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15th Oct '17 2:21:00 PM nombretomado
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* ''BreathOfFireIII'': A segment of the game sees the protagonists making a multi-day trek through a huge desert, with only the stars available as a navigation aid. If you get hopelessly lost and/or run out of water, you need to restart from the beginning of the segment. Problem is, one NPC says you need to head ''east'' at one part, but a paper stored in your tent says you should head ''west''. East is the correct way, but [[NowWhereWasIGoingAgain try remembering that if you save in the desert, stop playing for a while, then come back and look to the paper for guidance]][[note]] To make up for this, there's actually a ''very'' good piece of armor if you follow the wrong directions[[/note]].

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* ''BreathOfFireIII'': ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'': A segment of the game sees the protagonists making a multi-day trek through a huge desert, with only the stars available as a navigation aid. If you get hopelessly lost and/or run out of water, you need to restart from the beginning of the segment. Problem is, one NPC says you need to head ''east'' at one part, but a paper stored in your tent says you should head ''west''. East is the correct way, but [[NowWhereWasIGoingAgain try remembering that if you save in the desert, stop playing for a while, then come back and look to the paper for guidance]][[note]] To make up for this, there's actually a ''very'' good piece of armor if you follow the wrong directions[[/note]].
15th Oct '17 6:56:52 AM bwburke94
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'': The description for Mehrunes Razor, a [[LegendaryWeapon legendary dagger]], states that it has a 1% chance of [[OneHitKO instantly killing whatever it strikes]]. It actually has a 1.98% chance, because the code is written so that the ability activates whenever a [[RandomNumberGod random number]] between 0-100 comes up as <=1. It essentially has a 2/101 chance.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'': The description for Mehrunes Razor, a [[LegendaryWeapon legendary dagger]], states that it has a 1% chance of [[OneHitKO instantly killing whatever it strikes]]. It actually has a 1.98% (2/101) chance, because the code is written so that the ability activates whenever due to a [[RandomNumberGod random number]] between 0-100 comes up as <=1. It essentially has a 2/101 chance.pair of off-by-one errors.
14th Oct '17 5:25:45 PM wingedcatgirl
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* ''VideoGame/JadeCocoon'': Korus tells you, before you've even fought a single monster, that "you must never kill a minion" (A minion being a monster). However, your own captured minions ''gain levels by killing monsters'', and there is no punishment for doing so, and you wouldn't even make it past [[WarmUpBoss the Masked Man]] unless you grind your monsters.
** This one is the result of a BlindIdiotTranslation. The Japanese version makes it clear that Levant ''himself'' must never kill a minion since it's a complete waste: he only gains experience from ''capturing'' so you should always fight with minions so they'll get the combat experience.

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* ''VideoGame/JadeCocoon'': Korus tells you, before you've even fought a single monster, that "you must never kill a minion" (A minion being a monster). However, your own captured minions ''gain levels by killing monsters'', and there is no punishment for doing so, and you wouldn't even make it past [[WarmUpBoss the Masked Man]] unless you grind your monsters.
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minion". This one is the result of a BlindIdiotTranslation. technically accurate, but wildly misleading. [[LostInTranslation The Japanese version makes it clear clear]] that Levant ''himself'' must never kill a minion since it's a complete waste: he -- there's no consequence for killing minions, but Levant only gains experience from ''capturing'' so you should always fight with ''capturing'', and killing minions so they'll get the with him is a waste of combat experience.experience that could've gone to your minions.
21st Sep '17 7:48:01 PM Sammettik
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** The exactly same method got used again a few years later in the VideoGame/MarioParty series, [[http://www.suppermariobroth.com/post/143200775965/ as documented here]].
27th Aug '17 7:59:34 PM BeerBaron
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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'': There are a few cases where the directions given by NPC quest givers are flat out wrong, or are given correctly, but recorded in the journal incorrectly. Combine this with often vague directions like "Go east until you see the funny looking rock then turn north," and you can find yourself in a number of GuideDangIt situations.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'': "Higher willpower allows you to defend against magical attacks."

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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'': ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'': There are a few cases where the directions given by NPC quest givers are flat out wrong, or are given correctly, but recorded in the journal incorrectly. Combine this with often vague directions like "Go east until you see the funny looking rock then turn north," and you can find yourself in a number of GuideDangIt situations.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'': ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'': "Higher willpower allows you to defend against magical attacks.""
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'': The description for Mehrunes Razor, a [[LegendaryWeapon legendary dagger]], states that it has a 1% chance of [[OneHitKO instantly killing whatever it strikes]]. It actually has a 1.98% chance, because the code is written so that the ability activates whenever a [[RandomNumberGod random number]] between 0-100 comes up as <=1. It essentially has a 2/101 chance.
19th Aug '17 1:29:07 AM slain
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** The mission briefing for [[ThatOneBoss Selvaria's Last Stand]] states that she will probably dodge head-on attacks, which is true, but then recommends you circumvent that by getting behind her. What the briefing doesn't tell you is that she has an extremely wide field of view, so you must be almost directly behind her for that tactic to work. She also turns toward any unit that hits her for a counter-attack, so good luck getting in two hits from the same unit.

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** The mission briefing for [[ThatOneBoss Selvaria's Last Stand]] states that she will probably dodge head-on attacks, which is true, but then recommends you circumvent that by getting behind her. What the briefing doesn't tell you (and you have to remember from previous sorties where she's appeared) is that she has an extremely wide field of view, that, as a Scout, her vision cone is Scout-standard 270°, so you must be almost directly behind her for that tactic to work. work on approach. She also turns toward any unit that hits her for a counter-attack, so good luck getting in two hits from unless you have a second unit or smoke, you aren't going to hit her with the same unit.unit twice in a phase.
15th Aug '17 1:36:49 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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See also TheComputerIsACheatingBastard, MoonLogicPuzzle (where the answers are there, but the logic isn't), and ManualMisprint. For a similar trope in other media, see UnreliableNarrator.

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See also TheComputerIsACheatingBastard, MoonLogicPuzzle (where the answers are there, but the logic isn't), and ManualMisprint.ManualMisprint (for when the faulty information is in the instruction manual or strategy guide). For a similar trope in other media, see UnreliableNarrator.
15th Aug '17 1:35:24 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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See also TheComputerIsACheatingBastard, MoonLogicPuzzle (where the answers are there, but the logic isn't). For a similar trope in other media, see UnreliableNarrator.

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See also TheComputerIsACheatingBastard, MoonLogicPuzzle (where the answers are there, but the logic isn't).isn't), and ManualMisprint. For a similar trope in other media, see UnreliableNarrator.
30th Jul '17 9:07:19 PM Bismuth83
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* The PSP adaptation of Geronimo Stilton: The Kingdom of Fantasy (which is basically Professor Layton with a license on it) contains a minigame that's supposedly a rhythm game (completing it will even earn you an achievement titled after rhythm). It's actually more akin to Simon. This is made even more confusing by the fact that there's an ACTUAL rhythm game (with ''VideoGame/VibRibbon'' type moving beats) that isn't classified as such. Did the developers not know what a rhythm game was?

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* The PSP adaptation of Geronimo Stilton: ''Literature/GeronimoStilton : The Kingdom of Fantasy Fantasy'' (which is basically Professor Layton ''VideoGame/ProfessorLayton'' with a license on it) contains a minigame that's supposedly a rhythm game (completing it will even earn you an achievement titled after rhythm). It's actually more akin to Simon. This is made even more confusing by the fact that there's an ACTUAL rhythm game (with ''VideoGame/VibRibbon'' type moving beats) that isn't classified as such. Did the developers not know what a rhythm game was?
30th Jul '17 9:04:35 PM Bismuth83
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* The PSP adaptation of Geronimo Stilton: The Kingdom of Fantasy (which is basically Professor Layton with a license on it) contains a minigame that's supposedly a rhythm game (completing it will even earn you an achievement titled after rhythm). It's actually more akin to Simon. This is made even more confusing by the fact that there's an ACTUAL rhythm game (with ''VideoGame/VibRibbon'' type moving beats) that isn't classified as such. Did the developers not know what a rhythm game was?
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