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28th May '16 6:07:53 AM Iampureevil
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28th May '16 6:07:48 AM Iampureevil
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Compare UnwinnableByMistake, where the game cannot be won because of a design flaw, UnwinnableByDesign, which is a serious game that is designed so that certain circumstances will render it unwinnable, as well as EndlessGame and WideOpenSandbox, which don't have a win condition in the first place, and UnwinnableTrainingSimulation if it's meant as a practice run. For games (including joke games) that are horrendously difficult but have a win condition that is intended to be actually ''achievable'', the trope you're looking for is NintendoHard.

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Compare UnwinnableByMistake, where the game cannot be won because of a design flaw, UnwinnableByDesign, which is a serious game that is designed so that certain circumstances will render it unwinnable, as well as EndlessGame and WideOpenSandbox, which don't have a win condition in the first place, and UnwinnableTrainingSimulation if it's meant as a practice run. For games (including joke games) that are horrendously difficult but have a win condition that is intended to be actually ''achievable'', the trope you're looking for is NintendoHard.
NintendoHard (or, in very extreme cases, PlatformHell)
2nd May '16 7:17:39 AM Briguy52748
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* ''Series/TruthOrConsequences'': Virtually every time, a T or C stunt or skit was set up with one of these, a riddle that either is impossible for any reasonable person to answer, or a time limit that elapses so quickly that no one has a chance to even begin the process of answering.


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* LooneyTunes and MerrieMelodies:
** "The Ducksters," a 1950 cartoon starring DaffyDuck and PorkyPig, a parody of the then-popular ''Series/TruthOrConsequences''. The questions are even more ridiculously impossible than the real life show (e.g., ""Who, mind you WHO, was the referee for the New Zealand heavyweight championship fight in 1726"). Although Porky is able to avert the trope several times with unexpected correct answers (for instance, he successfully answers "Arbuckle Dreen" to the New Zealand boxing match question), other times the question is just plain intentionally impossible to answer, resulting in Porky suffering brutal punishment. One example has Daffy asking Porky to identify Mrs. Shush (a parody of a recurring ''T or C'' contest) from only a horribly scratched record (which Daffy claims is Shush "brushing her teeth on Wednesdays"), before taking him to meet "her" (Mame, a gorilla that is a little too affectionate). Eventually, Porky is able to turn the tables on Daffy with a few impossible questions of his own, with Daffy on the receiving end.
13th Apr '16 12:48:34 PM case
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* Likewise, the "Smoke & Mirrors" game in ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors'' has its own [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWlbzdaJJ_s Impossible Mode]], where Music/LouReed appears and kills [[Creator/PennAndTeller the duo]] by shooting lightning from his eyes, then tells the player, "[[ExactWords Impossible doesn't mean very difficult.]] Very difficult is winning the Nobel Prize; impossible is eating the Sun."

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* Likewise, the ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors'':
** The
"Smoke & Mirrors" game in ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors'' has its own [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWlbzdaJJ_s Impossible Mode]], where Music/LouReed appears and kills [[Creator/PennAndTeller the duo]] by shooting lightning from his eyes, then tells the player, "[[ExactWords Impossible doesn't mean very difficult.]] Very difficult is winning the Nobel Prize; impossible is eating the Sun.""
** Many of the other games in the unreleased collection are pranks set up in favour of player one, making them Unwinnable Joke Games for player two.
29th Mar '16 4:01:45 AM LucaEarlgrey
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->''"This is the Impossible difficulty, boys. Impossible doesn't mean very difficult. Very difficult is winning the Nobel Prize; impossible is eating the Sun."''

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->''"This is the Impossible difficulty, boys. Impossible 'Impossible' doesn't mean very difficult.'very difficult'. Very difficult is winning the Nobel Prize; impossible is eating the Sun."''
18th Mar '16 12:37:44 PM radiaki
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* Ithe BritCom ''Mr. Don and Mr. George'', the two title characters are shown playing a board game, which George is winning by declaring a series of increasingly bizarre moves. It is then revealed that Don never gets ''any'' moves, and the game is called "George, You're Simply the Best."

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* Ithe In the BritCom ''Mr. Don and Mr. George'', the two title characters are shown playing a board game, which George is winning by declaring a series of increasingly bizarre moves. It is then revealed that Don never gets ''any'' moves, and the game is called "George, You're Simply the Best."
18th Mar '16 12:36:56 PM radiaki
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[-[[caption-width-right:250:Nobody has won. Nobody ever will.[[note]][[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_giTK__WVOw&ab_channel=AlbertC This guy]] does okay.[[/note]]]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:250:Nobody has won. Nobody ever will.[[note]][[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_giTK__WVOw&ab_channel=AlbertC This guy]] does okay.[[/note]]]]-]]]-]



* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joke_chess_problem#Self-solving_problems this]] self-solving ''TabletopGame/{{Chess}}'' problem as being an un''lose''able joke game. Its goal is to mate the black king in six moves, however all of white's legal moves lead invariably to checkmate after six moves.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] Inverted with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joke_chess_problem#Self-solving_problems this]] self-solving ''TabletopGame/{{Chess}}'' problem as being an un''lose''able joke game. Its goal is to mate the black king in six moves, however all of white's legal moves lead invariably to checkmate after six moves.



* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' has a hidden difficulty "reallyjoel's Dad". Supposedly, you have two minuets to kill all the enemies and get to the exit or you explode. Not only is killing all the enemies in two minutes completely impossible, but the source code reveals that the laser barrier blocking the exit won't open even if you do. Unless, of course, you're [[MemeticBadass reallyjoel's Dad]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' has a hidden difficulty "reallyjoel's Dad". Supposedly, you have two minuets minutes to kill all the enemies and get to the exit or you explode. Not only is killing all the enemies in two minutes completely impossible, but the source code reveals that the laser barrier blocking the exit won't open even if you do. Unless, of course, you're [[MemeticBadass reallyjoel's Dad]].



* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has [[http://xkcd.com/724/ a strip]] about ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''. Predictably, someone on the internet [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/banthar/hell-tetris made a game]] like that. And some managed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reFPscApObs to score lines in it]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has [[http://xkcd.com/724/ a strip]] about ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}''. Predictably, someone on the internet [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/banthar/hell-tetris made a game]] like that. And some managed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reFPscApObs to score score]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_giTK__WVOw lines in it]].



* An in-universe example appears in the BritCom ''Mr. Don and Mr. George''. The two title characters are shown playing a board game, which George is winning by declaring a series of increasingly bizarre moves. It is then revealed that Don never gets ''any'' moves, and the game is called "George, You're Simply the Best."

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* An in-universe example appears in the Ithe BritCom ''Mr. Don and Mr. George''. The George'', the two title characters are shown playing a board game, which George is winning by declaring a series of increasingly bizarre moves. It is then revealed that Don never gets ''any'' moves, and the game is called "George, You're Simply the Best."
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