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28th Apr '16 10:49:25 AM Scorntex
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** Much of ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII'' takes place on the islands around the temple of the Sisters of Fate, which is covered in abandoned buildings, including one large valley with a bridge left in such disrepair it's impossible for most people to cross.
13th Apr '16 5:38:47 PM YT45
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* The United States government decided to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Rushmore#Controversy carve giant presidential heads into the sacred hills of the Lakota tribe of South Dakota]]. Why? Practical purposes? Religious worship? Nope, [[ItAmusedMe just because]]. Unless intentionally demolished, the faces will remain recognizable for thousands of years. Not to be outdone, Lakota factions commissioned [[UpToEleven an even larger statue]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horse_Memorial#Controversies the Lakota hero Crazy Horse]].

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* The United States government decided to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Rushmore#Controversy carve giant presidential heads into the sacred hills of the Lakota tribe of South Dakota]]. Why? Practical purposes? Religious worship? Nope, [[ItAmusedMe just because]]. Unless intentionally demolished, the faces will remain recognizable for thousands of years. Not to be outdone, Lakota factions commissioned [[UpToEleven an even larger statue]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horse_Memorial#Controversies the Lakota hero Crazy Horse]]. The project is quite controversial among the Lakota nation, with many seeing it as [[NotSoDifferent stooping to the government's level]]. Detractors point to Chief Crazy Horse's stated beliefs and say that the man himself would consider the statue an abomination.
22nd Mar '16 7:57:46 PM Steam_Lord
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' starts in the Ruins, which are inhabited only by Toriel and some fairly unintimidating monsters, and the exit is one-way. It's not for any special reason, though; they used to be fully inhabited but everyone just moved out to different areas of the Underground.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' starts in the Ruins, which are inhabited only by Toriel and some fairly unintimidating monsters, and the exit is one-way. It's not for any special reason, though; they used to be fully inhabited but everyone just moved out to different areas of the Underground. Still, it shows no signs of former habitation, not even in the backgrounds.
22nd Mar '16 7:49:12 PM Steam_Lord
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** To explain the layout (partially): the mountain is entered from on of two fairly understandable (if massive) gates, which lead to a circular pathway. Rather than take a door (like the gates that lead to Blackrock Spire) into the city, one must walk along a chain, through a tomb suspended above a pit of lava, down another chain, then through a small hallway, a stone quarry, a masonry, and a prison (all rough stone, except for a few prison areas). To get to the worked stone section, one has to go through a twisted hallway, and enter through the arena. To be fair, there is a better-placed main gate that you can not use further in. The entire mountain used to be under their control. The more habitable upper reaches were stolen by the Black Dragonflight, forcing the Dark Iron to carve a new home in the Depths and spread out into the surrounding countryside.

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** *** To explain the layout (partially): the mountain is entered from on one of two fairly understandable (if massive) gates, which lead to a circular pathway. Rather than take a door (like the gates that lead to Blackrock Spire) into the city, one must walk along a chain, through a tomb suspended above a pit of lava, down another chain, then through a small hallway, a stone quarry, a masonry, and a prison (all rough stone, except for a few prison areas). To get to the worked stone section, one has to go through a twisted hallway, and enter through the arena. To be fair, there is a better-placed main gate that you can not use further in. The entire mountain used to be under their control. The more habitable upper reaches were stolen by the Black Dragonflight, forcing the Dark Iron to carve a new home in the Depths and spread out into the surrounding countryside.countryside.
** The Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj make little sense. It was supposed to be a research facility that was taken over by evil insects, but it seems to have been a series of plazas and empty rooms. The qiraji do not even seem have the equipment needed to forge any of the weapons and golems that they have.
15th Jan '16 12:38:49 AM josh6243
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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorldPiranhaIsland'': Thorn Temple takes place in a temple already in shambles. Broken stone pillars and arches are strewn everywhere. Piranha Gabyoalls patrol the area, and when they spot Mario, they attempt to ram into Mario with all of their might.
2nd Jan '16 4:41:36 PM Kadorhal
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* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'''s Stilwater has an inexplicable Greek ruins complete with amphitheater and pseudo-Parthenon buildings on what is ostensibly an island in the American Midwest.
** This troper always felt it was pretty obvious those ruins were artificial and part of the history museum in that area.
25th Dec '15 10:28:18 AM KingLyger
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[[caption-width-right:313:[[SceneryPorn Beautiful]], yes. [[LostWorld Ancient]] and [[UnnecessarilyLargeInterior colossal]], yes. But ''why are they there?!'']]

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[[caption-width-right:313:[[SceneryPorn Beautiful]], yes. Beautiful]]. [[LostWorld Ancient]] and Ancient]]. [[UnnecessarilyLargeInterior colossal]], yes. But ''why are they there?!'']]
Colossal]]. ''Inexplicable''.]]
19th Dec '15 4:03:17 PM nombretomado
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** Averted somewhat in both ShadowTheHedgehog and VideoGame/SonicUnleashed. In the former, the ruins you go through are revealed by the BigBad to have been built by the Black Arms so they could better do whatever they were trying to do. In the latter, the ruins exist as temples to hold the seal on Dark Gaia, and [[spoiler:can uproot themselves and become a giant golem.]] Giving them a purpose however doesn't mean they make any more sense.

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** Averted somewhat in both ShadowTheHedgehog ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' and VideoGame/SonicUnleashed.''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed''. In the former, the ruins you go through are revealed by the BigBad to have been built by the Black Arms so they could better do whatever they were trying to do. In the latter, the ruins exist as temples to hold the seal on Dark Gaia, and [[spoiler:can uproot themselves and become a giant golem.]] Giving them a purpose however doesn't mean they make any more sense.



* In ''GuildWars'' there are ruins of very large structures and gigantic monuments on the Crystal Desert and the Desolation; the lore mentions that those ruins stand as crumbling celebrations of the short-lived triumph over that harsh environment. [[FridgeLogic One wonders]] what was the reason someone would want to settle in an inhospitable desert and invest all the resources and labor into those constructions in the first place.

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* In ''GuildWars'' ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' there are ruins of very large structures and gigantic monuments on the Crystal Desert and the Desolation; the lore mentions that those ruins stand as crumbling celebrations of the short-lived triumph over that harsh environment. [[FridgeLogic One wonders]] what was the reason someone would want to settle in an inhospitable desert and invest all the resources and labor into those constructions in the first place.
17th Dec '15 2:57:54 PM IAmNotAFunguy
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** This was also seen in World 6 of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriforceHeroes''.

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** *** This was also seen in World 6 of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriforceHeroes''.
17th Dec '15 2:57:04 PM IAmNotAFunguy
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** This was also seen in World 6 of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriforceHeroes''.
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