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10th Apr '17 7:09:57 PM erforce
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* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} II'' includes a joke custom map in which the player only controls a single peasant surrounded by dozens of AI enemy controlled units. Predictably, it ends with a defeat after a couple of seconds. The unwinnable status of the mission is even lampshaded in its file name ("Suicide") and ingame description ("If you win, you're ''Warcraft'' god" or something like that). It is possible to win it if you can enter the invincibility cheat quickly enough.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} II'' ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'' includes a joke custom map in which the player only controls a single peasant surrounded by dozens of AI enemy controlled units. Predictably, it ends with a defeat after a couple of seconds. The unwinnable status of the mission is even lampshaded in its file name ("Suicide") and ingame description ("If you win, you're ''Warcraft'' god" or something like that). It is possible to win it if you can enter the invincibility cheat quickly enough.
10th Apr '17 7:07:46 PM Cheeyev
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*[[https://youtu.be/wYxMhCXyTkA Super Releasio 64]] is a joke hack of ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' made by Kaze Emanuar, the creator of both ''VideoGame/SuperMario64LastImpact'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMario64ChaosEdition''. Its sole reason on why it was made was due to the fact that everybody was constantly bugging him about when the former would release. In this game, both this trope and UnwinnableByDesign are in full effect here, as you play as Toad... who speeds up incredibly fast, making the game all but unplayable unless you carefully (and we mean ''carefully'') move him. Somebody has documented how Toad(io) in the game works, [[https://youtu.be/shhLmuBBMi8 which you can see here.]] Other changes include most (if not about all) of the textures have been replaced by Toad's face, all of the text in-game being changed (typically to some sort of variation of Toad), Toad's head and his face are constantly moving around the screen like snow, and all of the instruments for the music have been replaced by Toad's voice from Mario Kart 64. Besides that, it's the same game as Super Mario 64... mostly.
**A brave user by the name of [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6q2uCjVTVO-E0iCqRMgIqQ MadeForReleasio Toad]] has subverted the trope and managed to upload footage of them legitly beating the majority (if not the entirety) of the game via.
21st Mar '17 5:39:11 AM Mineboot45
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---> [[LampshadeHanging "Oh, my life is a joke!"]]
8th Mar '17 9:21:50 AM eroock
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-->--'''Music/LouReed''', ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors''

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-->--'''Music/LouReed''', -->-- '''Music/LouReed''', ''VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors''
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.]]]]
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