History ShootTheShaggyDog / VideoGames

14th Jan '18 2:36:20 AM Piterpicher
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* ''KyaDarkLineage'' ended on what seemed to be a happy note with the heroine defeating the BigBad and restoring peace to the alternate world... until the artifact that was supposed to take the heroine and her brother home dumps them in a desolate world where it's implied they're attacked by a monster... this was of course supposed to set up for a sequel-hook, but considering the game's sales, it's in the same limbo as Beyond Good & Evil.

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* ''KyaDarkLineage'' ''VideoGame/KyaDarkLineage'' ended on what seemed to be a happy note with the heroine defeating the BigBad and restoring peace to the alternate world... until the artifact that was supposed to take the heroine and her brother home dumps them in a desolate world where it's implied they're attacked by a monster... this was of course supposed to set up for a sequel-hook, but considering the game's sales, it's in the same limbo as Beyond Good & Evil.
9th Jan '18 2:30:29 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''ObsCure II'': Mei spends the first half of the game trying to track down her twin sister Jun and save her. When she finally tracks her down, [[spoiler: the game lets you control Jun's escape attempts, only to have her brutally killed literally ''seconds'' after yanking that control away.]] [[FromBadToWorse Things go downhill from there]]. [[spoiler: One by one, the heroes suffer increasingly {{Cruel And Unusual Death}}s until only two of the original students remain, all their attempts to stop the infection from spreading fail, and the ending leaves the two survivors facing down a cloud of black spores implied to be surrounding an even more horrific monster than the FinalBoss.]]

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* ''ObsCure ''VideoGame/ObsCure II'': Mei spends the first half of the game trying to track down her twin sister Jun and save her. When she finally tracks her down, [[spoiler: the game lets you control Jun's escape attempts, only to have her brutally killed literally ''seconds'' after yanking that control away.]] [[FromBadToWorse Things go downhill from there]]. [[spoiler: One by one, the heroes suffer increasingly {{Cruel And Unusual Death}}s until only two of the original students remain, all their attempts to stop the infection from spreading fail, and the ending leaves the two survivors facing down a cloud of black spores implied to be surrounding an even more horrific monster than the FinalBoss.]]
9th Jan '18 1:36:37 AM Cryoclaste
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* In part two of Chapter 9 in ''[[PhantasyStar Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus]]'', The GUARDIANS are looking for a young Beast boy infected with the SEED-virus to give him the vaccine before [[ShootTheDog the AMF CASTs kill him]]. However [[spoiler: once found he ends up turning into a SEED form, forcing him to be [[ShootTheDog killed anyway.]]]]

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* In part two of Chapter 9 in ''[[PhantasyStar Phantasy Star Universe: ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse: Ambition of the Illuminus]]'', Illuminus'', The GUARDIANS are looking for a young Beast boy infected with the SEED-virus to give him the vaccine before [[ShootTheDog the AMF CASTs kill him]]. However [[spoiler: once found he ends up turning into a SEED form, forcing him to be [[ShootTheDog killed anyway.]]]]
8th Jan '18 11:48:53 AM TheFlyingMarlin
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* The plot of ''VideoGame/CodedArms'' has an hacker exploring an abandoned military simulation for the thrill of it. At the end of the main campaign, the hacker manges to access the simulation's kernel. As he attempt to access it, the simulation's security program respond badly to his homebrew tools and fries the hacker's brain, trapping his consciousness inside AIDA forever.

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* The plot of ''VideoGame/CodedArms'' has an hacker exploring an abandoned military simulation for the thrill of it. At the end of the main campaign, the hacker manges to access the simulation's kernel. As he attempt to access it, the simulation's security program respond badly to his homebrew tools and fries the hacker's brain, trapping his consciousness inside AIDA forever.forever.
* ''VideoGame/OriAndTheBlindForest''. [[spoiler: Subverted. Just as Ori is about to finish the main quest, they are crushed by Kuro, and rendered unconscious. However, upon seeing Naru mourning Ori, Kuro is reminded of her own young, and [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices herself in order to complete Ori's quest]].]]
28th Dec '17 3:10:30 PM nombretomado
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* ''FragileDreams'' has the protagonist searching for the first survivor he's seen since setting out, find out there's others elsewhere in the world, stop a second apocalypse, and then go off to look for the survivors with the girl he spent most of the game chasing after. The last part is ruined because a narration from the older protagonist reveals that said girl died before him and he is alone when he dies.

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* ''FragileDreams'' ''VideoGame/FragileDreamsFarewellRuinsOfTheMoon'' has the protagonist searching for the first survivor he's seen since setting out, find out there's others elsewhere in the world, stop a second apocalypse, and then go off to look for the survivors with the girl he spent most of the game chasing after. The last part is ruined because a narration from the older protagonist reveals that said girl died before him and he is alone when he dies.
10th Dec '17 4:20:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''DrawnToLife: The Next Chapter'', DS version. All that trouble you had to go through, and [[spoiler: the whole thing was AllJustADream?! And almost [[DreamApocalypse all of the characters you worked your ass of to save get destroyed anyway]]?!?!]] ''Cue AngerMontage''

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* ''DrawnToLife: ''VideoGame/DrawnToLife: The Next Chapter'', DS version. All that trouble you had to go through, and [[spoiler: the whole thing was AllJustADream?! And almost [[DreamApocalypse all of the characters you worked your ass of to save get destroyed anyway]]?!?!]] ''Cue AngerMontage''
29th Nov '17 8:42:41 PM nmn3r3
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* ''VideoGame/Persona4'''s [[BadEnding Bad Endings]] also count. Towards the end of the year, the team corners [[spoiler:Namatame, who has kidnapped and thrown every one of the rescued playable characters into the TV as well as taking [[EveryonesBabySister Nanako]] into the TV world, as a misguided attempt in saving them from murder.]] However, [[spoiler:the fog from the TV world causes Nanako to fall ill and lapse into a coma, and starts to seep into the real world.]] At some point, [[spoiler:Nanako dies]], and the player has the choice to [[spoiler:throw [[UnwittingPawn Namatame]] into the TV in retribution, or choose to spare him]] and get to the bottom of what's really going on. If you take the first choice, [[spoiler:Nanako stays dead]], while if you fail to find the truth, [[spoiler:Nanako is revived--but either way, she and everyone else will eventually die, either being killed by Shadows or becoming Shadows]].

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* ''VideoGame/Persona4'''s [[BadEnding Bad Endings]] also count. Towards the end of the year, the team corners [[spoiler:Namatame, who has kidnapped and thrown every one of the rescued playable characters into the TV as well as taking [[EveryonesBabySister Nanako]] into the TV world, as a misguided attempt in saving them from murder.]] However, [[spoiler:the fog from the TV world causes Nanako to fall ill and lapse into a coma, and starts to seep into the real world.]] At some point, [[spoiler:Nanako dies]], and the player has the choice to [[spoiler:throw [[UnwittingPawn Namatame]] into the TV in retribution, or choose to spare him]] and get to the bottom of what's really going on. If you take the first choice, [[spoiler:Nanako stays dead]], while if you fail to find the truth, [[spoiler:Nanako is revived--but either way, she and everyone else will eventually die, either being killed by Shadows or becoming Shadows]]. And then there's the ending where [[spoiler:you figure out who the killer is and destroy the evidence that incriminates them, letting them free and leaving you to be blackmailed by them anytime they feel like it-- destroying evidence is a crime after all.]]
* ''VideoGame/Persona5'' has the variations of the bad ending where [[spoiler:you fail to get through to Sae during your interrogation and end up getting shot in the head by Akechi.]] The final variation is the most in-line with this trope, [[spoiler:as you give the identities of all your teammates and confidants to Sae, and Akechi promptly uses that information to murder them all after he's killed you.]] Either way, you end up being a stepping stone on [[spoiler:Akechi's]] drawn out revenge against [[spoiler:Shido]], not even particularly relevant to it either.
26th Oct '17 12:00:09 PM jtierney50
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** Endings aside, this happens a surprising amount in the game. Need to find a universe where Chen Lin is still a sane gunsmith with all of his tools? [[spoiler:They don't exist. Also, the Vox hates you now, so you need to deal with that.]] Need to find an airship to escape Columbia? [[spoiler:The first time you do, Elizabeth knocks you out and it's confiscated by the Vox Populi. The second time it's destroyed by Songbird almost immediately.]] Need to talk down the Siren so that she'll open the gate to Comstock House? [[spoiler:You'll find the three truths you need, but they end up being inconsequential, and the Siren knocks down the gate you needed to get through.]] Need to control Songbird so he doesn't kill you? [[spoiler:You do command him during the final battle with the Vox, but after destroying the siphon Booker loses the pipes and you teleport him to the ocean outside Rapture, killing him.]] And then, of course, the whole thing is undone anyway.
26th Oct '17 11:52:28 AM jtierney50
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* The ending for VideoGame/BioShockInfinite essentially undoes the entirity of the game. After [[spoiler:killing Comstock, defeating the Vox Populi, and destroying the siphon on Monument Island, Booker and Elizabeth travel through time and alternate realities to "kill Comstock in the crib". It's eventually revealed that Booker and Comstock are alternate-reality versions of the same person, and that to kill one is to kill the other. Booker accepts this and lets various versions of Elizabeth drown him at his baptism at Wounded Knee. The Elizabeths blink out of existence, signifying the undoing of the realities that made them and, essentially, the entire game. TheStinger implies that doing so only killed the Comstocks, not the Bookers, allowing Booker and Anna/Elizabeth to live out their proper lives.]]
** And BioShockInfinite/BurialAtSea shoots the Shaggy Dog of the main game's ending. [[spoiler:At least one Comstock and two other Elizabeths survived the ordeal, although the [[TomatoInTheMirror Comstock we play as]] killed the Elizabeth he was trying to steal and [[TheAtoner had his mind wiped by the Luteces and moved to]] [[VideoGame/BioShock1 Rapture]]. One Elizabeth, implied to be the Elizabeth from the main game (and the only one not shown blinking out of existence) hunts down the final Comstock, although she is much older, implying that she had done so for other Comstocks as well. In short, Booker's sacrifice at Wounded Knee wasn't the solution they'd hoped for, and Elizabeth had to finish the job without him.]]
19th Oct '17 5:33:52 PM Glowsquid
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* ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfWar'' becomes this due to ForegoneConclusion and DoomedByCanon given its set before ''Franchise/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy. [[spoiler:Talion and Celebrimbor are unable to defeat Sauron (partly because he is indestructible so long as his One Ring exists and nobody knows its currently in [[Literature/TheHobbit Bilbo Baggins']] possession), he manages to conquer Minas Ithil and turn it into Minas Morgul. By the end of the game, Celebrimbor (who has become corrupted himself and plans to rule Middle-Earth as the Bright Lord) abandons Talion and goes on to fight Sauron himself only to be defeated. After the FinalBoss, Talion becomes a renegade Ringwraith and decides to hold his position in Mordor in hopes of containing the Dark Lord's forces, and he does so for many decades until he too gets corrupted and becomes another minion of Sauron, rendering his struggle also pointless. The only silver-linings to this trope that Sauron is destined to be destroyed at the end of ''Return of the King'' and Talion will be released from his curse after his death]].

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* ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfWar'' becomes this due to ForegoneConclusion and DoomedByCanon given its set before ''Franchise/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy. [[spoiler:Talion and Celebrimbor are unable to defeat Sauron (partly because he is indestructible so long as his One Ring exists and nobody knows its currently in [[Literature/TheHobbit Bilbo Baggins']] possession), he manages to conquer Minas Ithil and turn it into Minas Morgul. By the end of the game, Celebrimbor (who has become corrupted himself and plans to rule Middle-Earth as the Bright Lord) abandons Talion and goes on to fight Sauron himself only to be defeated. After the FinalBoss, Talion becomes a renegade Ringwraith and decides to hold his position in Mordor in hopes of containing the Dark Lord's forces, and he does so for many decades until he too gets corrupted and becomes another minion of Sauron, rendering his struggle also pointless. The only silver-linings to this trope that Sauron is destined to be destroyed at the end of ''Return of the King'' and Talion will be released from his curse after his death]].death]].
* The plot of ''VideoGame/CodedArms'' has an hacker exploring an abandoned military simulation for the thrill of it. At the end of the main campaign, the hacker manges to access the simulation's kernel. As he attempt to access it, the simulation's security program respond badly to his homebrew tools and fries the hacker's brain, trapping his consciousness inside AIDA forever.
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