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3rd Feb '17 1:02:37 PM GearWax
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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 (or, in very extreme cases, PlatformHell)

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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, UnwinnableByInsanity, which is a game that is rendered unwinnable by the player doing things which no one would think to do, 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 (or, in very extreme cases, PlatformHell)
14th Jan '17 2:00:45 PM StFan
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* LooneyTunes and MerrieMelodies: "WesternAnimation/TheDucksters," a 1950 cartoon starring WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and WesternAnimation/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 Ms. 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" (actually Mamie, [[KillerGorilla an ill-tempered gorilla]]). Eventually, Porky is able to turn the tables on Daffy when he takes the prize money Daffy gives him to mollify his temper, buys the radio station, and gives Daffy an impossible question of his own.

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* LooneyTunes WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and MerrieMelodies: "WesternAnimation/TheDucksters," WesternAnimation/MerrieMelodies: "WesternAnimation/TheDucksters", a 1950 cartoon starring WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and WesternAnimation/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 Ms. 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" (actually Mamie, [[KillerGorilla an ill-tempered gorilla]]). Eventually, Porky is able to turn the tables on Daffy when he takes the prize money Daffy gives him to mollify his temper, buys the radio station, and gives Daffy an impossible question of his own.
9th Jan '17 5:55:11 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[http://redcarpetrampage.com/ Red Carpet Rampage]]'' is a flash game where you play as LeonardoDiCaprio trying to win an Oscar. The game is programmed to keep getting harder and harder until you lose, [[AwardSnub making it unwinnable.]] The developers have stated that if DiCaprio himself ever contacts them, they'll give him a cheat code to a special ending.
** Subverted, now that LeonardoDiCaprio actually won an Oscar, they programmed in an ending and a boss fight.

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* ''[[http://redcarpetrampage.com/ Red Carpet Rampage]]'' is a flash game where you play as LeonardoDiCaprio Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio trying to win an Oscar. The game is programmed to keep getting harder and harder until you lose, [[AwardSnub making it unwinnable.]] The developers have stated that if DiCaprio [=DiCaprio=] himself ever contacts them, they'll give him a cheat code to a special ending.
** Subverted, now that LeonardoDiCaprio Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio actually won an Oscar, they programmed in an ending and a boss fight.
28th Dec '16 5:17:35 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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** One man who did this ended up in the ''WebOriginal/DarwinAwards''.
12th Dec '16 6:34:31 PM jenngra505
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** Subverted, now that LeonardoDiCaprio actually won an Oscar, they programmed in an ending and a boss fight.
10th Dec '16 11:58:38 PM Nakuyabi
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* A non-game version appears in this [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem Democratic Party]] [[http://www.romneytaxplan.com/ web ad]], which presents a {{big red button}} to "GET THE DETAILS" about Republican candidate Mitt Romney's tax plan. The button dodges away whenever the cursor approaches it, as a visual metaphor for the ad's accusation of evasiveness. It's actually possible to press the button by using the keyboard, but it doesn't do anything anyway.

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* A non-game version appears in this [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem Democratic Party]] [[http://www.romneytaxplan.com/ web ad]], which presents a {{big red button}} to "GET THE DETAILS" about Republican candidate Mitt Romney's tax plan. The button dodges away whenever hilarious [[GameMod game hack]] ''[[http://www.baddesthacks.net/?p=1153 Uwe Boll's Punch Out!!]]'' allows you (as "Little Tax") to take on Uwe Boll in the cursor approaches it, as a visual metaphor for boxing ring. [[spoiler: Punches score points but do no damage and you can't run out the ad's accusation clock since it's not running. Possible subversion: if Little Tax survives long enough, Uwe Boll ''does'' eventually run out of evasiveness. It's actually possible to press moves. [[ShaggyDogStory Then the button by using the keyboard, but it doesn't do anything anyway.game crashes.]]]]
5th Dec '16 7:20:56 PM Coolnut
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* One of the earliest computerized examples is ''[[http://history-computer.com/Dreamers/Torres_chess.html El Ajedrecista]]'' (lit. "chess player") from ''1914'', a game against a [[TabletopGame/{{Chess}} chess automaton]] in which a human player plays a bare king against the automaton's king and rook. As any chess player with ''some'' knowledge of the endgame will tell you, the player cannot win or stalemate, and will inevitably be checkmated.

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* One of the earliest computerized examples is ''[[http://history-computer.com/Dreamers/Torres_chess.html El Ajedrecista]]'' (lit. Ajedrecista]]''[[note]]Spanish for "chess player") player"[[/note]] from ''1914'', a game against a [[TabletopGame/{{Chess}} chess automaton]] in which a human player plays a bare king against the automaton's king and rook. As any chess player with ''some'' knowledge of the endgame will tell you, the player cannot win or stalemate, and will inevitably be checkmated.
5th Dec '16 6:08:43 PM Coolnut
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* One of the earliest computerized examples is ''[[http://history-computer.com/Dreamers/Torres_chess.html El Ajedrecista]]'' (lit. "chess player"), a game with a [[TabletopGame/{{Chess}} chess automaton]] in which a human player plays a bare king versus the automaton's king and rook. As any chess player will tell you, the player cannot win or stalemate, and will inevitably be checkmated.

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* One of the earliest computerized examples is ''[[http://history-computer.com/Dreamers/Torres_chess.html El Ajedrecista]]'' (lit. "chess player"), player") from ''1914'', a game with against a [[TabletopGame/{{Chess}} chess automaton]] in which a human player plays a bare king versus against the automaton's king and rook. As any chess player with ''some'' knowledge of the endgame will tell you, the player cannot win or stalemate, and will inevitably be checkmated.
5th Dec '16 6:04:46 PM Coolnut
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* One of the earliest computerized examples is ''[[http://history-computer.com/Dreamers/Torres_chess.html El Ajedrecista]]'' (lit. "chess player"), a game with a [[TabletopGame/{{Chess}} chess automaton]] in which a human player plays a bare king versus the automaton's king and rook. As any chess player will tell you, the player cannot win or stalemate, and will inevitably be checkmated.
24th Oct '16 10:28:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* The French equivalent of ''Main/TheOnion'', called ''Le Gorafi'', hyped Twitter about a mini-game, ''Super Gorafi News Turbo'' where the player could experiment the day of a journalist working there by collecting microphones and verified sources and beating some bosses at the end of the levels. Several screenshots were even published on the Twitter account of the satirical website and it was announced that the game would contain a dozen of levels. When the game was released, it appeared that [[spoiler:it was impossible to jump over the first hole of the first level. Hacking the source code in order to pass these holes revealed that the level consisted basically of these two holes and then, nothing. Worst of all, some people on Twitter [[BandwagonTechnique jumped into the bandwagon by bragging how killing some bosses was hard.]] and were even ''retweeted'' from ''Le Gorafi''! Considering that the game was made by a professional graphic designer, why the hell would he put any effort to code a full-fledged game if he couldn't get any income from it?]]

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* The French equivalent of ''Main/TheOnion'', ''Website/TheOnion'', called ''Le Gorafi'', hyped Twitter about a mini-game, ''Super Gorafi News Turbo'' where the player could experiment the day of a journalist working there by collecting microphones and verified sources and beating some bosses at the end of the levels. Several screenshots were even published on the Twitter account of the satirical website and it was announced that the game would contain a dozen of levels. When the game was released, it appeared that [[spoiler:it was impossible to jump over the first hole of the first level. Hacking the source code in order to pass these holes revealed that the level consisted basically of these two holes and then, nothing. Worst of all, some people on Twitter [[BandwagonTechnique jumped into the bandwagon by bragging how killing some bosses was hard.]] and were even ''retweeted'' from ''Le Gorafi''! Considering that the game was made by a professional graphic designer, why the hell would he put any effort to code a full-fledged game if he couldn't get any income from it?]]
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