History Main / YouCantGetYeFlask

1st Aug '16 9:26:42 AM Willbyr
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[[quoteright:358:[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Flask.JPG]]]]
[[caption-width-right:358:"And there's no precious graphics to help, either."]]

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[[quoteright:358:[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner [[quoteright:350:[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Flask.JPG]]]]
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there's no precious graphics to help, either."]]
28th Jul '16 4:57:59 AM Andyroid
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What? With your bare hands?
** To kill the dragon, you actually have to [[BluntYes answer that question with "yes"]].

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What? With your what? Your bare hands?
** To kill the dragon, you actually have to [[BluntYes [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder answer that question question]] [[BluntYes with "yes"]].
25th Jul '16 3:04:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in ''HugosHouseOfHorrors'':

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* Parodied in ''HugosHouseOfHorrors'':''VideoGame/HugosHouseOfHorrors'':
18th Jul '16 6:09:23 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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-->-- '''[[http://www.sydlexia.com/mysteryhouse.htm SydLexia]]''', reviewing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_House Mystery House]]

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-->-- '''[[http://www.sydlexia.com/mysteryhouse.htm SydLexia]]''', reviewing [[http://en.''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_House Mystery House]]
House]]''
17th Jul '16 7:12:08 PM BillyMT
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* Parodied in an episode of the ''Limmy's Show'' sketch "Adventure Call" (part adventure game, part premium-rate phone-in game show), when a contestant encounters a troll. He attempts both "Get troll" and "Put troll in {{bag|OfHolding}}" to no avail, before attempting "Get troll" again, learning that Falconhoof doesn't understand how to "get" the troll. But then...

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* Parodied in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TancpHm4f4A an episode episode]] of the ''Limmy's Show'' sketch "Adventure Call" (part adventure game, part premium-rate phone-in game show), when a contestant encounters a troll. He attempts both "Get troll" and "Put troll in {{bag|OfHolding}}" to no avail, before attempting "Get troll" again, learning that Falconhoof doesn't understand how to "get" the troll. But then...
17th Jul '16 3:46:52 PM Angeldeb82
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** {{Infocom}} and Legend games likewise do not accept "look <object>" or "use <object>" on grounds that they aren't meaningful sentences. Nitpicky, nitpicky.

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** {{Infocom}} Creator/{{Infocom}} and Legend games likewise do not accept "look <object>" or "use <object>" on grounds that they aren't meaningful sentences. Nitpicky, nitpicky.



* Parodied in an episode of the ''Limmy's Show'' sketch "Adventure Call" (part adventure game, part premium-rate phone-in game show), when a contestant encounters a troll. He attempts both "Get troll" and "Put troll in [[BagOfHolding bag]]" to no avail, before attempting "Get troll" again, learning that Falconhoof doesn't understand how to "get" the troll. But then...

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* Parodied in an episode of the ''Limmy's Show'' sketch "Adventure Call" (part adventure game, part premium-rate phone-in game show), when a contestant encounters a troll. He attempts both "Get troll" and "Put troll in [[BagOfHolding bag]]" {{bag|OfHolding}}" to no avail, before attempting "Get troll" again, learning that Falconhoof doesn't understand how to "get" the troll. But then...



-->'''Falconhoof:''' ''([[{{Beat}} beat]])'' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Game over!]]

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-->'''Falconhoof:''' ''([[{{Beat}} beat]])'' ''({{beat}})'' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere Game over!]]



* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': In addition to the TropeNamer example, this became a running joke, appearing in ''VideoGame/ThyDungeonman'' ([[LoadBearingBoss as the dungeon caves in on you]]), and appearing as a point-garnering command in ''Thy Dungeonman 2''. In ''Thy Dungeonman 3'', getting ye flask becomes the object of the game. And ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'' features the "ye flask" again, and an extended rant about people insensitively leaving "ye flasks" out without letting people get them.

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* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': In addition to the TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} example, this became a running joke, appearing in ''VideoGame/ThyDungeonman'' ([[LoadBearingBoss as the dungeon caves in on you]]), and appearing as a point-garnering command in ''Thy Dungeonman 2''. In ''Thy Dungeonman 3'', getting ye flask becomes the object of the game. And ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'' features the "ye flask" again, and an extended rant about people insensitively leaving "ye flasks" out without letting people get them.



** [[Webcomic/{{Jailbreak}} What]] [[RunningGag pumpkin]]?

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** [[Webcomic/{{Jailbreak}} What]] [[RunningGag pumpkin]]?pumpkin?]]



* [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=199 This]] page of {{The Noob}}.
* [[IncrediblyLamePun uni.x]][[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} kcd.com]] ([[http://uni.xkcd.com/ viewable here]]) is all about this:

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* [[http://www.thenoobcomic.com/index.php?pos=199 This]] page of {{The Noob}}.
TheNoob.
* [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} uni.x]][[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} kcd.com]] ([[http://uni.xkcd.com/ viewable here]]) is all about this:



-->'''[[AC:[[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace You can't do that [somehow]]].]]'''

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-->'''[[AC:[[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace You can't do that [somehow]]].]]'''[somehow].]]]]'''



* Parodied in the famous "[[http://www.oldmanmurray.com/features/77.html Death of Adventure Games]]" article of Website/{{OldManMurray}}.

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* Parodied in the famous "[[http://www.oldmanmurray.com/features/77.html Death of Adventure Games]]" article of Website/{{OldManMurray}}.Website/OldManMurray.



* The {{Xbox One}}'s voice recognition can feel like this sometimes, due to the unintuitive nature of some of the commands and the fact that a list of commands is not included with the console (though one can be found on the official Xbox support forums). For instance, the command to play a game. Xbox, play game? No. Xbox, start game? Nope. Xbox, launch (name of game)? Not happening. What's the command, then? "Xbox, GO TO (name of game)". Which it's doubtful anyone would think to say without looking it up. Another thing: you can say "Xbox on" to power the Xbox up, but saying "Xbox off" doesn't turn it off. You have to say "Xbox, ''turn'' off", which isn't all that logical.

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* The {{Xbox One}}'s UserNotes/XboxOne's voice recognition can feel like this sometimes, due to the unintuitive nature of some of the commands and the fact that a list of commands is not included with the console (though one can be found on the official Xbox support forums). For instance, the command to play a game. Xbox, play game? No. Xbox, start game? Nope. Xbox, launch (name of game)? Not happening. What's the command, then? "Xbox, GO TO (name of game)". Which it's doubtful anyone would think to say without looking it up. Another thing: you can say "Xbox on" to power the Xbox up, but saying "Xbox off" doesn't turn it off. You have to say "Xbox, ''turn'' off", which isn't all that logical.
17th Jul '16 3:43:05 PM Angeldeb82
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For example, let's say the command to look at a monster was "look monster". If you typed in "look at monster", the game might say something like "I don't know how to do that" or "I don't see an 'at' here". This got better over time, but never completely disappeared before command-line interfaces went out of style. Still, the text parser remained a staff favorite, as it allowed them to anticipate what the player might type in a given situation. Should the player's input be totally off-the-wall (such as 'pick nose'), [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything they would create a suitably off-the-wall response]].

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For example, let's say the command to look at a monster was "look monster". If you typed in "look at monster", the game might say something like "I don't know how to do that" or "I don't see an 'at' here". This got better over time, but never completely disappeared before command-line interfaces went out of style. Still, the text parser remained a staff favorite, as it allowed them to anticipate what the player might type in a given situation. Should the player's input be totally off-the-wall (such as 'pick nose'), [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything [[DevelopersForesight they would create a suitably off-the-wall response]].



-->'''Strong Bad''': And you'd be all like "get ye flask", and it'd say "[[TropeNamer You can't get ye flask]]", and you'd just have to sit there and imagine ''why on Earth'' you can't get ye flask! Because the game's certainly not going to tell you.

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-->'''Strong Bad''': And you'd be all like "get ye flask", and it'd say "[[TropeNamer "[[TropeNamers You can't get ye flask]]", and you'd just have to sit there and imagine ''why on Earth'' you can't get ye flask! Because the game's certainly not going to tell you.



Sometimes called "Guess The Verb" or "Guess The Syntax". The "ye" comes from YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. The equivalent frustration in non-parser PointAndClick games is the PixelHunt. Contrast TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything, if you are working with an exceptionally good text parser.

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Sometimes called "Guess The Verb" or "Guess The Syntax". The "ye" comes from YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe. The equivalent frustration in non-parser PointAndClick games is the PixelHunt. Contrast TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything, DevelopersForesight, if you are working with an exceptionally good text parser.



* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''VideoGame/DetectiveGrimoire'''s sequel, where there is a mix-and-match question-asking function displayed in one of the trailers.

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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] {{Averted|Trope}} in ''VideoGame/DetectiveGrimoire'''s sequel, where there is a mix-and-match question-asking function displayed in one of the trailers.



* Among the many frustrating puzzles in ''StarshipTitanic'' is obtaining one of Titania's (the ship's AI) broken eyes. It's one of four similar-looking globes (the others are lightbulbs). You can't just reach out and grab it, even though you can poke it and the game will tell you what it is. You have to summon the Bellbot, hold your cursor over the correct one and type: "Get the broken eye". "Get the eye", "Hand me the eye", "Give me Titania's eye", or "Give the eye to me" will not work. Worse, "Get the broken bulb" also works.

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* Among the many frustrating puzzles in ''StarshipTitanic'' ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'' is obtaining one of Titania's (the ship's AI) broken eyes. It's one of four similar-looking globes (the others are lightbulbs). You can't just reach out and grab it, even though you can poke it and the game will tell you what it is. You have to summon the Bellbot, hold your cursor over the correct one and type: "Get the broken eye". "Get the eye", "Hand me the eye", "Give me Titania's eye", or "Give the eye to me" will not work. Worse, "Get the broken bulb" also works.



* "The Six Foot Tall Man Eating Chicken" has a pretty big one. There is a cork. There is a bucket with a hole in it. Putting the two together? "Plug" doesn't work. "Use" doesn't work...[[spoiler: Solution is PUT. Which is never mentioned]]

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* "The Six Foot Tall Man Eating Chicken" has a pretty big one. There is a cork. There is a bucket with a hole in it. Putting the two together? "Plug" doesn't work. "Use" doesn't work...[[spoiler: Solution is PUT. Which is never mentioned]]mentioned.]]



* ''[[VideoGame/OperatorsSide LifeLine]]'' on the [=PS2=] plays similarly to a text adventure, albeit one controlled by the player's voice than with a keyboard. Aside from the [[FakeDifficulty joys of iffy voice recognition]] causing much frustration and the genre standard [[GuessTheVerb Guess the Noun]] portions, there are several instances in which very specific phrases must be used to get the proper effect. [[CollectionSidequest One chip]] is particularly difficult to acquire, merely for the fact that said chip was located behind a bag of some sort, and telling Rio to "check behind bag" didn't work for some reason.

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* ''[[VideoGame/OperatorsSide LifeLine]]'' on the [=PS2=] plays similarly to a text adventure, albeit one controlled by the player's voice than with a keyboard. Aside from the [[FakeDifficulty joys of iffy voice recognition]] causing much frustration and the genre standard [[GuessTheVerb Guess the Noun]] Noun portions, there are several instances in which very specific phrases must be used to get the proper effect. [[CollectionSidequest One chip]] is particularly difficult to acquire, merely for the fact that said chip was located behind a bag of some sort, and telling Rio to "check behind bag" didn't work for some reason.
5th Jun '16 11:17:46 AM nombretomado
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* ''[[VideoGame/OperatorsSide LifeLine]]'' on the PS2 plays similarly to a text adventure, albeit one controlled by the player's voice than with a keyboard. Aside from the [[FakeDifficulty joys of iffy voice recognition]] causing much frustration and the genre standard [[GuessTheVerb Guess the Noun]] portions, there are several instances in which very specific phrases must be used to get the proper effect. [[CollectionSidequest One chip]] is particularly difficult to acquire, merely for the fact that said chip was located behind a bag of some sort, and telling Rio to "check behind bag" didn't work for some reason.

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* ''[[VideoGame/OperatorsSide LifeLine]]'' on the PS2 [=PS2=] plays similarly to a text adventure, albeit one controlled by the player's voice than with a keyboard. Aside from the [[FakeDifficulty joys of iffy voice recognition]] causing much frustration and the genre standard [[GuessTheVerb Guess the Noun]] portions, there are several instances in which very specific phrases must be used to get the proper effect. [[CollectionSidequest One chip]] is particularly difficult to acquire, merely for the fact that said chip was located behind a bag of some sort, and telling Rio to "check behind bag" didn't work for some reason.
20th May '16 1:07:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' text adventure was a nasty example. [[TheManyDeathsOfYou You could be killed for something as simple as crossing the street at the wrong times of day]], [[LuckBasedMission there were several times you had to fight off a Hound or Fireman...and the result was based on if the computer felt charitable]], and you advanced the plot contact members of the [[LaResistance Underground]] using literary quotations as pass-phrases. However, the parser system was pretty craptastic, and if you so much as left out a punctuation mark, then you lost your chance to use the phrase, and had to leave the building and come back to try again. Worse, it had plenty of GuessTheVerb moments as "Talk to man" worked sometimes, while others you had to use "Ask Man" with no indication as to what. Top it all off with a DownerEnding with a side order of FridgeLogic if you managed to put up with the game's quirks long enough to reach a conclusion.

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* The ''{{Fahrenheit ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' text adventure was a nasty example. [[TheManyDeathsOfYou You could be killed for something as simple as crossing the street at the wrong times of day]], [[LuckBasedMission there were several times you had to fight off a Hound or Fireman...and the result was based on if the computer felt charitable]], and you advanced the plot contact members of the [[LaResistance Underground]] using literary quotations as pass-phrases. However, the parser system was pretty craptastic, and if you so much as left out a punctuation mark, then you lost your chance to use the phrase, and had to leave the building and come back to try again. Worse, it had plenty of GuessTheVerb moments as "Talk to man" worked sometimes, while others you had to use "Ask Man" with no indication as to what. Top it all off with a DownerEnding with a side order of FridgeLogic if you managed to put up with the game's quirks long enough to reach a conclusion.
19th Mar '16 1:15:56 AM RJTheEdgelord
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** What's the command to print the contents of a file to your terminal? It's not ''read file1'', ''print file1'', or even ''echo file1'', but '''''cat''' file1''. "cat" stands not for a furry friend, but for '''"cat'''enate" - a somewhat esoteric term referring to the program's ability for sequential linkage and printing to stdout of multiple files - even though it's very often to print the contents of just one file. Its touted sequential linkage functionality is useful for shell scripts, however.

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** What's the command to print the contents of a file to your terminal? It's not ''read file1'', ''print file1'', or even ''echo file1'', but '''''cat''' file1''. "cat" stands not for a furry friend, but for '''"cat'''enate" - a somewhat esoteric term referring to the program's ability for sequential linkage and printing to stdout of multiple files - even though it's very used much more often to print the contents of just one a single file. Its touted sequential linkage functionality is useful for shell scripts, however.
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