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26th Jun '17 9:39:09 PM Markus_McCloud
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* In ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'', the Captain Toad side levels were so popular, [[{{VideoGame/CaptainToadTreasureTracker}} they received their own dedicated game]]!
20th Jun '17 7:34:10 AM LordInsane
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*** In fact, ''Morrowind'' is such a good example of this trope that there's a popular mod which ''removes the main quest from the game''.

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*** In fact, ''Morrowind'' is such a good example of this trope that there's a popular mod which ''removes the main quest from the game''. Even without it, if you've done ''enough'' other random stuff a significant chunk of the main quest can by bypassed[[note]]If you are level 21 or higher and have 50 or more reputation -- a formidable achievement, but quite likely done if you've gone through two faction questlines -- one person involved waives his usual demands to get acknowledged by seven different factions and lets you meet him directly.[[/note]].
15th Jun '17 4:40:42 PM Maj_Spoiler
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Related to AttentionDeficitOohShiny. See also JustOneMoreLevel and QuicksandBox. It will normally happen in the MinigameZone. A VirtualPaperDoll, particularly one with a lot of customization options, can easily become one of these if you're the sort of player who cares about that. Compare and contrast PlotDetour where this ''is'' the content.

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Related to AttentionDeficitOohShiny. See also JustOneMoreLevel and QuicksandBox. It will normally happen in the MinigameZone. A VirtualPaperDoll, particularly one with a lot of customization options, can easily become one of these if you're the sort of player who cares about that. Compare and contrast PlotDetour where this ''is'' the content.
content, as well JustHereForGodzilla, where the "Gold Saucer" is the main appeal of a work.
30th May '17 1:47:32 PM MyFinalEdits
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* Adding to the list of open world games guilty of this trope, the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series as its gone on has become less about pulling off assassinations and more about doing (X) for 100 percent "synchronization". Even free running from building to building counts as this trope.
** To be fair though, getting sidetracked by the multitude of sidequests in an Assassins Creed game often leads to getting better armor or weapons so choosing to partake in any of them usually pays off in the end. That said, you can still just rush through the main quest with nothing but whatever starting gear you own.
*** And every game starting with 2 usually has an in game economy so its usually to your benefit stock up on money earned from treasure chests and carrying out assassination contracts.
*** Think that's not enough? ''Brotherhood'' introduced the ability to recruit potential assassins and train them up through sending them on missions. There's also the fact that they can be useful for distracting guards in missions where 100 percent completion requires stealth. Also, did we mention this was the first game in the series to have an online multiplayer portion which in itself has become quite addicting.
*** Starting with ''III'' its actually very common for gamers to report that they spend more time sailing around the world or customizing their ship than they do playing through the main story.

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* Adding to the list of open world games guilty of this trope, the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series as its gone on has become less about pulling off assassinations and more about doing (X) for 100 percent "synchronization". Even free running from building to building counts as this trope.
** To be fair though, getting sidetracked by the multitude of sidequests in an Assassins Creed game often leads to getting better armor or weapons so choosing to partake in any of them usually pays off in the end. That said, you can still just rush through the main quest with nothing but whatever starting gear you own.
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trope. And every game starting with 2 usually has an in game economy so its usually to your benefit stock up on money earned from treasure chests and carrying out assassination contracts.
*** Think that's not enough?
contracts. ''Brotherhood'' introduced the ability to recruit potential assassins and train them up through sending them on missions. There's also the fact that they can be useful for distracting guards in missions where 100 percent completion requires stealth. Also, did we mention this was the first game in the series to have an online multiplayer portion which in itself has become quite addicting.
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addicting. Lastly, starting with ''III'' its it's actually very common for gamers to report that they spend more time sailing around the world or customizing their ship than they do playing through the main story.



** Doing these is actually useful as money helps a ton when buying food, armor, shoes, or extra lives later on in the game. Something that's really useless, though, are the arcade games like ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Arkanoid}}'', except [[RuleOfFun for fun]].
29th May '17 8:03:55 PM y2k890
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* In [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/159 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'', Erik (the creator) demonstrates this principle.

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* In [[http://the-qlc.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20160306220401/http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/159 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'', Erik (the creator) demonstrates this principle.
20th May '17 12:00:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' has a variety of mini-games you can find. Most are simple (like Tic-Tac-Toe), but one is an [[UpToEleven entire]] ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' spin-off with a thirteen-mission campaign. Hope you didn't opt for the time limit on the main game. The sequel has some as well, including an ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' clone that's several hours long. For extra coolness, play this while a hacked turret blazes away at foes.

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* ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' has a variety of mini-games you can find. Most are simple (like Tic-Tac-Toe), but one is an [[UpToEleven entire]] ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' spin-off with a thirteen-mission campaign. Hope you didn't opt for the time limit on the main game. The sequel has some as well, including an ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' clone that's several hours long. For extra coolness, play this while a hacked turret blazes away at foes.
14th May '17 2:37:47 PM nombretomado
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** ''Franchise/StarCraft'' is of special note because of this aspect. More people play custom UMS games online than play the game the way it was meant. Likewise, ''VideoGame/WarCraft III'''s ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' mod has taken on a life of its own.

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** ''Franchise/StarCraft'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' is of special note because of this aspect. More people play custom UMS games online than play the game the way it was meant. Likewise, ''VideoGame/WarCraft III'''s ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' mod has taken on a life of its own.
11th May '17 9:59:58 AM morenohijazo
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* In the Frozen Throne expansion of ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', if you discover certian secret during a level, you get to enter a secret episode called "The Crossing" where your objective is to build different towers among a row to kill the waves of enemies trying to blow up a portal. It may be just one level, but you're likely to replay it over and over trying to survive the whole gauntlet of enemies.

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* In the Frozen Throne expansion of ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', if you discover certian certain secret during a level, you get to enter a secret episode called "The Crossing" where your objective is to build different towers among a row to kill the waves of enemies trying to blow up a portal. It may be just one level, but you're likely to replay it over and over trying to survive the whole gauntlet of enemies.enemies.
* ''VideoGame/Terraria'': The [[http://terraria.gamepedia.com/Angler fishing minigame/sidequest]] is rather elaborate, with around 30 possible quest rewards requiring ''way'' more than 30 fishing trips to get them all because most are [[LuckBasedMission rare and random]]. Only one fishing quest is offered per in-game day, but they often eat up a lot of time and distract you from the usual exploring/fighting/building/boss-battling. Or you may realize that you often fish up crates, which sometimes contain [[SequenceBreaking high-level metals you aren't supposed to have yet...]]
7th May '17 10:18:14 PM Giantsgiants
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* ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'':

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* ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'':''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'' has some unique activities that can take up a player's time.
6th May '17 3:22:46 AM Giantsgiants
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** Cockfighting. You have the potential to earn quite a large amount of money (especially at the Kennedy Town docks) and players just can't resist trying to make Wei's coffers as big as possible.
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