"Sometimes you have to shake the tree and see what falls out" -LA Noire. The main character is investigating some type of conspiracy. They have no leads. At best they have only a vague idea of who's involved in the conspiracy. Their only course of action is to go around looking for trouble. They start a few fights, break a few fingers, maybe even kill a few henchmen. With any luck they'll find a lead, maybe even get the attention of whoever's behind the conspiracy. Examples: Comics This is Rorschach's primary method of gathering intelligence in Watchmen. Marv goes around interrogating and killing hitmen in Sin City in order to get a lead on who killed Goldy Live Action TV
- A less violent variation in Veronica Mars -- Veronica knows she's looking for a particular gamer at a game club, and knows their gamertag, but not who it belongs to. She finds out the owner of the gamertag by griefing him until he spazzes out.
- Inspector Tequila from Stranglehold says he's going to do this at Tai O following the big teahouse shootout with the Golden Kane gang. Not surprisingly, Captain Ed Lee is against it. During the Tai O mission, he ends up blasting up a lot of Golden Kane and blowing a lot of shit up, which actually does get someone's attention -- Mr. Wong, who the Golden Kanes are trying to overthrow with the help of a Russian syndicate and who is actually the Big Bad of the game.
Inspector Tequila: We'd better stop them. I'm heading down to Tai O. I'm going to shake some cages and see what falls out.Captain Ed Lee: Like hell you will! Tai O's not your turf and you know it! That's an ongoing narcotics probe! We have it under control!Inspector Tequila: Drug gangs, turf wars, and a dead cop -- and you call that under control?Captain Ed Lee: Watch your step, Tequila! You go out of bounds, you lose your badge!
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