History VideoGame / AlanWake

18th Jul '16 3:21:28 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Rewrite Cthulhu]]: [[spoiler:Alan's master plan]] at Episode Six's conclusion. [[spoiler:"The Signal" shows Alan is a little too [[MindRape busy]] to enact this, but "The Writer" has Alan getting ready to go at it.]]

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* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Rewrite Cthulhu]]: DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:Alan's master plan]] at Episode Six's conclusion. [[spoiler:"The Signal" shows Alan is a little too [[MindRape busy]] to enact this, but "The Writer" has Alan getting ready to go at it.]]



** Suuuuure, Alan, going into the ''very'' dark trailer owned by the monotone-speaking person who knows you're looking for manuscript pages even though you never told them is ''obviously'' the smart thing to do! Made far, far worse by the fact he's DangerouslyGenreSavvy ''considering he wrote it.'' How many times does he fall for the oldest horror story tricks in the book, again?

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** Suuuuure, Alan, going into the ''very'' dark trailer owned by the monotone-speaking person who knows you're looking for manuscript pages even though you never told them is ''obviously'' the smart thing to do! Made far, far worse by the fact he's DangerouslyGenreSavvy GenreSavvy ''considering he wrote it.'' How many times does he fall for the oldest horror story tricks in the book, again?



** "Oh, great, [[GenreSavvy another]] [[RopeBridge cable car]]."

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** "Oh, great, [[GenreSavvy another]] another [[RopeBridge cable car]]."
5th Jul '16 1:51:34 PM Aiguille
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* PortalPool: Cauldron Lake.
* PosthumousCharacter: We learn far more about Stuckey as a Taken than we ever do as a real person. His extreme fondness for hot dogs, for one thing.
* PostModernism: Directly mentions and blatantly references authors and shows that have inspired it several times.



* PortalPool: Cauldron Lake.
* PosthumousCharacter: We learn far more about Stuckey as a Taken than we ever do as a real person. His extreme fondness for hot dogs, for one thing.
* PostModernism: Directly mentions and blatantly references authors and shows that have inspired it several times.
5th Jul '16 1:47:31 PM Aiguille
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* PopStarComposer: Finnish AlternativeRock band Music/PoetsOfTheFall are the real talent behind the HeavyMithril FakeBand Old Gods of Asgard, and play all of the original [[https://youtu.be/8-l_kbZbXRQ?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- songs]] that the band play in-game.
* PowerBallad:
** "[[https://youtu.be/GLxb7m0j5Jg?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- The Poet and the Muse]]," the folky MurderBallad by HeavyMithril FakeBand Old Gods of Asgard, which reveals the terrible fates of the protagonist's predecessors, and offers a way for him to escape their EternalRecurrance.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIG1xnYdlFo War]]" the sweeping epic devotional about unexpectedly finding someone you could fight a common enemy with, credited in an in-game cameo as a song by Music/PoetsOfTheFall, the real-life talent behind the Old Gods.



* ShownTheirWork:
** The stars in the night sky are based off of actual star maps, and constellations can even be picked out.
** Due to frequently-clear nights, there are plenty of observatories in the Arizona desert.



* SmugSnake: Averted. Mr. Scratch seems partially aware he's a ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' rip-off villain. Some of his conversations also indicate that he's aware Alan might be more than he could handle. He just can't help himself. He was written that way.
* TheSomethingSong: "[[https://youtu.be/BAh6ay9QDtE?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUEienDV52g85W6J7chzLXV The Happy Song]]" an ode to psychopathy, and VillainSong of Mr. Scratch, HumanoidAbomination antagonist of ''American Nightmare.''



* SmugSnake: Averted. Mr. Scratch seems partially aware he's a ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' rip-off villain. Some of his conversations also indicate that he's aware Alan might be more than he could handle. He just can't help himself.
** He was written that way.
* ShownTheirWork:
** The stars in the night sky are based off of actual star maps, and constellations can even be picked out.
** Due to frequently-clear nights, there are plenty of observatories in the Arizona desert.


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* YinYangBomb: {{Discussed}} in HeavyMithril FakeBand Old Gods of Asgard's "[[https://youtu.be/b6RKKCQt82Y?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- Balance Slays the Demon]]", as an in-universe attempt by the band to steer Alan toward defeating Mr. Scratch via lyrical metaphor.
-->''Ever the light casts a shadow''\\
''Ever the night springs from the light''\\
''In the end, it's never just the light you need''\\
''When balance slays the demon, you'll find peace''\\
''In the end, it's never just the dark you seek''\\
''When balance slays the demon, you'll find peace''
29th Jun '16 2:32:09 PM Aiguille
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* RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: Alan and his fellow creatives, granted MagicWriting abilities by proximity to Cauldron Lake, an EldritchLocation, all learn the hard way that they're unwittingly playing directly into the ambitions of the Dark Presence, its resident EldritchAbomination, which aims to become a {{Humanoid|Abomination}} one, using PlotHoles and ambiguities in their works as a pretext.
28th Jun '16 1:07:50 PM Someoneman
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* BrickJoke: Crossed with a FunnyAneurysmMoment when you remember Rose's joke about how Ranger Rusty "used to be human, but now he's just black coffee wrapped in skin" after you face him as an [[EliteMook elite Taken]]. One of the achievements [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this: "Under a Thin Layer of Skin".

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* BrickJoke: Crossed with a FunnyAneurysmMoment when you remember Rose's joke about how Ranger Rusty "used to be human, but now he's just black coffee wrapped in skin" skin", after you face him as an [[EliteMook elite Taken]]. One of the achievements [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this: "Under a Thin Layer of Skin".



* ImprovisedWeapon: Anything and everything that creates light, from flashlights to flares to military-grade searchlights to Christmas lights. Not to mention [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome an entire stage of lights and pyrotechnics!]]

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* ImprovisedWeapon: Anything and everything that creates light, from flashlights to flares to military-grade searchlights to Christmas lights. Not to mention [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome an entire stage of lights and pyrotechnics!]]pyrotechnics!



** YMMV on Nightmare mode. Too many too fast with too much health for the crossbow to be good for much, especially with the rifles and shotguns putting distance between you and their murder sticks even with their shields still up.
26th Jun '16 2:48:47 PM dvorak
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** Generally, if someone survives an encounter with the Dark presence, they become afraid of the dark.
11th Jun '16 1:46:11 PM PixelKnight
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* ArrestedForHeroism: If you listen to Walter, the guy locked up in the police station, he'll tell you a story that basically boils down to "I beat up a Taken, got shitfaced afterwards, and then got arrested because the police didn't believe my story."
6th Jun '16 9:05:47 PM Aiguille
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* MurderBallad: "[[https://youtu.be/GLxb7m0j5Jg?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- The Poet and the Muse]]," a folky PowerBallad by HeavyMithril FakeBand [[Music/PoetsOfTheFall Old Gods of Asgard]], which tells a rather simplified version of the tale of Tom the Poet and his Muse. Tom used the magical properties of the lake he lived by to resurrect the Muse by RewritingReality when she drowned in its waters. When Tom discovered she CameBackWrong,
-->He took her in without a word for he saw his grave mistake\\
And vowed them both to silence deep beneath the lake\\
Now, if it's real or just a dream one mystery remains\\
For it is said, on moonless nights they may still haunt this place
30th May '16 5:58:25 PM Aiguille
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* SubliminalSeduction: The Old Gods of Asgard's "Balance slays the Demon" has a small section with reversed and sped up lyrics. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRcLYeuK8ZU Play it the right way round]] and you get [[spoiler:"It will happen again, in another town. A town... called Ordinary."]]

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* SubliminalSeduction: The Old Gods of Asgard's "Balance "[[https://youtu.be/b6RKKCQt82Y?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- Balance slays the Demon" Demon]]" has a small section with reversed and sped up lyrics. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRcLYeuK8ZU Play it the right way round]] and you get [[spoiler:"It will happen again, in another town. A town... called Ordinary."]]
18th Apr '16 11:12:09 PM TinMan
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* ExecutiveMeddling: InUniverse. The Dark Presence keeps editing and rewriting Alan's story to be more in line with its own desire to escape Cauldron Lake. Alan catches on pretty quick, however, and writes his escape from his 'editor' into the story.


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* OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow: InUniverse and {{Justified}}. [[spoiler:Alan wrote the story the Dark Presence is using, which allows him to rewrite the story to save Alice and Bright Falls.]]
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