Created By: SpiderRider3 on May 20, 2012 Last Edited By: SpiderRider3 on July 14, 2012

Honk if Your Horn is Useless

A driving game allows you to honk the horn when it doesn't do anything

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Honking the horn on your vehicle is a good form of stress relief. Why do you think every one likes doing it so much in Real Life? Video game developers realize this and allow you to honk the horn while driving in their games even if it doesn't do anything.

Sub-Trope of Taunt Button.


Examples

First-Person Shooter
  • Battlefield Play4Free: Although the horn does nothing, the other players will be able to hear your horn. Then they'll really know you mean business.
  • Halo lets you honk the horn on the Warthog and Mongoose. It does absolutely nothing... but oddly enough, is still counted by the game as firing your weapon, so one mustn't honk it if they're going a Pacifist Run achievement.

Driving Game
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: The horn can be used to alert a friend that you have arrived to pick them up, but pulling up a few feet closer to them will do the same thing. Elsewhere, the horn does nothing.
  • Sunday Drive on the Genesis version of the Action 52 multicart has a car with no controls other than the horn.
  • Deadly Premonition. It also has turn signals.
  • Each car in Cruisin' USA and its related games has a unique horn sound, each of which has no effect on gameplay whatsoever.
    • One car has a machine gun for its horn - not with real ammunition, of course.
  • Some Mario Kart games have a horn, such as Double Dash

Video Games

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Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • May 20, 2012
    KTera
    • Deadly Premonition. It also has turn signals (useless) and windshield wipers (surprisingly useful). While driving police cars you can sound the siren, which increases your speed but also increases York's heartrate.
  • May 20, 2012
    Stratadrake
    It's almost a shame we can't call it Beep Beep.
  • May 21, 2012
    MorganWick
    Needs a more specific title to make clear that it's not People Sit On Chairs.
  • May 21, 2012
    peccantis
  • May 21, 2012
    DracMonster
  • May 21, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Why make this about honking? If it's about a feature that doesn't do anything, it should be about games doing a lot of such things.
  • May 21, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    • Halo lets you honk the horn on the Warthog and Mongoose. It does absolutely nothing... but oddly enough, is still counted by the game as firing your weapon, so one mustn't honk it if they're going a Pacifist Run achievement.
  • May 21, 2012
    FordPrefect
    Closely related to Useless Item (which, to continue the car analogy, would be more like snow tires in a game without any snow).

  • May 21, 2012
    darkapothem2000
    • Each car in Cruisin' USA and its related games has a unique horn sound, each of which has no effect on gameplay whatsoever.

      • One car in Cruisin' World has a machine gun for its horn - not with real ammunition, of course.
  • May 22, 2012
    Zanreo
    • Not a driving game, but similar: One of the items in BoardGameOnline is a horn. You can honk with it up to three times, but this does nothing except leave a message that "*name* honked their horn".
  • May 22, 2012
    Stratadrake
    @DQZ: This would be a Sub Trope of Taunt Button (setting-relevant command/action with essentially no actual gameplay effect).
  • May 23, 2012
    FalconPain
    The bicycle in EarthBound has a ringable horn.
  • May 23, 2012
    Prfnoff
    Perhaps this should be expanded to include other media where people honk vehicle horns gratuitously.
  • May 23, 2012
    acrobox
    Some Mario Kart games have a horn, such as Double Dash
  • June 2, 2012
    SpiderRider3
    @Dragon Quest Z: Because horns are the most noticeable.
  • June 2, 2012
    MicoolTNT
    People Sit On Chairs, but I'll play along. Need for Speed games, particularly Hot Pursuit. When playing cop, you can also turn on and off a pointless siren.
  • June 18, 2012
    tropeicalparadise
    A game in Warioware: Smooth Moves called Driver's Ed (Aka one of the boss stages) has a useless horn you can honk.
  • July 14, 2012
    DennisDunjinman
    Some Putt-Putt titles required the use of Putt-Putt's horn for some puzzles, but otherwise had limited effect on gameplay.
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