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19th Apr '16 9:05:42 PM Willbyr
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25th Mar '16 4:14:50 PM Andyroid
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* ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' has a particularly blatant and potent example of this trope in the Joja Corporation. The ''main storyline'' of this game (a farming simulator in the vein of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'') entails the player making the decision to save the small town which has fallen into decline as the direct result of the PredatoryBusiness setting up shop in the area... or simply embrace the local [=JojaMart=] and do all your shopping there (in exchange for discounts on their products). Even the company's ''slogans'' are downright sinister:

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* ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' has a particularly blatant and potent example of this trope in the Joja Corporation. The ''main storyline'' plot of this game (a farming simulator in the vein of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'') is kicked off by the player character getting tired of their mindless desk job at a Joja Corp office and moving to Stardew Valley to work on the old farm their grandfather gifted them. The main plot entails the player making the decision to save the small town which has fallen into decline as the direct result of the PredatoryBusiness setting up shop in the area... or simply embrace the local [=JojaMart=] and do all your shopping there (in exchange for discounts on their products). Even the company's ''slogans'' are downright sinister:
23rd Mar '16 4:02:58 PM Andyroid
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* ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' has so blatant and potent an example of this trope in Joja Corporation that we could probably make the company logo our trope image after the game comes out. The ''main storyline'' of this game (a farming simulator in the vein of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'') entails the player making the decision to save the small town which has fallen into decline as the direct result of the PredatoryBusiness setting up shop in the area... or simply embrace the local [=JojaMart=] and do all your shopping there (in exchange for discounts on their products). Even the company's ''slogans'' are downright sinister:

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* ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' has so a particularly blatant and potent an example of this trope in the Joja Corporation that we could probably make the company logo our trope image after the game comes out.Corporation. The ''main storyline'' of this game (a farming simulator in the vein of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'') entails the player making the decision to save the small town which has fallen into decline as the direct result of the PredatoryBusiness setting up shop in the area... or simply embrace the local [=JojaMart=] and do all your shopping there (in exchange for discounts on their products). Even the company's ''slogans'' are downright sinister:
23rd Mar '16 2:46:27 AM eroock
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Not to be confused with WelcomeToEvilMart which is about companies and corporations that specifically cater to villains.

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Not to be confused with WelcomeToEvilMart which is about companies and corporations that specifically cater to villains.
villains. Compare CommunityThreateningConstruction.
6th Mar '16 4:29:29 PM WillyFourEyes
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* The upcoming ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' has so blatant and potent an example of this trope in Joja Corporation that we could probably make the company logo our trope image after the game comes out. The ''main storyline'' of this game (a farming simulator in the vein of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'') entails the player making the decision to save the small town which has fallen into decline as the direct result of the PredatoryBusiness setting up shop in the area... or simply embrace the local [=JojaMart=] and do all your shopping there (in exchange for discounts on their products). Even the company's ''slogans'' are downright sinister:

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* The upcoming ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' has so blatant and potent an example of this trope in Joja Corporation that we could probably make the company logo our trope image after the game comes out. The ''main storyline'' of this game (a farming simulator in the vein of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'') entails the player making the decision to save the small town which has fallen into decline as the direct result of the PredatoryBusiness setting up shop in the area... or simply embrace the local [=JojaMart=] and do all your shopping there (in exchange for discounts on their products). Even the company's ''slogans'' are downright sinister:
4th Mar '16 1:06:54 AM demonfiren
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* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', two major corporations provide augmentation to the world. Adam Jensen works for Sarif Industries which is run by [[HonestCorporateExecutive David Sarif]], an idealist who truly believes augmentation is the key to a brighter future for humanity. To the point that he funds research dedicated to making his most profitable product, the drug that people with augments need to maintain their health, obsolete. Sarif ultimately cares less about money and more about making augmentation available to as many people as possible (preferably ''all'' of them). Tai Young Medical, run by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Zhao]] is unfortunately dominating the market. Their products are shoddy pieces of junk compared to Sarif Industries', so TYM resorts to [[spoiler:hiring mercs to attack their competitors' facilities and framing them for unethical experiments while hiding their own. TYM being backed by the Illuminati (who do not want augmentation to become too widespread since it would threaten their power over the world) doesn't help Sarif Industries either.]] TYM's "business model" doesn't rely on outperforming the competition. It relies on removing it entirely through whatever means necessary.

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* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', two major corporations provide augmentation to the world. Adam Jensen works for Sarif Industries which is run by [[HonestCorporateExecutive David Sarif]], an idealist who truly believes augmentation is the key to a brighter future for humanity. To the point that he funds research dedicated to making his most profitable product, the drug that people with augments need to maintain their health, obsolete. Sarif ultimately cares less about money and more about making augmentation available to as many people as possible (preferably ''all'' of them). Tai Young Yong Medical, run by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Zhao]] Zhao Yun Ru]] is unfortunately dominating the market. Their products are shoddy pieces of junk compared to Sarif Industries', so TYM resorts to [[spoiler:hiring mercs to attack their competitors' facilities and framing them for unethical experiments while hiding their own. TYM being backed by the Illuminati (who do not want augmentation to become too widespread since it would threaten their power over the world) doesn't help Sarif Industries either.]] TYM's "business model" doesn't rely on outperforming the competition. It relies on removing it entirely through whatever means necessary.
30th Sep '15 1:25:12 AM RAMChYLD
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Here's an example to use for comparison. Fox Books from ''Film/YouHaveMail'' does ''not'' fit this trope. Yes, his company drove The Shop Around the Corner out of business, but they did it by simply selling their product in a competitive market, they did not engage in misconduct.

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Here's an example to use for comparison. Fox Books from ''Film/YouHaveMail'' ''Film/YouveGotMail'' does ''not'' '''''not''''' fit this trope. Yes, his company drove The Shop Around the Corner out of business, but they did it by simply selling their product in a competitive market, they did not engage in misconduct.
14th Jul '15 9:42:05 AM nombretomado
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* The Quicker Stop from the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Clerks}}''.

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* The Quicker Stop from the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Clerks}}''.''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries''.
9th Mar '15 5:13:47 PM Zyffyr
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* ''Film/YouveGotMail'': Fox Books, but this is eventually subverted in that the megacorp is offering cheaper goods, but it still serves the community for the better, as can be seen when Meg Ryan is walking around the store, noticing that groups of adults and children alike are scattered around reading books and having fun. Even though one employee didn't know about the "Shoe" books, there's no indication that they are selling cheap material or using dirty business practices. As Tom Hanks said, "I sell cheap books. Sue me."
24th Feb '15 11:59:17 AM Tdarcos
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Here's an example to use for comparison. Fox Books from ''Film/YouHaveMail'' does ''not'' fit this trope. Yes, his company drove The Shop Around the Corner out of business, but they did it by simply selling their product in a competitive market, they did not engage in misconduct.
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