History SchmuckBait / VideoGames

20th Jan '17 8:22:09 PM rjd1922
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* Near the beginning of VideoGame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath: Journey to Rooted Hold, the Slayer sets up a stupidly obvious trap, in which hitting an orb will lock you in the room. His companion tries to tell him "The Delver can't be that stupid." However, falling for the trap [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption is the only way to progress]], and the Slayer gives him an "I told you so".

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* Near the beginning of VideoGame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath: ''VideoGame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath: Journey to Rooted Hold, Hold'', the Slayer sets up a stupidly obvious trap, in which hitting an orb will lock you in the room. His companion tries to tell him "The Delver can't be that stupid." However, falling for the trap [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption is the only way to progress]], and the Slayer gives him an "I told you so".
23rd Nov '16 4:05:11 PM billybobfred
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Then there's Seeking Mr. Eaten's Name, an ongoing storyline composed of ''nothing but'' SchmuckBait of the [[BrownNote Lovecraftian]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation sort]] that will destroy your character's stats, inventory, connections, pets, friends, health, soul and sanity. To top it off, it's unfinished, so you won't even get closure for your trouble. The Failbetter Games staff member responsible for most of the idea wrote it as an experiment on the crazy lengths players will go to complete a sidequest for no reward beyond learning what happens next.[[note]]An idea facilitated by the fact that players who seek the name are generally willing to keep mum on the plotline's story, making very little information regarding it (apart from the costs, that is) available even on fan-managed wikis.[[/note]]\\
[[spoiler:Of note is one option of the ''Seeking Mr. Eaten's Name'' storyline. It costs 50 fate (in-game currency which is bought with real money), and comes with a prominent warning: "THIS WILL DESTROY YOUR CHARACTER FOR EVER AT A COST OF FIFTY FATE AND FIVE CARNIVAL TICKETS. THERE IS NO TEXT WORTH READING BEHIND THE BRANCH RESULT. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO PLAY THIS BRANCH TO CONTINUE THE STORY. DO NOT CONTACT SUPPORT TO COMPLAIN IF YOU ARE RASH ENOUGH TO CLICK THIS BUTTON." One player was curious enough to take the option, and then went to complain to the developers that it ''didn't'' delete his character and [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/09/19/of-london-and-the-sunless-sea-failbetter-interview-pt-2/ asked them to rectify the error]].]]

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Then there's Seeking Mr. Eaten's Name, an ongoing storyline composed of ''nothing but'' SchmuckBait of the [[BrownNote Lovecraftian]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation sort]] that will destroy your character's stats, inventory, connections, pets, friends, health, soul and sanity. To top it off, it's unfinished, so you won't even get closure for your trouble. The Failbetter Games staff member responsible for most of the idea wrote it as an experiment on the crazy lengths players will go to complete a sidequest for no reward beyond learning what happens next.[[note]]An idea facilitated by the fact that players who seek the name are generally willing to keep mum on the plotline's story, making very little information regarding it (apart from the costs, that is) available even on fan-managed wikis.[[/note]]\\
[[spoiler:Of note
[[/note]] For a very long time it wasn't even ''finished'', and this was common knowledge, and people played it anyway. Now that it is finished, it's equally common knowledge that the ending deletes your character and bricks your account -- and people play it anyway!
** While Seeking as a whole is bait,
one option of the ''Seeking Mr. Eaten's Name'' storyline. is particularly famous for taking it UpToEleven. It costs 50 fate (in-game currency which is bought with real money), Fate (roughly 10 [[BribingYourWayToVictory real-world dollars]] and significantly more than many of the lengthy storylines that also cost Fate), and comes with a prominent warning: "THIS WILL DESTROY YOUR CHARACTER FOR EVER AT A COST OF FIFTY FATE AND FIVE CARNIVAL TICKETS. THERE IS NO TEXT WORTH READING BEHIND THE BRANCH RESULT. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO PLAY THIS BRANCH TO CONTINUE THE STORY. DO NOT CONTACT SUPPORT TO COMPLAIN IF YOU ARE RASH ENOUGH TO CLICK THIS BUTTON." One player was curious enough to take the option, and then went to complain to the developers that somehow it ''didn't'' delete his character and character, to which he [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/09/19/of-london-and-the-sunless-sea-failbetter-interview-pt-2/ asked them to rectify the error]].]]filed a very polite bug report]].
8th Oct '16 2:23:11 PM TotemicHero
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* ''Videogame/{{Doom}}'': See that big health kit on the middle of this large, perfectly circular, and otherwise completely empty room? You are free to take it. If you are ready to fight huge waves of monsters that will appear the moment you pick it up from camouflaged trap doors on the walls, that is.

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* ''Videogame/{{Doom}}'': ''Videogame/{{Doom}}'':
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See that big health kit on the middle of this large, perfectly circular, and otherwise completely empty room? You are free to take it. If you are ready to fight huge waves of monsters that will appear the moment you pick it up from camouflaged trap doors on the walls, that is.is.
** Somewhat common among the modding community of ''Doom'' are what are known as "Terry traps", troll levels that start out looking normal but at a certain point teleport you into a place with obscene imagery, armies of monsters that can insta-kill you, ear-splitting sounds, and/or seizure-inducing flashing. At least one such level even included (through on-screen text) a link to this trope's page.
5th Oct '16 4:21:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' had an unintentional form of player bait. Pressing Ctrl + Q at the same time quit the game back to the desktop. Many a new player, when asking in a public chat channel how to, for example, open the galaxy map or launch all their drones at once, would often receive the answer "press Ctrl + Q". This has since been removed.



* Point-and-click advenure game ''VideoGame/PleaseDontTouchAnything'' is built entirely around this, given the title and premise. [[spoiler:However, one of the game's endings requires the player to defy this trope.]]
* ''EveOnline''

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* Point-and-click advenure adventure game ''VideoGame/PleaseDontTouchAnything'' is built entirely around this, given the title and premise. [[spoiler:However, one of the game's endings requires the player to defy this trope.]]
* ''EveOnline''''VideoGame/EveOnline''


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** There is an unintentional form of player bait. Pressing Ctrl + Q at the same time quit the game back to the desktop. Many a new player, when asking in a public chat channel how to, for example, open the galaxy map or launch all their drones at once, would often receive the answer "press Ctrl + Q". This has since been removed.
26th Sep '16 11:37:54 AM BillyMT
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*** The reverse can also happen to the owner of the care package. If a person with the Hacker Pro perk kills the owner before he/she can get the package, the hacker can booby trap the crate and leave an unpleasant surprise waiting for their victim or any of their victim's teammates that happen upon the trap. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUwBIeM-pMw Let the multi-kills ensue]].

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*** The reverse can also happen to the owner of the care package. If a person with the Hacker Pro perk kills the owner before he/she can get the package, the hacker can booby trap the crate and leave an unpleasant surprise waiting for their victim or any of their victim's teammates that happen upon the trap. [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUwBIeM-pMw com/watch?v=bUa0VcCdZ-8 Let the multi-kills the]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-UoWOASSEU&t=54s multi-kills]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRFCXvN5Ciw ensue]].
26th Sep '16 11:23:58 AM BillyMT
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* Near the beginning of VideoGame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath: Journey to Rooted Hold, the Slayer sets up a stupidly obvious trap, in which hitting an orb will lock you in the room. His companion tries to tell him "The Delver can't be that stupid." However, falling for the trap is the only way to progress, and the Slayer gives him an "I told you so".

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* Near the beginning of VideoGame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath: Journey to Rooted Hold, the Slayer sets up a stupidly obvious trap, in which hitting an orb will lock you in the room. His companion tries to tell him "The Delver can't be that stupid." However, falling for the trap [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption is the only way to progress, progress]], and the Slayer gives him an "I told you so".
24th Sep '16 7:59:03 PM MyFinalEdits
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* In ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'', the Veteran can "alert" and kill anyone who visits them that night. One common tactic is "vet baiting", in which the Veteran tries to get peoples' attention during the day in the hopes of luring the bad guys in. Visiting a baiting Veteran is falling victim to SchmuckBait, because anyone means ''anyone'', even those who usually ''can't'' be killed at night. Of course, the Veteran can also kill their allies...
** In a similar vein, there's TheJester. If the Jester is lynched, they win and kill one person that voted guilty on them that night. Voting guilty on a suspected Jester is therefore SchmuckBait. Yes, vote for the guy refusing to give a role and generally being obnoxious. [[SarcasmMode It totally won't get you killed.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'', the ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'':
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Veteran can "alert" and kill anyone who visits them that night. One common tactic is "vet baiting", in which the Veteran tries to get peoples' attention during the day in the hopes of luring the bad guys in. Visiting a baiting Veteran is falling victim to SchmuckBait, because anyone means ''anyone'', even those who usually ''can't'' be killed at night. Of course, the Veteran can also kill their allies...
** In a similar vein, there's TheJester. If the Jester is lynched, they win and kill one person that voted guilty on them that night. Voting guilty on a suspected Jester is therefore SchmuckBait. Yes, vote for the guy refusing to give a role and generally being obnoxious. [[SarcasmMode It totally won't get you killed.]]
23rd Sep '16 5:38:29 PM ShinyManaphy
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* In ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'', the Veteran can "alert" and kill anyone who visits them that night. One common tactic is "vet baiting", in which the Veteran tries to get peoples' attention during the day in the hopes of luring the bad guys in. Visiting a baiting Veteran is falling victim to SchmuckBait, because anyone means ''anyone'', even those who usually ''can't'' be killed at night. Of course, the Veteran can also kill their allies...
** In a similar vein, there's TheJester. If the Jester is lynched, they win and kill one person that voted guilty on them that night. Voting guilty on a suspected Jester is therefore SchmuckBait. Yes, vote for the guy refusing to give a role and generally being obnoxious. [[SarcasmMode It totally won't get you killed.]]
21st Sep '16 8:34:00 PM RAMChYLD
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* When playing the online component of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', when you get into the shower you're told that holding down the chat key while singing into the microphone will net you some easy [=RPs=]. And it does- a measily 50RP. You know what else it does? [[spoiler:It broadcasts your singing to the ''entire session''. How bad the aftermath will be depends on whether you're on a completely public session, a friends-only or crew-only session, or playing solo, and how good your singing actually is]]

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* When playing the online component of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', when you get into the shower you're told that holding down the chat key while singing into the microphone will net you some easy [=RPs=].[=RPs=] when your character takes a shower. And it does- a measily 50RP. You know what else it does? [[spoiler:It broadcasts your singing to the ''entire session''. How bad the aftermath will be depends on whether you're on a completely public session, a friends-only or crew-only session, or playing solo, and how good your singing actually is]]
21st Sep '16 8:33:23 PM RAMChYLD
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* When playing the online component of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', when you get into the shower you're told that holding down the chat key while singing into the microphone will net you some easy [=RPs=]. And it does- a measily 50RP. You know what else it does? Your singing is broadcast to the ''entire session''. How bad the aftermath will be depends on whether you're on a completely public session, a friends-only or crew-only session, or playing solo.

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* When playing the online component of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', when you get into the shower you're told that holding down the chat key while singing into the microphone will net you some easy [=RPs=]. And it does- a measily 50RP. You know what else it does? Your [[spoiler:It broadcasts your singing is broadcast to the ''entire session''. How bad the aftermath will be depends on whether you're on a completely public session, a friends-only or crew-only session, or playing solo.solo, and how good your singing actually is]]
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