History ShootTheShaggyDog / VideoGames

30th Jul '16 2:48:35 PM catmuto
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* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' becomes this in a nutshell. [[spoiler:Everything Max did to give Chloe a happier life and keep her safe is ultimately for naught. Either Max decides to travel back in time and let Chloe die from being shot back in Episode 1, making all of her actions pointless or allow the tornado to destroy Arcadia Bay and kill probably the entire population of the town, which will lead to Chloe surviving, but suffering from SurvivorsGuilt because she knows that her being alive caused the tornado to begin with.]]
25th Jul '16 3:47:02 PM G02
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** Come ''Street Fighter V'', made seventeen years after ''Alpha 3'', Charlie is back but things are still far from happy for him. Now going by the name Nash, he was [[CameBackWrong crudely]] brought BackFromTheDead by an unknown group, implied to be TheIlluminati (who are even ''worse'' than Shadaloo). He's LivingOnBorrowedTime due to his decaying body and has new dark powers that give him a much more brutal fighting style. He's abandoned all idealism and morals in pursuit of getting revenge on Bison and is willing to kill anyone that gets in his way, up to and including his old friends and allies. And to top it all off his HeroicSacrifice in ''Alpha 3'' was retconned away in place of the CavalryBetrayal he suffered in ''Alpha 2''.

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** Come ''Street Fighter V'', made seventeen years after ''Alpha 3'', Charlie is back but things are still far from happy for him. Now going by the name Nash, he was [[CameBackWrong crudely]] brought BackFromTheDead by an unknown group, implied to be TheIlluminati (who are even ''worse'' than Shadaloo). He's LivingOnBorrowedTime due to his decaying body and has new dark powers that give him a much more brutal fighting style. He's abandoned all idealism and morals in pursuit of getting revenge on Bison and is willing to kill anyone that gets in his way, up to and including his old friends and allies. And to top it all off his HeroicSacrifice in ''Alpha 3'' was retconned away in place of the CavalryBetrayal he suffered in ''Alpha 2''. [[spoiler: However, the cinematic story mode has him go out on a high note. He eventually reconciles with his old friends, gets back some of his idealism and goes out in a meaningful HeroicSacrifice that weakens Bison enough for Ryu to finish him for good.]]
16th Jul '16 12:08:41 PM nombretomado
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* The game ''Cyber-Lip'' is a Contra-style action side-scroller developed by Neo Geo. The story appears to be fairly run-of-the-mill throughout: the President orders two BadDudes to find and destroy the titular Cyber-Lip, a military supercomputer that's gone mad and destroyed a good portion of the Earth with its deadly army of cyborgs. Throughout the game you receive briefings from the President after each level on where to progress next. Once you reach the final level and destroy the Cyber-Lip once and for all, you receive a message from the President congratulating you on a job well done. Seems obligatory enough, being an arcade shoot-'em-up and all... until the player is suddenly hit with a CruelTwistEnding when it is revealed that [[spoiler: the "President" was an evil alien leader bent on world domination the entire time. The aliens apparently were the ones that caused the Earth's military technology, including Cyber-Lip, to go haywire, probably via programmed viruses or some similar means, and you, being the naive pawns that you were, went right along and finished the aliens' job for them: destroy every last remaining bit of Earth's defenses, allowing the aliens ample room to take over your planet once and for all. "The Earth is ours," declares the faux-President, and with an evil grin and a pair of frightening, red glowing eyes to boot.]] The End! No sequel was ever made, nor announced, and it is highly unlikely that one will ever be made, so as far as anyone knows, this marks the end of the heroes' feckless, fruitless battle. Now, just imagine the reactions of the people who spent quarter after quarter to get to the end of this game and defeat the final boss, only for their efforts to be greeted with THAT.

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* The game ''Cyber-Lip'' is a Contra-style action side-scroller developed by Neo Geo. The story appears to be fairly run-of-the-mill throughout: the President orders two BadDudes VideoGame/BadDudes to find and destroy the titular Cyber-Lip, a military supercomputer that's gone mad and destroyed a good portion of the Earth with its deadly army of cyborgs. Throughout the game you receive briefings from the President after each level on where to progress next. Once you reach the final level and destroy the Cyber-Lip once and for all, you receive a message from the President congratulating you on a job well done. Seems obligatory enough, being an arcade shoot-'em-up and all... until the player is suddenly hit with a CruelTwistEnding when it is revealed that [[spoiler: the "President" was an evil alien leader bent on world domination the entire time. The aliens apparently were the ones that caused the Earth's military technology, including Cyber-Lip, to go haywire, probably via programmed viruses or some similar means, and you, being the naive pawns that you were, went right along and finished the aliens' job for them: destroy every last remaining bit of Earth's defenses, allowing the aliens ample room to take over your planet once and for all. "The Earth is ours," declares the faux-President, and with an evil grin and a pair of frightening, red glowing eyes to boot.]] The End! No sequel was ever made, nor announced, and it is highly unlikely that one will ever be made, so as far as anyone knows, this marks the end of the heroes' feckless, fruitless battle. Now, just imagine the reactions of the people who spent quarter after quarter to get to the end of this game and defeat the final boss, only for their efforts to be greeted with THAT.
15th Jul '16 3:07:17 PM BillyMT
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDiFCK-Zgo The ending]] of ''The Treasure of Usas'' (for the {{MSX}}) involves the two protagonists placing the four jewels they [[NintendoHard painstakingly fought to obtain]] on the forehead of the statue of the titular goddess only for it to obliterate our protagonists with a nuclear explosion. In the Japanese version, it was explained as being the fuse for ''a nuclear bomb'' built by an ancient civilisation, and that it's switch was the jewels. There is no such explaination in the PAL version.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDiFCK-Zgo The ending]] of ''The Treasure of Usas'' (for the {{MSX}}) involves the two protagonists placing the four jewels they [[NintendoHard painstakingly fought to obtain]] on the forehead of the statue of the titular goddess only for it to obliterate our protagonists with a nuclear giant explosion. In the Japanese version, it was explained as being the fuse for ''a nuclear bomb'' built by an ancient civilisation, and that it's switch was the jewels. There is no such explaination in the PAL version.
15th Jul '16 3:06:36 PM BillyMT
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDiFCK-Zgo The ending]] of ''Uşas'' (for the {{MSX}}) involves the two protagonists placing the four jewels they [[NintendoHard painstakingly fought to obtain]] on the forehead of the statue of the titular goddess only for it to obliterate our protagonists with a nuclear explosion. In the Japanese version, it was explained as an artifact of an ancient civilisation and that it's switch was the jewels. There is no such explaination in the PAL version.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNDiFCK-Zgo The ending]] of ''Uşas'' ''The Treasure of Usas'' (for the {{MSX}}) involves the two protagonists placing the four jewels they [[NintendoHard painstakingly fought to obtain]] on the forehead of the statue of the titular goddess only for it to obliterate our protagonists with a nuclear explosion. In the Japanese version, it was explained as an artifact of being the fuse for ''a nuclear bomb'' built by an ancient civilisation civilisation, and that it's switch was the jewels. There is no such explaination in the PAL version.
15th Jul '16 1:57:10 PM BillyMT
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* In an old Bullfrog game called ''Flood'', you guide your character Quiffy through 42 levels of platform trouble and reach an ending animation where Quiffy climbs up a manhole to freedom and is immediately squashed by a truck. He deserved better.

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* In an old Bullfrog game called ''Flood'', you guide your character Quiffy through 42 levels of platform trouble and reach an ending animation where Quiffy climbs up a manhole to freedom and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EbGjm_x808&t=1h53m20s is immediately squashed by a truck. truck.]] He deserved better.
10th Jul '16 12:12:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' starts on the planet Taris, which has several side quests such as helping innocent people escape from bounty hunters (or killing them) and finding a cure for the [[TheVirus rakghoul disease]]. As soon as you leave Taris, [[BigBad Malak]] [[DeathFromAbove fires on the planet from orbit]] [[KillEmAll and kills everyone.]] Even the HopeSpot you ear playing light side is turned into a twisted joke by the MMO. The Outcasts found their Promised land, and survived for a few generations, only to be picked off by rakghouls, disease, starvation, and finished off by toxic waste. Then again, the MMO ''is'' BioWare post-Franchise/DragonAge, so NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished.

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* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' starts on the planet Taris, which has several side quests such as helping innocent people escape from bounty hunters (or killing them) and finding a cure for the [[TheVirus rakghoul disease]]. As soon as you leave Taris, [[BigBad Malak]] [[DeathFromAbove fires on the planet from orbit]] [[KillEmAll and kills everyone.]] Even the HopeSpot you ear playing light side is turned into a twisted joke by the MMO. The Outcasts found their Promised land, and survived for a few generations, only to be picked off by rakghouls, disease, starvation, and finished off by toxic waste. Then again, the MMO ''is'' BioWare Creator/BioWare post-Franchise/DragonAge, so NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished.
4th Jul '16 5:58:01 PM doggieboy9
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* In the Final Decision of ''ZeroTimeDilemma'', the only way for the group to save themselves is to [[spoiler: swap places with a version of themselves in an alternate timeline where they escaped Zero's hellish puzzle box unscathed. They'll escape, but the only version of themselves that actually had a happy ending will be doomed to a horrible death in their place and never understand why]]. To drive the point home [[spoiler: Zero shoots TeamPet Gab -- a literal shaggy dog.]]

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* In the Final Decision of ''ZeroTimeDilemma'', ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'', the only way for the group to save themselves is to [[spoiler: swap places with a version of themselves in an alternate timeline where they escaped Zero's hellish puzzle box unscathed. They'll escape, but the only version of themselves that actually had a happy ending will be doomed to a horrible death in their place and never understand why]]. To drive the point home [[spoiler: Zero shoots TeamPet Gab -- a literal shaggy dog.]]
4th Jul '16 12:59:04 PM GoblinCipher
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* 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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* 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.]]
* In the Final Decision of ''ZeroTimeDilemma'', the only way for the group to save themselves is to [[spoiler: swap places with a version of themselves in an alternate timeline where they escaped Zero's hellish puzzle box unscathed. They'll escape, but the only version of themselves that actually had a happy ending will be doomed to a horrible death in their place and never understand why]]. To drive the point home [[spoiler: Zero shoots TeamPet Gab -- a literal shaggy dog.
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18th Jun '16 12:28:31 AM gewunomox
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* ''VideoGame/BioShock'' had an {{ARG}} for [[VideoGame/BioShock2 the sequel]] called 'Something in the Sea' who's main character became well-liked enough to be placed in the game. Many a fan cheered when they saw Mark Meltzer's first audio diary in the game recording his heroic efforts to rescue his kidnapped daughter. [[spoiler: Not so much cheering at hearing his last...since you take it off his corpse...after YOU kill him personally...with his daughter a few feet away from his body. Because he had been turned into a Big Daddy by Sofia Lamb.]]

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* ''VideoGame/BioShock'' had an {{ARG}} AlternateRealityGame for [[VideoGame/BioShock2 the sequel]] called 'Something in the Sea' who's main character became well-liked enough to be placed in the game. Many a fan cheered when they saw Mark Meltzer's first audio diary in the game recording his heroic efforts to rescue his kidnapped daughter. [[spoiler: Not so much cheering at hearing his last...since you take it off his corpse...after YOU kill him personally...with his daughter a few feet away from his body. Because he had been turned into a Big Daddy by Sofia Lamb.]]
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