History SeriousBusiness / VideoGames

6th Jun '16 4:26:26 AM erforce
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* ''[[VideoGame/JakAndDaxter Jak X]]'' gives us Combat Racing. Sound like a good thing to watch on your day off? It brings in more than its home city's ''entire yearly budget''. Crime lords are willing to ''kill'' to ensure their bets pay off. And according to G.T. Blitz, it could become ''bigger''. Sure, it's not as basic as [[Franchise/YuGiOh a card game]], but come on, a sport based around driving in circles shooting people is this big?
** [[VideoGame/TwistedMetal Yes]].
*** Well, ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' seems to be serious business for Calypso, just because he's a MagnificentBastard. It's serious for the competitors because Calypso's a LiteralGenie who'll grant them a wish if they win. It's serious for everyone else because there's a chance they'll get gunned down by crazed clowns in ice cream trucks.

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* ''[[VideoGame/JakAndDaxter Jak X]]'' ''VideoGame/JakX'' gives us Combat Racing. Sound like a good thing to watch on your day off? It brings in more than its home city's ''entire yearly budget''. Crime lords are willing to ''kill'' to ensure their bets pay off. And according to G.T. Blitz, it could become ''bigger''. Sure, it's not as basic as [[Franchise/YuGiOh a card game]], but come on, a sport based around driving in circles shooting people is this big?
** [[VideoGame/TwistedMetal Yes]].
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* Well, ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' seems to be serious business for Calypso, just because he's a MagnificentBastard. It's serious for the competitors because Calypso's a LiteralGenie who'll grant them a wish if they win. It's serious for everyone else because there's a chance they'll get gunned down by crazed clowns in ice cream trucks.



* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', [[TraumaInn Innkeeping]] is serious business. One of the sideplots involves this organization called the Syndicate of Pubs, Inns and Taverns ([[FunWithAcronyms SPIT]]) that regulates every inn in (almost) every town to make sure they're up to scratch. Every year, they hold a competition called the [[PunnyName Innys]] for the best inn in the land, with the main judge being the KING. The innkeeper who wins this award earns a ''massive'' gold trophy and earns the title of [[{{Pun}} Inn]]Credible [[HurricaneOfPuns Inn]]tertainor. One of the main characters, Er[[PunnyName inn]], comes from a long line of Inncredible Inntertainers and is expected to continue this proud tradition. When her innkeeping friends discover this, ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny they start bowing at her feet]].'' If this isn't SeriousBusiness, then the fact that there's an Innkeeping MAFIA ''definitely'' is.

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', [[TraumaInn Innkeeping]] is serious business. One of the sideplots involves this organization called the Syndicate of Pubs, Inns and Taverns ([[FunWithAcronyms SPIT]]) that regulates every inn in (almost) every town to make sure they're up to scratch. Every year, they hold a competition called the [[PunnyName Innys]] for the best inn in the land, with the main judge being the KING. The innkeeper who wins this award earns a ''massive'' gold trophy and earns the title of [[{{Pun}} Inn]]Credible [[HurricaneOfPuns Inn]]tertainor. One of the main characters, Er[[PunnyName inn]], comes from a long line of Inncredible Inntertainers and is expected to continue this proud tradition. When her innkeeping friends discover this, ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny they ''they start bowing at her feet]].feet.'' If this isn't SeriousBusiness, then the fact that there's an Innkeeping MAFIA ''definitely'' is.
2nd Mar '16 8:41:06 AM Medinoc
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* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''. Bananas: SERIOUS DAMN BUSINESS! Every time the Kongs' banana horde gets stolen, it results in a violent RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Less so in later games like ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'', which portray the bananas as having various magic powers that ''would'' be pretty useful when trying to TakeOverTheWorld.

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* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry''. Bananas: SERIOUS DAMN BUSINESS! Every time the Kongs' banana horde hoard gets stolen, it results in a violent RoaringRampageOfRevenge. Less so in later games like ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'', which portray the bananas as having various magic powers that ''would'' be pretty useful when trying to TakeOverTheWorld.
25th Jan '16 10:46:42 PM superkeijikun
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** During the ''Citadel'' DLC, [[PsychoForHire Zaeed]] becomes obsessed with winning a stuffed toy from a claw game for a kid. ''Really'' obsessed. And prone to cursing the game out when he loses. Later he and Garrus are planning home security for Shepard's apartment: laser trip wires to smash a glass feature and cut an intruder to ribbons, setting a spa to boil if anyone but Shepard uses it, a coffee maker that explodes. And them first hoping Shepard does not find out then warning of a code s/he has to input, then run like hell.

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** During the ''Citadel'' DLC, [[PsychoForHire Zaeed]] becomes obsessed with winning a stuffed toy from a claw game for a kid. ''Really'' obsessed. And prone to cursing the game out when he loses. Later he loses.
--->'''Zaeed''': What could be more important than Zaeed Massani not getting bested by some ''fucking kids' game''?!\\
'''Shepard''': You really want one of those plushy toys.\\
'''Zaeed''': Goddamn right, I do!
** During the party, Zaeed
and Garrus are planning home security for Shepard's apartment: laser trip wires to smash a glass feature and cut an intruder to ribbons, setting a spa to boil if anyone but Shepard uses it, a coffee maker that explodes. And them first hoping Shepard does not find out then warning of a code s/he has to input, then run like hell.
23rd Oct '15 5:37:28 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks]]'', trains are Serious Business. You begin the game as a train engineer apprentice on graduation day, a ceremony that involves the princess essentially ''knighting'' engineers. It gets pretty ridiculous soon after, where part of a track disappears and the characters are at a total loss as to how to proceed, even though it turns out the place you're trying to go to is a trivially short cave away (apparently no one's heard of ''walking'' anywhere). Partly justified in-universe as the train tracks turn out to be a CosmicKeystone that keeps the SealedEvilInACan imprisoned.

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* In ''[[TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks]]'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', trains are Serious Business. You begin the game as a train engineer apprentice on graduation day, a ceremony that involves the princess essentially ''knighting'' engineers. It gets pretty ridiculous soon after, where part of a track disappears and the characters are at a total loss as to how to proceed, even though it turns out the place you're trying to go to is a trivially short cave away (apparently no one's heard of ''walking'' anywhere). Partly justified in-universe as the train tracks turn out to be a CosmicKeystone that keeps the SealedEvilInACan imprisoned.
23rd Oct '15 4:52:57 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap]]'', nearly everyone you meet -- regardless of whether they're in deadly peril or even already dead -- is eager to "fuse Kinstones" with Link: match up broken halves of supposedly luck-altering ceramic circles, which Link finds in bushes and under rocks. Admittedly a successfully fused Kinstone usually ''does'' place a new treasure chest somewhere or open a new path, which might justify the almost universal interest... if anyone besides Link ever went looking for the results of successful fusion.

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* In ''[[TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap]]'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'', nearly everyone you meet -- regardless of whether they're in deadly peril or even already dead -- is eager to "fuse Kinstones" with Link: match up broken halves of supposedly luck-altering ceramic circles, which Link finds in bushes and under rocks. Admittedly a successfully fused Kinstone usually ''does'' place a new treasure chest somewhere or open a new path, which might justify the almost universal interest... if anyone besides Link ever went looking for the results of successful fusion.
6th Sep '15 3:57:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Need for Speed}}: Underground'' and ''Underground 2'' started off giving street racers enough money to buy import sports cars, but ''Most Wanted'' 2005 and ''Carbon'' finally went to over-the-top extremes showing quite a bit of street racers with enough gold to buy German supercars ''won from street racing alone!''

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* ''{{Need for Speed}}: Underground'' ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeedUnderground'' and ''Underground 2'' started off giving street racers enough money to buy import sports cars, but ''Most Wanted'' ''[[VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted Most Wanted]]'' 2005 and ''Carbon'' finally went to over-the-top extremes showing quite a bit of street racers with enough gold to buy German supercars ''won from street racing alone!''
5th Jun '15 12:45:55 PM AsterSelene
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* Played with by ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' - soccer is frequently treated as Serious Business, yet our protagonist Endou tends to continually insist that soccer should ideally be, above all, a fun and enjoyable sport. Even when there's an AlienInvasion trying to take over Japan using soccer to demonstrate their power. And then there's ''Inazuma Eleven GO'', which takes place in a future where Japan has degenerated into somewhat of a dystopia precisely because everybody takes soccer way too seriously. Save for the protagonists who are trying to turn things around.

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* Played with by ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' - soccer is frequently treated as Serious Business, yet our protagonist Endou tends to continually insist that soccer should ideally be, above all, a fun and enjoyable sport.sport (it's a bit of a BerserkButton for him if anyone uses soccer for evil purposes, which is usually what the villains are doing). Even when there's an AlienInvasion trying to take over Japan using soccer to demonstrate their power. And then there's ''Inazuma Eleven GO'', which takes place in a future where Japan has degenerated into somewhat of a dystopia precisely because everybody takes soccer way too seriously. Save for the protagonists who are trying to turn things around.
1st Jun '15 3:52:05 PM EarlOfSandvich
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** For that matter, [[RunningGag Cardboard Boxes]]. From [[MetalGearSolid Natasha's waxing eloquently on the history of cardboard]], to [[MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Naked Snake's feelings of true happiness when inside the box.]]

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** For that matter, [[RunningGag Cardboard Boxes]]. From [[MetalGearSolid [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Natasha's waxing eloquently on the history of cardboard]], to [[MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Naked Snake's feelings of true happiness when inside the box.]]
26th May '15 2:10:36 PM Gamermaster
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** It's not just in-universe, either. Fans of the {{Metagame}} treat it as SeriousBusiness, spending about as much time choosing which Pokemon to use, breeding/catching, raising and training their teams as some do with real animals. Selective breeding is done, sometimes through several generations, to get the right stats, nature ,ability and moveset, and exact numbers of wild Pokemon are fought to perfectly EV train (EV=Effort Values,the experience numbers that go up each time a Pokemon battles but aren't linked to XP, the points that gain levels) the Pokemon. Then held items and berries are added in. Metagamers also frequently use computer software to find just when to hatch an egg or catch a wild Pokemon to get a flawless or near flawless specimen, often shiny. The entire thing can take many hours to complete. The game itself has an entire community that has built rules and holds competitions aside from the official Nintendo ones and has even grouped the Pokemon into tiers of usefulness. And Arceus forbid anyone be revealed to be a hacker or using hacked Pokemon. Shortcuts with Rare Candies or VideoGame/GameShark codes are a surefire way to have your team slaughtered as well. Anyone who isn't totally devoted doesn't really stand much of a chance in competitive battling, as it doesn't matter if your team is all level 100 if you haven't taken the time to build your team properly. It's caused a bit of BrokenBase between hardcore competitive battlers and more casual gamers and turned some metagamers into the StopHavingFunGuys. Game Freak has countered this in the Sixth Generation by letting EVs be viewed and increased by way of Super Training. Obviously, the StopHavingFunGuys didn't really take this lying down, viewing the change as dumbing things down for the casuals.

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** It's not just in-universe, either. Fans of the {{Metagame}} treat it as SeriousBusiness, spending about as much time choosing which Pokemon to use, breeding/catching, raising and training their teams as some do with real animals. Selective breeding is done, sometimes through several generations, to get the right stats, nature ,ability and moveset, and exact numbers of wild Pokemon are fought to perfectly EV train (EV=Effort Values,the experience numbers that go up each time a Pokemon battles but aren't linked to XP, the points that gain levels) the Pokemon. Then held items and berries are added in. Metagamers also frequently use computer software to find just when to hatch an egg or catch a wild Pokemon to get a flawless or near flawless specimen, often shiny. The entire thing can take many hours to complete. The game itself has an entire community that has built rules and holds competitions aside from the official Nintendo ones and has even grouped the Pokemon into tiers of usefulness. And Arceus forbid anyone be revealed to be a hacker or using hacked Pokemon. Shortcuts with Rare Candies or VideoGame/GameShark codes are a surefire way to have your team slaughtered as well. Anyone who isn't totally devoted doesn't really stand much of a chance in competitive battling, as it doesn't matter if your team is all level 100 if you haven't taken the time to build your team properly. It's caused a bit of BrokenBase between hardcore competitive battlers and more casual gamers and turned some metagamers into the StopHavingFunGuys. Game Freak has countered this in the Sixth Generation by letting EVs [=EVs=] be viewed and increased by way of Super Training. Obviously, the StopHavingFunGuys didn't really take this lying down, viewing the change as dumbing things down for the casuals.
26th May '15 1:14:38 PM Gamermaster
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', [[TraumaInn Innkeeping]] is serious business. One of the sideplots involves this organization called the Syndicate of Pubs, Inns and Taverns that regulates every inn in (almost) every town to make sure they're up to scratch. Every year, they hold a competition called the [[PunnyName Innys]] for the best inn in the land, with the main judge being the KING. The innkeeper who wins this award earns a ''massive'' gold trophy and earns the title of [[{{Pun}} Inn]]Credible [[HurricaneOfPuns Inn]]tertainor. One of the main characters, Er[[PunnyName inn]], comes from a long line of Inncredible Inntertainers and is expected to continue this proud tradition. When her innkeeping friends discover this, ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny they start bowing at her feet]].'' If this isn't SeriousBusiness, then the fact that there's an Innkeeping MAFIA ''definitely'' is.

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', [[TraumaInn Innkeeping]] is serious business. One of the sideplots involves this organization called the Syndicate of Pubs, Inns and Taverns ([[FunWithAcronyms SPIT]]) that regulates every inn in (almost) every town to make sure they're up to scratch. Every year, they hold a competition called the [[PunnyName Innys]] for the best inn in the land, with the main judge being the KING. The innkeeper who wins this award earns a ''massive'' gold trophy and earns the title of [[{{Pun}} Inn]]Credible [[HurricaneOfPuns Inn]]tertainor. One of the main characters, Er[[PunnyName inn]], comes from a long line of Inncredible Inntertainers and is expected to continue this proud tradition. When her innkeeping friends discover this, ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny they start bowing at her feet]].'' If this isn't SeriousBusiness, then the fact that there's an Innkeeping MAFIA ''definitely'' is.
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