History ShootTheShaggyDog / VideoGames

7th May '16 4:49:46 PM Julayla64
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* ''VideoGame/{{Wick}}'' pretty much becomes this after 5 am when it's revealed that [[spoiler: you didn't survive the last six hours.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Wick}}'' pretty much becomes this after 5 am when it's revealed that [[spoiler: you didn't survive the last six hours.]]
* In the end of ''VideoGame/ToTheMoon'', [[spoiler:one of the main characters, River sacrificed her life for nothing. She denied treatment hoping that Johnny would eventually remember how they met by using the money to finish building the house. When given the chance to help him remember, Eva instead decided to wipe all of Johnny's memory of his wife, turning every effort and sacrifice River made to remind him utterly pointless.
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23rd Apr '16 9:47:45 PM Sudsy16
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* In the flash game ''The Classroom'', the protagonist must cheat his way through 10 tests set across the last 10 days of school. On day 4, [[spoiler: things get dark, with one of the other students being DrivenToSuicide. [[KickTheDog You must ruthlessly]], and [[NintendoHard with near perfect timing,]] [[LackOfEmpathy exploit this opportunity to cheat]] in order to pass the level.]] The next few levels then have you exploiting several other events, from the relatively mundane like [[spoiler: a fight, another cheater getting busted, and [[FollowTheLeader all the other students following your lead to cheat]]]] to [[spoiler: [[UpToEleven a grenade attack on the teacher]], which wipes out most of the class including [[PlayerPunch your geek]] [[MauveShirt friend]] and [[ContrivedCoincidence stuns him for]] ''just'' long enough for [[TheSociopath you]] to successfully cheat.]] Come day 10, [[spoiler: only you and one other student bother to show up, with a third student showing up late... [[TwistEnding only to pull a gun and shoot the teacher.]] You manage to successfully escape the classroom as he nails the other student with a MurderSuicide... only for your character himself to be DrivenToSuicide, stand out in the middle of the street, [[HappilyFailedSuicide have a narrow miss and hint at no longer being so keen to go through with it...]] [[SubvertedTrope and get hit by a second car anyway.]]]] GG.

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* In the flash game ''The Classroom'', the protagonist must cheat his way through 10 tests set across the last 10 days of school. On day 4, [[spoiler: things get dark, with one of the other students being DrivenToSuicide. [[KickTheDog You must ruthlessly]], and [[NintendoHard with near perfect timing,]] [[LackOfEmpathy exploit this opportunity to cheat]] in order to pass the level.]] The next few levels then have you exploiting several other events, from the relatively mundane like [[spoiler: a fight, another cheater getting busted, and [[FollowTheLeader all the other students following your lead to cheat]]]] to [[spoiler: [[UpToEleven a grenade attack on the teacher]], which wipes out most of the class including [[PlayerPunch your geek]] [[MauveShirt friend]] and [[ContrivedCoincidence stuns him for]] ''just'' long enough for [[TheSociopath you]] to successfully cheat.]] Come day 10, [[spoiler: only you and one other student bother to show up, with a third student showing up late... [[TwistEnding only to pull a gun and shoot the teacher.]] You manage to successfully escape the classroom as he nails the other student with a MurderSuicide... only for your character himself to be DrivenToSuicide, stand out in the middle of the street, [[HappilyFailedSuicide have a narrow miss and hint at no longer being so keen to go through with it...]] [[SubvertedTrope and get hit by a second car anyway.]]]] GG.GG.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wick}}'' pretty much becomes this after 5 am when it's revealed that [[spoiler: you didn't survive the last six hours.]]
19th Apr '16 1:41:08 PM Willbyr
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* ''{{Terranigma}}''. The main plot turns out to be one big EvilPlan on part of a dark god that made the hero revive a previously dead world, complete with human life... [[TakeOverTheWorld So that the dark god and its associates could conquer it]]. Once he finds out he's been the UnwittingPawn the main character is reverted to a baby for trying to stop it, nearly killed by his own love interest and ExpositionFairy and just barely avoids death due to the sacrifice of his love interest. ''Then'' comes the part revealing that the new world and his own world exist in a cycle of death and rebirth where the rebirth of one world means the destruction of the old one: Foiling the plot and saving the new world from the dark god means he, and everyone he knows and loves from his own world, must die along with said god (and yes, [[ButThouMust thou must]]). This isn't the part that makes it an example of this trope, though. That would be the part where the hero turns out to be the ChosenOne by the PowersThatBe who run the worlds: ''[[CosmicPlaything He is reborn to do the exact same thing]] [[GroundhogDayLoop over and over again every time the cycle is repeated]]''. And the cycle would only ever be broken if he ''failed''. The game tops this off with the mother of all MoodWhiplash endings, where the protagonist is 'rewarded' with a final day in his pre-heroic existence together with all his friends and family, all blissfully ignorant of the fact that they will die at the end of it.

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* ''{{Terranigma}}''.''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}''. The main plot turns out to be one big EvilPlan on part of a dark god that made the hero revive a previously dead world, complete with human life... [[TakeOverTheWorld So that the dark god and its associates could conquer it]]. Once he finds out he's been the UnwittingPawn the main character is reverted to a baby for trying to stop it, nearly killed by his own love interest and ExpositionFairy and just barely avoids death due to the sacrifice of his love interest. ''Then'' comes the part revealing that the new world and his own world exist in a cycle of death and rebirth where the rebirth of one world means the destruction of the old one: Foiling the plot and saving the new world from the dark god means he, and everyone he knows and loves from his own world, must die along with said god (and yes, [[ButThouMust thou must]]). This isn't the part that makes it an example of this trope, though. That would be the part where the hero turns out to be the ChosenOne by the PowersThatBe who run the worlds: ''[[CosmicPlaything He is reborn to do the exact same thing]] [[GroundhogDayLoop over and over again every time the cycle is repeated]]''. And the cycle would only ever be broken if he ''failed''. The game tops this off with the mother of all MoodWhiplash endings, where the protagonist is 'rewarded' with a final day in his pre-heroic existence together with all his friends and family, all blissfully ignorant of the fact that they will die at the end of it.
19th Apr '16 8:55:10 AM MicoolTNT
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* In the flash game ''The Classroom'', the protagonist must cheat his way through 10 tests set across the last 10 days of school. On day 4, [[spoiler: things get dark, with one of the other students being DrivenToSuicide. [[KickTheDog You must ruthlessly]], and [[NintendoHard with near perfect timing,]] [[LackOfEmpathy exploit this opportunity to cheat]] in order to pass the level.]] The next few levels then have you exploiting several other events, from the relatively mundane like [[spoiler: a fight, another cheater getting busted, and [[FollowTheLeader all the other students following your lead to cheat]]]] to [[spoiler: [[UpToEleven a grenade attack on the teacher]], which wipes out most of the class including [[PlayerPunch your geek]] [[MauveShirt friend]] and [[ContrivedCoincidence stuns him for]] ''just'' long enough for [[TheSociopath you]] to successfully cheat.]] Come day 10, [[spoiler: only you and one other student bother to show up, with a third student showing up late... [[TwistEnding only to pull a gun and shoot the teacher.]] You manage to successfully escape the classroom as he nails the other student with a MurderSuicide... only for your character himself to be DrivenToSuicide, stand out in the middle of the street, [[HappilyFailedSuicide have a narrow miss and hint at no longer being so keen to go through with it...]] [[SubvertedTrope and get hit by a second car anyway.]]]] GG.]]

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* In the flash game ''The Classroom'', the protagonist must cheat his way through 10 tests set across the last 10 days of school. On day 4, [[spoiler: things get dark, with one of the other students being DrivenToSuicide. [[KickTheDog You must ruthlessly]], and [[NintendoHard with near perfect timing,]] [[LackOfEmpathy exploit this opportunity to cheat]] in order to pass the level.]] The next few levels then have you exploiting several other events, from the relatively mundane like [[spoiler: a fight, another cheater getting busted, and [[FollowTheLeader all the other students following your lead to cheat]]]] to [[spoiler: [[UpToEleven a grenade attack on the teacher]], which wipes out most of the class including [[PlayerPunch your geek]] [[MauveShirt friend]] and [[ContrivedCoincidence stuns him for]] ''just'' long enough for [[TheSociopath you]] to successfully cheat.]] Come day 10, [[spoiler: only you and one other student bother to show up, with a third student showing up late... [[TwistEnding only to pull a gun and shoot the teacher.]] You manage to successfully escape the classroom as he nails the other student with a MurderSuicide... only for your character himself to be DrivenToSuicide, stand out in the middle of the street, [[HappilyFailedSuicide have a narrow miss and hint at no longer being so keen to go through with it...]] [[SubvertedTrope and get hit by a second car anyway.]]]] GG.]]
19th Apr '16 8:53:18 AM MicoolTNT
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* ''VideoGame/DyingLight'' ends on a positive note. Rais, the ruthless leader of an army terrifying the survivors is dead. His army is in shambles and Kyle is confident that a cure will soon be created based on the research he discovered. Then comes [[HappyEndingOverride the DLC follow up]] ''The Following''. [[spoiler: The research doesn't amount to anything. Many of the survivors of the main game are now dying one after the other. Kyle learns of a group that is able to not be infected by the Zombie outbreak and goes to their land out of a desperate attempt to save the remaining survivors. He discovers in the end that their is no cure, a screen prompt makes it clear that the survivors are dying, and the Rais army is still a threat and being led by a man Kyle meets at the beginning of the DLC. Not to mention the one person he hoped to get help from goes AxCrazy and tries to kill Kyle if he doesn't cooperate. She makes it clear that he is already exposed to the Zombie virus and the so called cure only makes people an intelligent version of a Zombie. In the end, Kyle has two choices: Nuke the whole area killing everyone, or kill the person and become a monster literally, making his whole struggle throughout the game pointless.]]

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* ''VideoGame/DyingLight'' ends on a positive note. Rais, the ruthless leader of an army terrifying the survivors is dead. His army is in shambles and Kyle is confident that a cure will soon be created based on the research he discovered. Then comes [[HappyEndingOverride the DLC follow up]] ''The Following''. [[spoiler: The research doesn't amount to anything. Many of the survivors of the main game are now dying one after the other. Kyle learns of a group that is able to not be infected by the Zombie outbreak and goes to their land out of a desperate attempt to save the remaining survivors. He discovers in the end that their is no cure, a screen prompt makes it clear that the survivors are dying, and the Rais army is still a threat and being led by a man Kyle meets at the beginning of the DLC. Not to mention the one person he hoped to get help from goes AxCrazy and tries to kill Kyle if he doesn't cooperate. She makes it clear that he is already exposed to the Zombie virus and the so called cure only makes people an intelligent version of a Zombie. In the end, Kyle has two choices: Nuke the whole area killing everyone, or kill the person and become a monster literally, making his whole struggle throughout the game pointless.]]
* In the flash game ''The Classroom'', the protagonist must cheat his way through 10 tests set across the last 10 days of school. On day 4, [[spoiler: things get dark, with one of the other students being DrivenToSuicide. [[KickTheDog You must ruthlessly]], and [[NintendoHard with near perfect timing,]] [[LackOfEmpathy exploit this opportunity to cheat]] in order to pass the level.]] The next few levels then have you exploiting several other events, from the relatively mundane like [[spoiler: a fight, another cheater getting busted, and [[FollowTheLeader all the other students following your lead to cheat]]]] to [[spoiler: [[UpToEleven a grenade attack on the teacher]], which wipes out most of the class including [[PlayerPunch your geek]] [[MauveShirt friend]] and [[ContrivedCoincidence stuns him for]] ''just'' long enough for [[TheSociopath you]] to successfully cheat.]] Come day 10, [[spoiler: only you and one other student bother to show up, with a third student showing up late... [[TwistEnding only to pull a gun and shoot the teacher.]] You manage to successfully escape the classroom as he nails the other student with a MurderSuicide... only for your character himself to be DrivenToSuicide, stand out in the middle of the street, [[HappilyFailedSuicide have a narrow miss and hint at no longer being so keen to go through with it...]] [[SubvertedTrope and get hit by a second car anyway.]]]] GG.
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16th Apr '16 10:23:39 AM catmuto
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** ''Fatal Frame II'': Mio and Mayu get lost in the Minakami village, but try to leave. Mio fights off ghosts with the Camera Obscura, all while trying to protect her sister, who is being possessed by Sae's spirit and complicating things. In the end, they enter the room of the ritual and Mio becomes possessed long enough to strangle her sister and fulfill the ceremony. It wouldn't have mattered if both had become possessed upon entering the village or hadn't found the camera and fought, as the [[DemonicPossession spiritual possession]] made it all null.
16th Apr '16 10:07:54 AM catmuto
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* ''Franchise/FatalFrame'': Miku heads into the haunted mansion to find and rescue her older brother. With that goal in mind, she fights against ghosts trying to kill her, learns of the mansion's history and the Strangling Ritual, finds and fixes a mirror that ultimately closes the gates to hell beneath the mansion and manages to remove the [[TheCorruption Malice]] from Kirie's spirit and its possession of her brother. [[spoiler:Then Mafuyu decides to remain with Kirie, so she will not have to suffer on her own anymore, and Miku leaves the mansion alone, now having lost her remaining family.]] And the third and fifth game have shown that the events from this game were only the beginning of worse things for Miku.

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* ''Franchise/FatalFrame'': ''Franchise/FatalFrame''
** ''Fatal Frame'':
Miku heads into the haunted mansion to find and rescue her older brother. With that goal in mind, she fights against ghosts trying to kill her, learns of the mansion's history and the Strangling Ritual, finds and fixes a mirror that ultimately closes the gates to hell beneath the mansion and manages to remove the [[TheCorruption Malice]] from Kirie's spirit and its possession of her brother. [[spoiler:Then Then Mafuyu decides to remain with Kirie, so she will not have to suffer on her own anymore, and Miku leaves the mansion alone, now having lost her remaining family.]] And family. So her entire journey ended up with nothing accomplished, except Miku now suffering from huge amount of SurvivorsGuilt in the third and fifth game have shown game.
** ''Fatal Frame V'': Depending on the [[MultipleEndings ending]], Miu's route can come across as this. In one ending, she finally catches a glimpse of her [[MissingMom mother]], the one person
that she's been looking for the events from entire time and her whole journey was for. But her mother can't give her more than this game were only the beginning of worse things for Miku.glimpse and disappears, leaving Miu alone again and her actions seem pointless, leaving her with nothing but a momentary look.
13th Apr '16 1:31:41 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** This serves as the inspiration for the animated movie, ''Anime/MassEffectParagonLost''. While not cruel enough to let us see the ultimate DownerEnder where it turns out the information that James Vega saved was useless, it's still wince-inducing to watch for anyone who's played the game it serves as a prequel to.

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** This serves as the inspiration for the animated movie, ''Anime/MassEffectParagonLost''. While not cruel enough to let us see the ultimate DownerEnder DownerEnding where it turns out the information that James Vega saved was useless, it's still wince-inducing to watch for anyone who's played the game it serves as a prequel to.
13th Apr '16 1:25:43 PM Daylight
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* The 2015 sci-fi/horror FPS ''Solarix'' starts off dark enough with you being stranded on a far away ruined base on an alien planet being all but decimated by a rampart infection, but goes full on STSD by the end. By the end of the game, [[spoiler: not only do you fail to synthesise a cure, but [[BigBad EYE]] openly mocks you for thinking that there was ever any hope. Your other companion Betty is revealed to not only be nothing more than a [[EnemyWithin voice on your head]], but a women you killed in a mental breakdown. Literally every other person, named or otherwise either dies from the infection or gets turned into a feral zombie. The only reason you survived for so long is because you were in stasis from the aforementioned incident and were the only other person your AI companion AMI could turn to for help (she even states in an audiolog that she greatly fears you). Your attempt to stop EYE fails miserably because not only does AMI senselessly sacrifice herself to try and take out EYE from within, EYE even tells you that there are thousands of copies of him below the surface of the planet, meaning that you were doomed from the start. At the end of the game, everyone is dead, the ship is destroyed and you neatly conclude the game by committing suicide by jumping off the ruined ship and into the endless void of space.]] But hey, [[EsotericHappyEnding at least you prevented the infections from getting to Earth right?]]

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* The 2015 sci-fi/horror FPS ''Solarix'' starts off dark enough with you being stranded on a far away ruined base on an alien planet being all but decimated by a rampart infection, but goes full on STSD by the end. By the end of the game, [[spoiler: not only do you fail to synthesise a cure, but [[BigBad EYE]] openly mocks you for thinking that there was ever any hope. Your other companion Betty is revealed to not only be nothing more than a [[EnemyWithin voice on your head]], but a women you killed in a mental breakdown. Literally every other person, named or otherwise either dies from the infection or gets turned into a feral zombie. The only reason you survived for so long is because you were in stasis from the aforementioned incident and were the only other person your AI companion AMI could turn to for help (she even states in an audiolog that she greatly fears you). Your attempt to stop EYE fails miserably because not only does AMI senselessly sacrifice herself to try and take out EYE from within, EYE even tells you that there are thousands of copies of him below the surface of the planet, meaning that you were doomed from the start. At the end of the game, everyone is dead, the ship is destroyed and you neatly conclude the game by committing suicide by jumping off the ruined ship and into the endless void of space.]] But hey, [[EsotericHappyEnding at least you prevented the infections from getting to Earth right?]]right?]]
* ''VideoGame/DyingLight'' ends on a positive note. Rais, the ruthless leader of an army terrifying the survivors is dead. His army is in shambles and Kyle is confident that a cure will soon be created based on the research he discovered. Then comes [[HappyEndingOverride the DLC follow up]] ''The Following''. [[spoiler: The research doesn't amount to anything. Many of the survivors of the main game are now dying one after the other. Kyle learns of a group that is able to not be infected by the Zombie outbreak and goes to their land out of a desperate attempt to save the remaining survivors. He discovers in the end that their is no cure, a screen prompt makes it clear that the survivors are dying, and the Rais army is still a threat and being led by a man Kyle meets at the beginning of the DLC. Not to mention the one person he hoped to get help from goes AxCrazy and tries to kill Kyle if he doesn't cooperate. She makes it clear that he is already exposed to the Zombie virus and the so called cure only makes people an intelligent version of a Zombie. In the end, Kyle has two choices: Nuke the whole area killing everyone, or kill the person and become a monster literally, making his whole struggle throughout the game pointless.]]
13th Apr '16 12:14:52 PM catmuto
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* ''Franchise/FatalFrame'': Miku heads into the haunted mansion to find and rescue her older brother. With that goal in mind, she fights against ghosts trying to kill her, learns of the mansion's history and the Strangling Ritual, finds and fixes a mirror that ultimately closes the gates to hell beneath the mansion and manages to remove the [[TheCorruption Malice]] from Kirie's spirit and its possession of her brother. [[spoiler:Then Mafuyu decides to remain with Kirie, so she will not have to suffer on her own anymore, and Miku leaves the mansion alone, now having lost her remaining family.]] And the third and fifth game have shown that the events from this game were only the beginning of worse things for Miku.



* ''Outlast''.[[spoiler: Despite [[TheDeterminator Miles Upshur's best efforts to]] [[EvilInc prove the Murkoff Corporation was hiding some horrible things from the public]] and despite not giving up even after [[FinGore getting two of his fingers amputated (and possibly infected, due to the 'equipment' being in a bidet)]], being hunted and attacked by many horrid monsters, losing his camera at some point and going to great lengths to get it back, [[TraumaCongaLine AND doing everything in his power to finish Billy/The Wallrider despite getting tossed around like a ragdoll and wounded...]]just when it seemed like he was going to get out, he gets shot to death by the special forces and dies. [[SubvertedTrope Arguably subverted when we consider he has turned into the new Walrider,]] but even so, chances are, Miles's mind is already dead, and anyways, after all his hard work and effort, his camera is either lost and/or broken, and all that he filmed will probably never see the light in the end.]]
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with the release of the ''Whistleblower'' [=DLC=]. [[spoiler: The player now controlls Waylon Park, the man who originally sent the warning e-Mail to Mike Upshur that made him go to the asylum. Waylon's events begin several hours before Mike arrives at the asylum, but ultimately end up happening simultaneously. Waylon runs away from the insane habitants of the asylum, was labelled a traitor by the company that hired him, got beaten up and tortures, [[GroinAttack and almost got his nether-regions mutilated]], but ultimately manages to get outside of the asylum and heads into Mike Upshur's car. Mike Upshur, now the new host of the Walrider, begins to stumble towards Waylon and the Walrider practically pushed the car through the gate blocking Waylon's road to freedom. Waylon manages to leave the asylum in a rather decently state and has his own, unbroken camera with a lot of incriminating evidence against the company. His story ends with him uploading the evidence to the internet, ready to destroy Murkoff and putting himself and his loved ones in danger of being killed.]]

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* ''Outlast''.''VideoGame/{{Outlast}}''.[[spoiler: Despite [[TheDeterminator Miles Upshur's best efforts to]] [[EvilInc prove the Murkoff Corporation was hiding some horrible things from the public]] and despite not giving up even after [[FinGore getting two of his fingers amputated (and possibly infected, due to the 'equipment' being in a bidet)]], being hunted and attacked by many horrid monsters, losing his camera at some point and going to great lengths to get it back, [[TraumaCongaLine AND doing everything in his power to finish Billy/The Wallrider despite getting tossed around like a ragdoll and wounded...]]just when it seemed like he was going to get out, he gets shot to death by the special forces and dies. [[SubvertedTrope Arguably subverted when we consider he has turned into the new Walrider,]] but even so, chances are, Miles's mind is already dead, and anyways, after all his hard work and effort, his camera is either lost and/or broken, and all that he filmed will probably never see the light in the end.]]
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with the release of the ''Whistleblower'' [=DLC=]. [[spoiler: The player now controlls controls Waylon Park, the man who originally sent the warning e-Mail to Mike Upshur that made him go to the asylum. Waylon's events begin several hours before Mike arrives at the asylum, but ultimately end up happening simultaneously. Waylon runs away from the insane habitants of the asylum, was labelled a traitor by the company that hired him, got beaten up and tortures, [[GroinAttack and almost got his nether-regions mutilated]], but ultimately manages to get outside of the asylum and heads into Mike Upshur's car. Mike Upshur, now the new host of the Walrider, begins to stumble towards Waylon and the Walrider practically pushed the car through the gate blocking Waylon's road to freedom. Waylon manages to leave the asylum in a rather decently state and has his own, unbroken camera with a lot of incriminating evidence against the company. His story ends with him uploading the evidence to the internet, ready to destroy Murkoff and putting himself and his loved ones in danger of being killed.]]
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