History MundaneUtility / VideoGames

18th Nov '17 7:12:03 AM Kazmahu
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** The opening movie of ''Peach Beach Splash'' has [[AndIcePerson Yumi]] conjuring up and shattering a pillar of ice to cool a paddling pool on a hot day. This sets the tone for the main game: using ninja reflexes and ability in a water gun fight.
16th Nov '17 11:28:52 PM Kazmahu
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** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'', Noctis has the RoyaltySuperpower to store an armory of mundane and legendary weapons in {{Hammerspace}}, switching between them as needed in battle. He also uses it as an extradimensional tackle box to keep his fishing gear on hand at all times.
13th Oct '17 11:21:21 AM BeerBaron
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* Done by many players in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''--due to the finicky nature of the physics engine, trying to do some [[AnInteriorDesignerIsYou interior decorating]] can prove difficult with the basic controls. The solution? Buy a telekinesis spell. You can now pick up nearly anything and move it at will. So now you can finally stack these books on this shelf.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''
** The immense power of the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um shouts]] allows the player to smash enemies with a variety of useful and devastating effects. At the same time....
** Unrelenting Force lets you fling enemies way from you. It also lets you clear annoying companions and heavy objects out of your path, set off traps, swat bugs to collect their body parts and is probably the best method for fishing.
** Ice Form, normally used to freeze enemies in their tracks, lets you freeze animals in place to make hunting easier.
** Aura Whisper, while allowing you to locate and avoid guards or discern if the next room has an ambush awaiting you, can help you find people in large buildings or locate your companions.
** Whirlwind Sprint can, theoretically, be used to rush close to an opponent, run ''away'' from an opponent, or bypass traps. More practically, it gets a lot of mileage by getting lazy, overencumbered players to shops faster.
** Elemental Fury allows you to swing weapons much faster than you normally could, allowing you to take down tough enemies and also mine ore in seconds.
** Slow Time helps you strike with tremendous speed, dodge incoming blows, grab enemy arrows out of the air and extend the duration of crafting potions to make more overpowered gear.
** Become Ethereal prevents you from taking any damage; when you need to get the bottom of a tall cliff, accept no substitutes.
** Fire Breath, Frost Breath, and Unrelenting Force are the best friends of the lazy fisherman.
** The Skeleton Key is a Daedric Artifact of Nocturnal, and she's pretty pissed about it being stolen. [[spoiler: Mercer even uses it to unlock his own potentials.]] However when you get it, all it does is act as a unbreakable lockpick.
** Clear Skies makes Skyrim's weather itself yield, allowing you to stop impassable blizzards blocking your path, or just to get rid of annoying rain. Or, if it's night, to cause an [[TheWorldIsJustAwesome aurora]].
** ''Dragonborn'' gives you an active power to summon a butler to serve as your pack-mule. [[spoiler: A ''Dremora'' butler.]]
** A specific example: In the dwemer ruin Raldbthar, shortly after going inside, the bandits that took over the ruin are using a dwemer fire trap to cook meat.
** The player character can gain the ability to turn into a werewolf, in the process becoming a monster capable of feats such as tackling giants, killing all the guards in a hold, and being able to walk at full speed despite being over the [[CriticalEncumbranceFailure encumbrance limit]].
*** Similarly to the above, in the ''Dawnguard'' expansion, the powerful Vampire Lord form lends itself to multiple mundane utilities. Not only does it ignore the encumbrance limit, but it also has no time limit and allows faster sprinting than normal, which makes long-distance travel while over-encumbered much easier. The form can levitate over bodies of water, making crossing rivers easier. One of the unlockable abilities, Mist Form, turns the Vampire Lord into invulnerable mist, which can be used not only for combat but also for jumping off cliffs without harming oneself, much like Become Ethereal above. A slightly less mundane usefulness is the fact that while all [=NPCs=] will be hostile to a Dragonborn in Vampire Lord form, they will also not be able to recognize him/her unless they saw the transformation before their very eyes. This means that, as long as you make sure you remain well out of sight during the actual metamorphosis, you can use the Vampire Lord form to conceal your identity, murdering anyone you want without racking up enormous bounties on your head.
** The detect dead spell allows the user to see vile undead creatures in pitch darkness or even through walls. It also allows them to see corpses that fell somewhere out of the way during battle that the player may have missed while [[RobbingTheDead looting]].

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In the series' backstory, Wulfharth Ash-King was the legendary ancient King of the Nords and noted [[GodInHumanForm Shezarrine]] who [[EternalHero has died and come back to life]] at least three times. He was known to have a powerful [[LanguageOfMagic Thu'um]], which he used to accomplish his many great feats. On the more mundane level (or at least as mundane as something like the Thu'um can be), he once used it to "swallow a thundercloud" to protect his army from "catching cold".
**
Done by many players in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''--due ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' - due to the finicky nature of the physics engine, trying to do some [[AnInteriorDesignerIsYou interior decorating]] can prove difficult with the basic controls. The solution? Buy a telekinesis spell. You can now pick up nearly anything and move it at will. So now you can finally stack these books on this shelf.
* ** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''
**
Skyrim]]'':
***
The immense power of the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um shouts]] allows the player to smash enemies with a variety of useful and devastating effects. At the same time....
**
time...Unrelenting Force lets you fling enemies way from you. It also lets you clear annoying companions and heavy objects out of your path, set off traps, swat bugs to collect their body parts and is probably the best method for fishing.
**
fishing. Ice Form, normally used to freeze enemies in their tracks, lets you freeze animals in place to make hunting easier.
**
easier. Aura Whisper, while allowing you to locate and avoid guards or discern if the next room has an ambush awaiting you, can help you find people in large buildings or locate your companions.
**
companions. Whirlwind Sprint can, theoretically, be used to rush close to an opponent, run ''away'' from an opponent, or bypass traps. More practically, it gets a lot of mileage by getting lazy, overencumbered players to shops faster.
**
faster. Elemental Fury allows you to swing weapons much faster than you normally could, allowing you to take down tough enemies and also mine ore in seconds.
**
seconds. Slow Time helps you strike with tremendous speed, dodge incoming blows, grab enemy arrows out of the air and extend the duration of crafting potions to make more overpowered gear.
**
gear. Become Ethereal prevents you from taking any damage; when you need to get the bottom of a tall cliff, accept no substitutes.
**
substitutes. Fire Breath, Frost Breath, and Unrelenting Force are the best friends of the lazy fisherman.
**
fisherman. Clear Skies makes Skyrim's weather itself yield, allowing you to stop impassable blizzards blocking your path, or just to get rid of annoying rain. Or, if it's night, to cause an [[TheWorldIsJustAwesome aurora]].
***
The Skeleton Key is a Daedric Artifact of Nocturnal, and she's pretty pissed about it being stolen. [[spoiler: Mercer even uses it to unlock his own potentials.]] However when you get it, all it does is act as a unbreakable lockpick.
** Clear Skies makes Skyrim's weather itself yield, allowing you to stop impassable blizzards blocking your path, or just to get rid of annoying rain. Or, if it's night, to cause an [[TheWorldIsJustAwesome aurora]].
**
*** The ''Dragonborn'' DLC gives you an active power to summon a Dremora butler to serve as your pack-mule. [[spoiler: A ''Dremora'' butler.]]
** A specific example:
pack-mule.
***
In the dwemer Dwemer ruin Raldbthar, shortly after going inside, you can find the bandits that took over the ruin are using a dwemer Dwemer fire trap to cook meat.
** *** The player character can gain the ability to turn into a werewolf, in the process becoming a monster capable of feats such as tackling giants, killing all the guards in a hold, and being able to walk at full speed despite being over the [[CriticalEncumbranceFailure encumbrance limit]].
*** Similarly to the above, Similarly, in the ''Dawnguard'' expansion, DLC, the powerful Vampire Lord form lends itself to multiple mundane utilities. Not only does it ignore the encumbrance limit, but it also has no time limit and allows faster sprinting than normal, which makes long-distance travel while over-encumbered much easier. The form can levitate over bodies of water, making crossing rivers easier. One of the unlockable abilities, Mist Form, turns the Vampire Lord into invulnerable mist, which can be used not only for combat but also for jumping off cliffs without harming oneself, much like Become Ethereal above. A slightly less mundane usefulness is the fact that while all [=NPCs=] will be hostile to a Dragonborn in Vampire Lord form, they will also not be able to recognize him/her unless they saw the transformation before their very eyes. This means that, as long as you make sure you remain well out of sight during the actual metamorphosis, you can use the Vampire Lord form to conceal your identity, murdering anyone you want without racking up enormous bounties on your head.
** *** The detect dead spell allows the user to see vile undead creatures in pitch darkness or even through walls. It also allows them to see corpses that fell somewhere out of the way during battle that the player may have missed while [[RobbingTheDead looting]].
30th Sep '17 3:41:22 PM Yuihime
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** In the Okeanos arc of ''Grand Order'', [[spoiler: [[GenderFlip Dame]] Francis Drake is using the Holy Grail for endless rum and provisions]].
24th Sep '17 3:18:51 PM nombretomado
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* In ''BillyVsSnakeman'', the power of doujutsu - seeing the flow of magic and chakra in people and things - is solely used to help you cope with fast food customers in a productive manner (i.e. not killing them out of sheer frustration).

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* In ''BillyVsSnakeman'', ''VideoGame/BillyVsSnakeman'', the power of doujutsu - seeing the flow of magic and chakra in people and things - is solely used to help you cope with fast food customers in a productive manner (i.e. not killing them out of sheer frustration).
10th Sep '17 1:44:34 PM Gamermaster
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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', Link can use the powerful Spirit Train to carry passengers and cargo as well as travel across the landscape fighting evil. He also has a monopoly on the rail trade because he's the only train out there that isn't possessed by demons.

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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', Link can use the powerful Spirit Train to carry passengers and cargo as well as travel across the landscape fighting evil. He also has a monopoly on the rail trade because he's the only train out there that isn't possessed by demons. The train rails are also [[SealedEvilInACan the chains used to bind an powerful demon]].
5th Sep '17 5:16:45 PM Peteman
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** Aperture Science as a whole either subverts this trope hard or plays it so straight that it never uses its many innovations correctly. For example, the company can use cheap panels to generate portals, but only uses these as a test element and decided to construct an expensive system of pneumatic pipes to move things around.

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** Aperture Science as a whole either subverts this trope hard or plays it so straight that it never uses its many innovations correctly. For example, the company can use cheap panels to generate portals, but only uses these as a test element and decided to construct an expensive system of pneumatic pipes to move things around.
22nd Jul '17 9:48:01 PM Yuihime
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** ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'' turned several UtilityMagic powers into more fantastic powers with Mundane Utility. Catch (used to grab out-of-reach objects) was replaced by Grip (used for LeParkour...and for grabbing out-of-reach objects), Parch (drying out flooded places) was replaced by Arid Heat (used for combat...and drying out flooded places), and Blaze (light torches) and Burst (clear out debris via StuffBlowingUp) were merged with Fireball ([[PlayingWithFire guess]]).
** Can't get much more into the spirit of this trope than ''Dark Dawn'''s take on [[spoiler: the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Sol Blade]]]], which explodes into fire, calls meteors from the heavens...and ''[[spoiler: [[BonusDungeon opens doors]]]]''.
** A joke in the fandom is that Psynergy is how all the Adept characters maintain their [[AnimeHair improbable hairstyles]].

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** ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'' turned several UtilityMagic powers into more fantastic powers with Mundane Utility. Catch (used to grab out-of-reach objects) was replaced by Grip (used for LeParkour...and for grabbing out-of-reach objects), Parch (drying out flooded places) was replaced by Arid Heat (used for combat...and drying out flooded places), and Blaze (light torches) and Burst (clear out debris via StuffBlowingUp) were merged with Fireball ([[PlayingWithFire guess]]).
** Can't get much more into the spirit of this trope than ''Dark Dawn'''s ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'''s take on [[spoiler: the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Sol Blade]]]], which explodes into fire, calls meteors from the heavens...heavens... and ''[[spoiler: [[BonusDungeon opens doors]]]]''.
** A joke in the fandom is that Psynergy is how all the Adept characters maintain their [[AnimeHair improbable hairstyles]].
doors]]]]''.
11th Jul '17 9:03:44 PM Yuihime
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** In ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', if you ask Florence Nightingale what she wants from the Holy Grail, she jokes that she'll use it to wash her hands.
10th Jun '17 2:01:18 PM nombretomado
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* In a somewhat meta example, the WiiU's Gamepad can be used as a television remote control out of the box.

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* In a somewhat meta example, the WiiU's UsefulNotes/WiiU's Gamepad can be used as a television remote control out of the box.
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