History Main / UndesirablePrize

26th Sep '17 12:02:55 PM Eddy1215
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To clarify: in order to be an "undesirable prize", it has to a: have more than token value and b: be offered ''in good faith'' by the giver. If it's not, then what you have is a {{Zonk}}.

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To clarify: in order to be an "undesirable prize", it has to a: have more than token value and b: be offered ''in good faith'' by the giver. If it's not, then what you have is a {{Zonk}}. For moments where the prize for the runner ups are better than the winner's, see SecondPlaceIsForWinners.



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* In ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'', collecting 50 Sunset Sarsaparilla Star Caps leads to Festus [[spoiler:telling you the "true story" of how Sunset Sarsaparilla was made]]. Afterwards, if you tell him how worthless this prize is, he'll tell you an alternate, physical prize is available deeper in the Sunset Sarsaparilla factory, which turns out to be [[spoiler:a bunch of toy badges, along with the corpse of an equally-obsessed collector and his powerful unique laser pistol. That and 1500 regular bottle caps as well.]] Since everyone only knows about the offer of a prize and not the prize itself people (including the player themself if willing) have killed for the bottlecaps. This quest is also after you looked high and low for ''100'' of these little suckers hidden across the entire Mojave desert or drank enough Sarsaparilla to kill a grown man for the 5% chance of finding one.
* ''Videogame/MegaRace'' exclusively offered these. In return for engaging in death defying races with dangerous criminals, you could win such things as cheap seat covers for your car, a copy of host Lance Boyle's autobiography (don't worry, it's a fake. You just get the cover), a night out with yourself (all expenses paid by you), or a genuine Scottish accent.
* One of your rewards for killing a boss (by yourself or while helping another player) or invading and killing a player in ''Videogame/DemonsSouls'' and ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is the restoring of your body. This means that your HP pool is increased and you can summon other players to help, but also means that you become susceptible to invasions. In ''Demon's Souls'', dying also influences World Tendency, which makes makes them harder, potentially losing access to certain items or events altogether. Most people just return to the hub world and kill themselves upon achieving those objectives to be in soul form again without affecting World Tendency.

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* In ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'', ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', collecting 50 Sunset Sarsaparilla Star Caps leads to Festus [[spoiler:telling you the "true story" of how Sunset Sarsaparilla was made]]. Afterwards, if you tell him how worthless this prize is, he'll tell you an alternate, physical prize is available deeper in the Sunset Sarsaparilla factory, which turns out to be [[spoiler:a bunch of toy badges, along with the corpse of an equally-obsessed collector and his powerful unique laser pistol. That and 1500 regular bottle caps as well.]] Since everyone only knows about the offer of a prize and not the prize itself people (including the player themself if willing) have killed for the bottlecaps. This quest is also after you looked high and low for ''100'' of these little suckers hidden across the entire Mojave desert or drank enough Sarsaparilla to kill a grown man for the 5% chance of finding one.
* ''Videogame/MegaRace'' ''VideoGame/MegaRace'' exclusively offered these. In return for engaging in death defying races with dangerous criminals, you could win such things as cheap seat covers for your car, a copy of host Lance Boyle's autobiography (don't worry, it's a fake. You just get the cover), a night out with yourself (all expenses paid by you), or a genuine Scottish accent.
* One of your rewards for killing a boss (by yourself or while helping another player) or invading and killing a player in ''Videogame/DemonsSouls'' ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' and ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is the restoring of your body. This means that your HP pool is increased and you can summon other players to help, but also means that you become susceptible to invasions. In ''Demon's Souls'', dying also influences World Tendency, which makes makes them harder, potentially losing access to certain items or events altogether. Most people just return to the hub world and kill themselves upon achieving those objectives to be in soul form again without affecting World Tendency.



* {{Inverted}} on ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' during their appearance on a parody of ''GameShow/ThePriceIsRight''. They ''wanted'' the dog food, but kept winning the big prizes instead.

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* {{Inverted}} on ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' during their appearance on a parody of ''GameShow/ThePriceIsRight''. They ''wanted'' the dog food, [[SpringtimeForHitler but kept winning the big prizes instead.instead]].



* Every prize on ''Yogi's Space Race'' is this due to some catch that doesn't get mentioned until the last minute.

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* Every prize on ''Yogi's Space Race'' ''WesternAnimation/YogisSpaceRace'' is this due to some catch [[NowYouTellMe that doesn't get mentioned until the last minute.minute]].
11th Aug '17 10:33:56 PM Lirodon
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* Winner's of ''Series/{{Conan}}''[='s=] "Basic Cable Name That Tune" are awarded such dubious prizes as a sack of barber hair, a cake that nobody ever picked up from the bakery (with the frosting reading "Hope your operation was a success!"), or a jar full of an unidentified white ooze with a handwritten label reading "NUZZ".

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* Winner's Winners of ''Series/{{Conan}}''[='s=] "Basic Cable Name That Tune" are awarded such dubious prizes as a sack of barber hair, a cake that nobody ever picked up from the bakery (with the frosting reading "Hope your operation was a success!"), or a [[{{Squick}} jar full of an unidentified white ooze with a handwritten label reading "NUZZ".]]
24th Jul '17 6:35:13 PM KoopaKid17
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*** Trips to locations other than Southern California ''where the show is taped.'' (Worth noting that ''Price'' doesn't fly in contestants; it calls them down from an audience that got there on their own.)

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*** Trips to locations other than in Southern California ''where the show is taped.'' (Worth noting that ''Price'' doesn't fly in contestants; it calls them down from an audience that got there on their own.)
24th Jul '17 1:12:49 AM infernape612
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** Its SequelSeries, ''Series/{{Whammy}}!'', had tons of these, especially in Round 1. Who wanted $300 worth of M&M's when $300 was also the lowest cash amount on the board? Just look at all the prizes on [[http://gscentral.net/nprize.htm this list]] worth $300 or less '''all 100+ of them'''
** To a lesser extent was the infamous "Jog & Tramp" that consisted of a pair of mini trampolines used as an exercise device

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** Its SequelSeries, ''Series/{{Whammy}}!'', had tons of these, especially in Round 1. Who wanted $300 worth of M&M's when $300 was also the lowest cash amount on the board? Just look at all the prizes on [[http://gscentral.net/nprize.htm this list]] worth $300 or less '''all 100+ of them'''
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** To a lesser extent was the infamous "Jog & Tramp" that consisted of a pair of mini trampolines used as an exercise devicedevice.
20th Jul '17 9:46:31 AM KoopaKid17
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*** Trips to other locations in California ([[SubvertedTrope excluding San Francisco]]), including one to Hollywood ''where the show tapes.'' (Worth noting that ''Price'' doesn't fly in contestants; it calls them down from an audience that got there on their own.)

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*** Trips to other locations in other than Southern California ([[SubvertedTrope excluding San Francisco]]), including one to Hollywood ''where the show tapes.is taped.'' (Worth noting that ''Price'' doesn't fly in contestants; it calls them down from an audience that got there on their own.)
4th Jun '17 7:18:23 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Also, Greenlight didn't help anything, a research from 2016 shows that nearly 40% of all games from ''the whole Steam catalogue'' were released in that year, Steam getting overflowed with shovelware not even worthy of school projects is a criticism Valve is receiving.

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** Also, Greenlight didn't help anything, a research anything. Research from a group called Steam Spy in 2016 shows that nearly 40% '''[[https://twitter.com/Steam_Spy/status/804072335997358084 38 per cent]]''' of all games from ''the whole Steam catalogue'' were released in that year, year (which is 4207 games. Compare this to 2015's 2964 new games making 26% of all games on the catalouge). Steam getting overflowed with shovelware {{UsefulNotes/Shovelware}} not even worthy of school projects is a criticism Valve is receiving.
4th Jun '17 7:06:00 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''VideoGame/MarioKart8'' has the coin. Normally you can find these littering the road or snag them from other players but they become undesirable if you get the, from and item box (especially if you're neck and neck for first place). If you have 10 it increases your max speed (which is good) but the drawback is that you drop ''3'' every time you get hit (destroying the whole point of them). Coins serve no defensive purpose, unlike shells and the Super Horn, and you'll ''still'' get them in item boxes even if the tournament is designed for one type of items. Their only purpose coins have is to unlock more car parts, each with hefty costs.

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* ''VideoGame/MarioKart8'' has the coin. Normally you can find these littering the road or snag them from other players but they become undesirable if you get the, them from and an item box (especially if you're neck and neck for first place). If you have 10 it increases your max speed (which is good) but the drawback is that you drop ''3'' '''3''' every time you get hit which also stops you in place (destroying the whole point of them).having ten). Coins serve no defensive purpose, unlike shells and the Super Horn, and you'll ''still'' get them in item boxes even if the tournament is designed for one type of items. Their only purpose coins have is to unlock more car parts, parts each with hefty costs.
4th Jun '17 6:43:13 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* In ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'', collecting 50 Sunset Sarsaparilla Star Caps leads to Festus [[spoiler:telling you the "true story" of how Sunset Sarsaparilla was made]]. Afterwards, if you tell him how worthless this prize is, he'll tell you an alternate, physical prize is available deeper in the Sunset Sarsaparilla factory, which turns out to be [[spoiler:a bunch of toy badges, along with the corpse of an equally-obsessed collector and his powerful unique laser pistol.]]

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* In ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'', collecting 50 Sunset Sarsaparilla Star Caps leads to Festus [[spoiler:telling you the "true story" of how Sunset Sarsaparilla was made]]. Afterwards, if you tell him how worthless this prize is, he'll tell you an alternate, physical prize is available deeper in the Sunset Sarsaparilla factory, which turns out to be [[spoiler:a bunch of toy badges, along with the corpse of an equally-obsessed collector and his powerful unique laser pistol.]] That and 1500 regular bottle caps as well.]] Since everyone only knows about the offer of a prize and not the prize itself people (including the player themself if willing) have killed for the bottlecaps. This quest is also after you looked high and low for ''100'' of these little suckers hidden across the entire Mojave desert or drank enough Sarsaparilla to kill a grown man for the 5% chance of finding one.


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* ''VideoGame/MarioKart8'' has the coin. Normally you can find these littering the road or snag them from other players but they become undesirable if you get the, from and item box (especially if you're neck and neck for first place). If you have 10 it increases your max speed (which is good) but the drawback is that you drop ''3'' every time you get hit (destroying the whole point of them). Coins serve no defensive purpose, unlike shells and the Super Horn, and you'll ''still'' get them in item boxes even if the tournament is designed for one type of items. Their only purpose coins have is to unlock more car parts, each with hefty costs.
29th May '17 10:08:21 PM nombretomado
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* Pretty much par-for-the-course with the prizes on the "May I Have a Word?" ShowWithinAShow interstitials on ''WordGirl''.

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* Pretty much par-for-the-course with the prizes on the "May I Have a Word?" ShowWithinAShow interstitials on ''WordGirl''.''WesternAnimation/WordGirl''.



* ''[[{{Peanuts}} You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown]]'' features a motocross race where the prize was originally two tickets to the Pro Bowl...but they couldn't get them, so they got a gift certificate good for five free haircuts at the last minute. Of course, this is the one thing that Charlie Brown ''actually wins''...and gets a gift certificate that's worthless to him because his dad is a barber, and of course, [[CharlieBrownBaldness his unique baldness]].

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* ''[[{{Peanuts}} ''[[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown]]'' features a motocross race where the prize was originally two tickets to the Pro Bowl...but they couldn't get them, so they got a gift certificate good for five free haircuts at the last minute. Of course, this is the one thing that Charlie Brown ''actually wins''...and gets a gift certificate that's worthless to him because his dad is a barber, and of course, [[CharlieBrownBaldness his unique baldness]].
5th May '17 11:18:05 AM Lirodon
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* In a ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'', the winner of the [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign apparently]] Dutch game show ''Feelyat!'' happily goes home with a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig.
* Winner's of ''Series/{{Conan}}''[='s=] "Basic Cable Name That Tune" are awarded such dubious prizes as a sack of barber hair, a cake that nobody ever picked up from the bakery (with the frosting reading "Hope your operation was a success!"), or a jar full of an unidentified white ooze with a handwritten label reading "NUZZ".
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