* ApprovalOfGod: SWERY loves fan content of the game, so much so that making games "fan-friendly" is apparently a ''core tenant of his game design philosophy.'' According to him, the best works are the ones that continue to impact the player long after they've stopped playing, and making characters easy to draw/write about/cosplay allows the player to keep interacting with, and experiencing, the game world long after they've stopped playing.
* DoingItForTheArt: Despite the dated looking graphics and animations and lack of polish, the game's developers still managed to work in quite a few details not often seen in games with much higher budgets.
** All the NPCs have fully rendered daily life schedules and are fully animated entering/leaving their cars, buildings, or doing other activities.
** Characters sleep under properly animated [[ThereAreNoBedsheets bedsheets]].
** The mirrors render real-time reflections.
** York's tie moves independently of his suit, although the wonky physics sometimes cause it to [[GoodBadBugs clip through York's suit]].
** Polly's sleeves are modeled to move as she rolls them up instead of remaining static.
* DuelingGames: Depending on who you ask, it's dueling with either ''AlanWake'' or ''HeavyRain''.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The game originally did not have combat sections, [[http://shshatteredmemories.com/greenvale/destructoid-interview-transcript#more-2412 the publishers asked that they be added while playtesting the alpha version of the game.]]
* FlipFlopOfGod: Are the "Other World" encounters actually happening, or are they just in York's head [[spoiler: (and Emily's)]]? Not surprisingly, SWERY's been asked this question in multiple interviews... and he's answered in the affirmative to ''both possibilities.'' Taking all the interviews into account, the answer seems to be something along the lines of, "The [[NotUsingTheZWord shadows]] represent malevolent spirits, so their encounters are mostly mental, but because [[YourMindMakesItReal mental states can have a physical effect on people]], they can be fought off in a physical sense and can have a physical effect on people by affecting their state of mind." [[MindScrew Or something like that.]]
* LetsPlay: Two done in GiantBomb's Endurance Runs running concurrent to each other, an abandoned one from WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment, one by [[SomethingAwful SA]] member {{supergreatfriend}}, one by WebVideo/VideoGamesAwesome and one of the Director's Cut by WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay.
* The way side missions are handled in gameplay is similar to the missions you get in the Tomba games. This is because Swery65 and many of the developers for VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition used to worked on the Tomba games. So in a sense, VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition is a SpiritualSuccessor to the {{Tomba}} games.
* HeyItsThatVoice: {{Seaman}} is a detective solving crimes... that explains so much.
** And [[JojosBizarreAdventure Kakyoin]] took up a job selling tree saplings.
** [[PowerpuffGirls Mojo Jojo]] became a veteran of the Vietnam War.
** [[VideoGames/ClockTower Alyssa Hale]] finds herself inside a clock tower once again.
* NoExportForYou: Want to play Deadly Premonition in Australia? [[http://www.kotaku.com.au/2010/08/deadly-premonition-banned-in-australia/ Nope, because it's banned!]] At least, that's what Rising Star Games thought. The OFLC was contacted on the matter where they said they hadn't even been handed a copy of it. The European/Australian publishers said [[http://www.kotaku.com.au/2010/08/deadly-premonition-not-banned-but-still-no-aussie-release/ they didn't think they could get away with the content and decided not to ship it.]]
* TroubledProduction: Many, ''many'' websites noted the game's resemblance to ''TwinPeaks'', and the developers noticed this, so they redesigned the characters and rerecorded lines, mostly for the prototype York, David Young Henning.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** York's original name was David Young Henning and he also bore more than a passing resemblance to [[TwinPeaks Dale Cooper]], the Red Room actually did look more like a "Red Room" with the twin angels being [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of The Man From Another Place, George had a slightly more elderly appearance with less facial hair, and the song "Miss Stiletto Heels" may not have existed in the original version, with the song "Pillow Stain" in its place, which can easily be found in the game in the sound test. The title was also originally "Rainy Woods". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EbbhwO7pRHA The Trailer can be seen here]].
*** George's old design was still retained in ''Deadly Premonition'' as the model for Richard Dunn, owner of the SWERY 65 bar and father of Quint Dunn.
** The ability to hide in dumpsters suggests you were to hide from the enemies, rather than fight most of them head on. You can see this in most of the Raincoat Killer segments. Which possibly links up the fact that the combat aspect of the game wasn't originally present and was added early in development to keep the publishers happy. Maybe the game would have been more stealth orientated.
* WordOfGod: According to an interview with Swery [[spoiler: Willie the Dalmatian is actually Kaysen's handler. Kaysen gets his orders from the Red Tree through Willie]].
** [[AllInTheManual Swery also cleared up some]] EpilepticTrees as well.
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