Before this, he was able to play ALO in the first place because Nerve Gear can play games designed for the Amusphere. Not only that, he also accidentally stumbles into an OldSaveBonus because of that, with his ALO character having all his stas and skills from SAO. This is a hint that they're running on the same engine.
26th Mar '18 5:52:05 PM eroock
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[[caption-width-right:350:I guess when they called it Universal Serial Bus, they really did mean ''Universal'' Serial Bus.]]



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[[caption-width-right:350:I guess when they called it Universal Serial Bus, they really did mean ''Universal'' Serial Bus.]]

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[[quoteright:350:[[Series/DoctorWho http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/doctor_who_time_heist_psi_usb_head.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:I guess when they called it Universal Serial Bus, they really did mean ''Universal'' Serial Bus.]]
18th Feb '18 12:16:18 PM DarkHunter
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** Some DVD players can be "unlocked" into region 0 by entering a special code with the remote.

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** Some DVD players can be "unlocked" into region 0 by entering a special code with the remote. Doing so usually voids the warranty on the player, however.
17th Feb '18 2:57:21 PM nombretomado
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* [[ProgrammingLanguage Interpreted and scripting languages]] source files, assuming that the interpreter or whatnot and libraries are available to run them, are essentially plug and play programs. You can reasonably expect the same exact source file will run exactly as you expect it from one platform to another.

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* [[ProgrammingLanguage [[UsefulNotes/ProgrammingLanguage Interpreted and scripting languages]] source files, assuming that the interpreter or whatnot and libraries are available to run them, are essentially plug and play programs. You can reasonably expect the same exact source file will run exactly as you expect it from one platform to another.
5th Jan '18 1:57:54 PM Kadorhal
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* Saab market their [[CoolPlane Gripen fighter aircraft]] by saying that the aircraft can interface with both UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and WarsawPact weaponry, unlike other fighters of that generation. It's paid some dividends -- the Czech Republic and Hungary, both former WarsawPact members who are now in UsefulNotes/{{NATO}}, have bought the aircraft.
* Intel Macs can run both OS X and Windows (Not out-of-the-box, some work is required). The reverse (running a Mac OS on non-Mac hardware) is even trickier, requiring third-party software and drivers, copious troubleshooting, and a lot of luck, but it can be done.
** Technically, most if not all Intel machines (Linux, Windows, Mac etc) can run most modern OS's as they are built around the x86 architecture. The only reason you can't easily run Mac on a non-Mac x86_64 computer is because Mac ''[[NoBackwardsCompatibilityInTheFuture doesn't want to]]'': it checks for a hardware module only present on Mac computers that does nothing but verify that the computer is a Mac.
* Ironically [[TruthInTelevision played straight]] in '70s and '80s, when Soviet Union adopted PDP-11 compatibility as an industry-wide IT standard. It was done exactly for the reason stated above: the interoperability makes life so much ''easier'', and adoption of an already established standard gives you the access to all the software and hardware already developed for it.
* USB-based devices are supposedly this in theory. In practice, you need to install drivers for more complex devices (e.g. cameras, scanners, printers)

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* Saab market their [[CoolPlane Gripen fighter aircraft]] by saying that the aircraft can interface with both UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and WarsawPact UsefulNotes/WarsawPact weaponry, unlike other fighters of that generation. It's paid some dividends -- the Czech Republic and Hungary, both former WarsawPact Warsaw Pact members who are now in UsefulNotes/{{NATO}}, NATO, have bought the aircraft.
* Intel Macs can run both OS X and Windows (Not (not out-of-the-box, some work is required). The reverse (running a Mac OS on non-Mac hardware) is even trickier, requiring third-party software and drivers, copious troubleshooting, and a lot of luck, but it can be done.
** Technically, most if not all Intel machines (Linux, Windows, Mac etc) can run most modern OS's [=OSes=] as they are built around the x86 architecture. The only reason you can't easily run Mac on a non-Mac x86_64 computer is because Mac ''[[NoBackwardsCompatibilityInTheFuture doesn't want to]]'': it checks for a hardware module only present on Mac computers that does nothing but verify that the computer is a Mac.
* Ironically [[TruthInTelevision played straight]] in '70s and '80s, when the Soviet Union adopted PDP-11 compatibility as an industry-wide IT standard. It was done exactly for the reason stated above: the interoperability makes life so much ''easier'', and adoption of an already established standard gives you the access to all the software and hardware already developed for it.
* USB-based devices are supposedly this in theory. In practice, you still need to install drivers for several more complex devices (e.g. cameras, scanners, printers)printers).



** Special mention goes to the Mass Storage Device and Human Input Device standards, used by flash drives, SD card readers, mice, and keyboards - The majority of software platforms that support at least USB 2.0 specs will support most or all of these.
* An interesting side-effect of the Compact Flash memory card's design is that it is actually compatible with the legacy IDE hard drive data connector on older desktops - This has resulted in some hobbyists coming up with [[http://lowendmac.com/2015/the-lowdown-on-using-compactflash-to-replace-an-ide-hard-drive/ ways of using CF cards as replacement hard drives]] for machines that are from the early age of desktops. It is possible to find such a CF-IDE adaptor on the third-party hobbyist market.

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** Special mention goes to the Mass Storage Device and Human Input Device standards, used by flash drives, SD card readers, mice, and keyboards - The the majority of software platforms that support at least USB 2.0 specs will support most or all of these.
* An interesting side-effect of the Compact Flash memory card's design is that it is actually compatible with the legacy IDE hard drive data connector on older desktops - desktops. This has resulted in some hobbyists coming up with [[http://lowendmac.com/2015/the-lowdown-on-using-compactflash-to-replace-an-ide-hard-drive/ ways of using CF cards as replacement hard drives]] for machines that are from the early age of desktops. It is possible to find such a CF-IDE adaptor on the third-party hobbyist market.



* On a related note to the USB standard, the [=FAT32=] and [=EXFAT=] file system standards are very nearly the ''lingua franca'' of file storage systems in a massive majority of modern computers and smartphone/tablet derivatives, as the extremely widespread USB flash drives and [=SD/SDHC=] cards ship preformatted for [=FAT32=] and are compatible with Windows (specifically from 95 [=OSR2=] onwards!), Apple (both modern OSX and iOS systems), 'nix, and Android platforms. [=EXFAT=], the file system that higher-capacity [=SDXC=] cards are preformatted in, will probably suceed [=FAT32=] in this arena of multiplatform support as support improves in future OS releases. In addition, all these SD cards will work perfectly fine with your digital cameras/camcorders, Smart TV sets, IP cameras, and other such embedded systems - photos captured by your programmed IP camera can be moved via SD card to an Android phone, then uploaded to Google Drive and accessed on your desktop, before being copied to another SD card and transferred to your Nintendo 3DS or UsefulNotes/WiiU.

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* On a related note to the USB standard, the [=FAT32=] and [=EXFAT=] EXFAT file system standards are very nearly the ''lingua franca'' of file storage systems in a massive majority of modern computers and smartphone/tablet derivatives, as the extremely widespread USB flash drives and [=SD/SDHC=] cards ship preformatted for [=FAT32=] and are compatible with Windows (specifically from 95 [=OSR2=] onwards!), onwards), Apple (both modern OSX and iOS systems), 'nix, and Android platforms. [=EXFAT=], EXFAT, the file system that higher-capacity [=SDXC=] SDXC cards are preformatted in, will probably suceed [=FAT32=] in this arena of multiplatform support as support improves in future OS releases. In addition, all these SD cards will work perfectly fine with your digital cameras/camcorders, Smart TV sets, IP cameras, and other such embedded systems - photos captured by your programmed IP camera can be moved via SD card to an Android phone, then uploaded to Google Drive and accessed on your desktop, before being copied to another SD card and transferred to your Nintendo 3DS or UsefulNotes/WiiU.
5th Jan '18 9:33:49 AM Gerusz
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** With more and more smartphones dropping the 3.5 jack, this might not be a case for long. Fortunately, some Android manufacturers are still building their phones with a jack.
4th Jan '18 4:07:23 PM Kadorhal
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series, Samus' PoweredArmor is "modular" and can add new gadgets on the fly. It's somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by both Samus' powersuit and most of the gadgets having at least the same creators (the Chozo), but she can also easily adapt [[TheFederation Federation]]-, Luminoth-, Bryyan- and SpacePirate technology. There are two [[AvertedTrope aversions]] however; in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2'' the suit can at first not analyze the Energy Transfer Module, and in ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' Samus' suit is incompatible with the Plasma Beam-, Space Jump- and Gravity upgrades.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', where [[spoiler:Mr. House had the Platinum Chip specially made so that only certain equipment (equipment he built) could read it.]]
** But also played straight, in that every single terminal and robot in the Mojave uses Robco code. The terminals even all use the same Robco Unified Operating System. Robco's coding is so ubiquitous that a quest in one of the add-ons is resolved when a sufficiently tech-savvy [[PlayerCharacter Courier]] realizes that the cyborg he's talking to can be understood despite his broken voice module by paying attention to the code fluctuations in his radio chatter.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series, Samus' PoweredArmor is "modular" and can add new gadgets on the fly. It's somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by both Samus' powersuit and most of the gadgets having at least the same creators (the Chozo), but she can also easily adapt [[TheFederation Federation]]-, Luminoth-, Bryyan- Federation]], Luminoth, Bryyan and SpacePirate technology. There are two [[AvertedTrope aversions]] however; in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' the suit can at first not analyze the Energy Transfer Module, and in ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' Samus' original suit is incompatible with the Plasma Beam-, Beam, Space Jump- Jump and Gravity upgrades.
Suit upgrades, and she only gets them in the ExtendedGameplay after traversing a Chozo temple and acquiring a new powersuit.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', where [[spoiler:Mr. House had the Platinum Chip specially made so that only certain equipment (equipment (which he built) could read it.]]
** But also played straight, in that every single terminal and robot in the Mojave uses Robco code. The terminals even all use the same Robco Unified Operating System. Robco's coding is so ubiquitous that a quest in one of the add-ons is can be resolved when a sufficiently tech-savvy [[PlayerCharacter Courier]] realizes that the cyborg he's talking to can be understood despite his broken voice module by paying attention to the code fluctuations in his radio chatter.



* Any obtained weapon, shield, FTL drive, thrusters, or misc. system can be fitten on a specific slot on ''any'' ship in ''VideoGame/StrangeAdventuresInInfiniteSpace''. Some limitations are added in the sequel/remake ''Weird Worlds'', where fighters can only be fittedn with the most basic shields and short-range weapons. However, there's nothing preventing your [[PlanetTerra Terran]] ship (considering your people have never encountered aliens before) from finding and fitting a Hyperdrive (which works completely differently from a standard FTL drive) into the same slot in a matter of weeks. You must have some excellent engineers aboard the ship.

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* Any obtained weapon, shield, FTL drive, thrusters, or misc. system can be fitten on a specific slot on ''any'' ship in ''VideoGame/StrangeAdventuresInInfiniteSpace''. Some limitations are added in the sequel/remake ''Weird Worlds'', where fighters can only be fittedn fitted with the most basic shields and short-range weapons. However, there's nothing preventing your [[PlanetTerra Terran]] ship (considering your people have never encountered aliens before) from finding and fitting a Hyperdrive (which works completely differently from a standard FTL drive) into the same slot in a matter of weeks. You must have some excellent engineers aboard the ship.



* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/11/07 parodies]] the use of this trope in ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}''.

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* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2012/11/07 parodies]] the use of this trope in ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}''.''Franchise/{{Halo}}''.
4th Dec '17 11:06:20 AM Cryoclaste
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* In the ''{{Metroid}}'' series, Samus' PoweredArmor is "modular" and can add new gadgets on the fly. It's somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by both Samus' powersuit and most of the gadgets having at least the same creators (the Chozo), but she can also easily adapt [[TheFederation Federation]]-, Luminoth-, Bryyan- and SpacePirate technology. There are two [[AvertedTrope aversions]] however; in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' the suit can at first not analyze the Energy Transfer Module, and in ''Metroid: Zero Mission'' Samus' suit is incompatible with the Plasma Beam-, Space Jump- and Gravity upgrades.

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* In the ''{{Metroid}}'' ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series, Samus' PoweredArmor is "modular" and can add new gadgets on the fly. It's somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by both Samus' powersuit and most of the gadgets having at least the same creators (the Chozo), but she can also easily adapt [[TheFederation Federation]]-, Luminoth-, Bryyan- and SpacePirate technology. There are two [[AvertedTrope aversions]] however; in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2'' the suit can at first not analyze the Energy Transfer Module, and in ''Metroid: Zero Mission'' ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' Samus' suit is incompatible with the Plasma Beam-, Space Jump- and Gravity upgrades.
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