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14th Aug '16 6:19:32 PM Qamikace
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* One of your rewards for killing a boss (by yourself or while helping another player) or invading and killing a player in ''Videogame/DemonsSouls'' is the restoring of your body. This means that your HP pool is increased, but also means that you become susceptible to invasions, and that dying will now influence the world you're in into becoming 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.
24th Jun '16 3:49:13 PM themisterfree
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** Similarly, ITV's other game shows- ''Series/CatchPhrase'', ''[[Series/{{Wipeout1988}} Wipeout]]'', ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury''- all were hamstrung by the IBA (ITV's governing body in that era) having imposed a winnings cap after the American quiz show scandals- until 1994 game shows could only give away 6,000 pounds worth of cash and/or prizes a week. As a result, compared to those series' American versions, the stakes were significantly cheaper, One adaptation of ''The Price Is Right'' had gotten in trouble over that (trying to stay closer to the American version and offering more lavish prizes) and they had to modify it rather quickly. [[Series/TheBennyHillShow Benny Hill]] mocked ''Sale'' a few times, and a few of those skits seemed to eerily presage the American ''Temptation'' (see below).

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** Similarly, ITV's other game shows- ''Series/CatchPhrase'', ''[[Series/{{Wipeout1988}} Wipeout]]'', ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury''- ''Series/SaleOfTheCentury'', ''Series/StrikeItLucky''- all were hamstrung by the IBA (ITV's governing body in that era) having imposed a winnings cap after the American quiz show scandals- until 1994 game shows could only give away 6,000 pounds worth of cash and/or prizes a week. As a result, compared to those series' American versions, the stakes were significantly cheaper, One adaptation of ''The Price Is Right'' had gotten in trouble over that (trying to stay closer to the American version and offering more lavish prizes) and they had to modify it rather quickly. [[Series/TheBennyHillShow Benny Hill]] mocked ''Sale'' a few times, and a few of those skits seemed to eerily presage the American ''Temptation'' (see below).
14th Jun '16 6:51:30 PM Lirodon
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*** Any Number has three prizes: a car, a somewhat expensive item (such as a kitchen appliance), and the piggy bank (a cash prize below $10). The car is sought after for the big win while the other two prizes are met with disappointment since they are worth far less. The second prize fits this trope the best, since the piggy bank is basically {{lampshade|Hanging}}d to be a {{Zonk}} by the host[[note]](For example, Drew Carey has joked on a few occasions that the contestant who won the paltry cash prize could go out to eat after the show with the money from the bank that they won)[[/note]].

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*** Any Number has three prizes: a car, a somewhat expensive item (such as a kitchen appliance), and the piggy bank (a cash prize below $10).$10 formed by the remaining numbers, 0 through 9, that are not in the prices of the first two prizes). The car is sought after for the big win while the other two prizes are met with disappointment since they are worth far less. The second prize fits this trope the best, since the piggy bank is basically {{lampshade|Hanging}}d to be a {{Zonk}} by the host[[note]](For example, Drew Carey has joked on a few occasions that the contestant who won the paltry cash prize could go out to eat after the show with the money from the bank that they won)[[/note]].
14th Jun '16 6:50:10 PM Lirodon
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** The Switcheroo game has a car as the top prize to win and four lesser prizes the contestant could also win. More often than not, the contestant would miss out on the car and win something disappointing like a blender or a tape dispenser (basically anything $100 more or less).

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** The Switcheroo game has a car as the top prize to win and four lesser prizes the contestant could also win. win; the object of the game is to fill in a missing number in the price of each using a set of five numbered blocks, so the theoretical goal is to perform a process of elimination by filling in the small prizes first, so that the last number left is the one for the car. More often than not, the contestant would miss out on the car and win something disappointing like a blender or a tape dispenser (basically anything $100 under $99 more or less).
11th Jun '16 3:19:23 PM AsherTye
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*** Though to be fair those gameshows are geared towards kids and Ravioli and Moon Boots would appeal... just not to the parents who would then have to suffer through them as well.
8th May '16 7:31:46 PM themisterfree
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* The former TropeNamer was the Flokati Rug on ''Series/PressYourLuck'', which is probably second to the ''Series/{{Wheel|OfFortune}}'' Dalmatian below as the most recognizable example. It usually appeared only in Round 1, but managed to be won at least twice.

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* The former TropeNamer was the Flokati Rug on ''Series/PressYourLuck'', which is probably second to the ''Series/{{Wheel|OfFortune}}'' Dalmatian below as the most recognizable example. It usually appeared only in Round 1, but managed to be won at least twice.twice (it was also won once in the one-off revival for the ''Gameshow Marathon'' on CBS in 2006).
1st May '16 6:59:19 PM louisXVI
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* "Goodie bags" at children's birthday parties tend to be full of cheap junk from the dollar store.
23rd Apr '16 2:42:00 PM nombretomado
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* The EurovisionSongContest winner gets to host the next year's contest. While this entitles the winner to show huge amounts of tourism ads, getting them made and hosting a contest is basically a huge, expensive hassle and financially impossible for most smaller countries. Often, countries that can't afford to host Eurovision will send in limp squib songs or odd novelty acts in order to avoid winning (resulting in occasional SpringtimeForHitler moments when the novelty ends up being more interesting than anything else in the contest); ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' [[http://satwcomic.com/eurovision-2012 commented on this]] in 2012 (when Greece and Iceland were in the tank economically). Alternatively, they ''can'' turn it down. Granted, there would be a certain loss of face associated with this, but there's no obligation on them to host, as long as they announce their intention ''not'' to host it within a certain time. ''FatherTed'' parodied this during Ireland's string of victories in TheNineties with the Song For Ireland committee intentionally sending Ted and Dougal's [[StylisticSuck godawful song]] through with Ireland getting nil points at the actual Eurovision.

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* The EurovisionSongContest winner gets to host the next year's contest. While this entitles the winner to show huge amounts of tourism ads, getting them made and hosting a contest is basically a huge, expensive hassle and financially impossible for most smaller countries. Often, countries that can't afford to host Eurovision will send in limp squib songs or odd novelty acts in order to avoid winning (resulting in occasional SpringtimeForHitler moments when the novelty ends up being more interesting than anything else in the contest); ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' [[http://satwcomic.com/eurovision-2012 commented on this]] in 2012 (when Greece and Iceland were in the tank economically). Alternatively, they ''can'' turn it down. Granted, there would be a certain loss of face associated with this, but there's no obligation on them to host, as long as they announce their intention ''not'' to host it within a certain time. ''FatherTed'' ''Series/FatherTed'' parodied this during Ireland's string of victories in TheNineties with the Song For Ireland committee intentionally sending Ted and Dougal's [[StylisticSuck godawful song]] through with Ireland getting nil points at the actual Eurovision.
8th Apr '16 6:47:13 PM TheCuza
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* The Possum Lodge Word Game segment of ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' always gives out undesirable prizes, most of which are coupons for local businesses from Possum Lake or the neighbouring town of Port Asbestos.
1st Apr '16 10:26:47 PM jormis29
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* Among the numerous [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks problems]] with the American ''[[Series/{{Temptation 2007}} Temptation: The New $ale of the Century]]'' was its fondness for offering designer women's clothing, perfume, women's jewelry, etc. as prizes (in place of the "unisex" vacations, household appliances, furniture, etc. which its predecessors offered), which few male contestants would be interested in. One particularly bad offender was a prize package which included backstage passes to a ''[[MrFanservice Chippendales]]'' show, although the contestant who won it was female.

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* Among the numerous [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks problems]] with the American ''[[Series/{{Temptation 2007}} Temptation: The New $ale of the Century]]'' was its fondness for offering designer women's clothing, perfume, women's jewelry, etc. as prizes (in place of the "unisex" vacations, household appliances, furniture, etc. which its predecessors offered), which few male contestants would be interested in. One particularly bad offender was a prize package which included backstage passes to a ''[[MrFanservice ''[[ChippendalesDancers Chippendales]]'' show, although the contestant who won it was female.
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