Magpie Syndrome/The Upgrade That Isn't
A character (not always the Player Character) discards their decent gear for gear that is supposedly better, even if it isn\'t.
- Rebels in Half-Life 2 will often drop their current weapon when they come across a supposedly better weapon. Oddly enough, however, this Troper has found that dropping enough of the right weapons in the same area near a group of Rebels will cause them to compulsively switch weapons with no clear reason. Imagine that Rebel A has a shotgun, and Rebel B has an AR 2. Rebel A comes across an SMG and drops the shotgun. Rebel B then walks over to the dropped shotgun and takes it, dropping their AR 2. Rebel A will then swap their SMG for the AR 2. Artificial Insanity, perhaps?
- In the Diablo games, it's often hard for experienced players to weigh the merits of two similar items. Beginners usually have to throw their hands up and use whatever drop is the "rarest" and highest-level, regardless of its actual benefits.
Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable