[[quoteright:240:[[VideoGame/RockBand http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TROP014_8412.PNG]]]]
[[caption-width-right:240:[[VisualPun Beware of rusting]].]]

->"There's no pause feature. No, it's not an oversight. Does ''your'' life have a pause control?"
-->-- ''The instruction manual for VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors, in reference to Desert Bus''

%% One quote is sufficient. Please place additional entries on the quotes tab.

There are many types of games out there. Some are designed to be [[AntiPoopSocking picked up and played for minutes at a time]]. Others spread out their {{Save Point}}s in the interest of providing a [[CheckpointStarvation a greater challenge]]. These games can use SaveGameLimits to prevent sessions from becoming too long or cumbersome while still preserving a sense of danger.

Without Save Game Limits, the only way to take a break from the game in-between save points is to pause the game. It's not the perfect solution, as the system has to keep running during the break, but it works.


There are a few games which have challenges where the simple act of pausing is forbidden, ''and'' you need to play for a considerable length of time. And you thought [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife TV Tropes would ruin your life]].

With some modern systems, the pause feature is hard-coded into the system, such as with the Wii (Press the home button), the Playstation Vita (press the PS button), and the DS (Close the lid), but it's possible to deny a prize when this feature is used (as is the case with the TropeNamer).

UsefulNotes/{{Arcade Game}}s inherently don't have any sort of pausing feature, due to being designed to be played in public; a pause feature for these games means that one player could just hog the cabinet all day and prevent other players from putting in money to play. The player is expected to stay the entire time if they intend to complete the game, which, depending on the type of game, can take anywhere between a few minutes to an ''hour''. And gods help you if [[EndlessGame the game's length is dictated solely by how long the player can stave off a game over]], especially if you're aiming for a world-class score.

MoralGuardians may be shocked at the long list below, but this is actually a rare trope in popular modern games. Most of the examples are for very specific situations or obscure games.

Not related to BottomlessBladder.

Compare MarathonLevel and MarathonBoss. AntiRageQuitting, though well-intentioned, may bleed into this depending on how long the game takes to complete a round or match. Contrast AntiPoopSocking, where the game implements features to keep people from doing JustOneMoreLevel too much. Note that pausing has to be disabled, or breaks away from the game have to be met with a penalty, for a game to count as this trope. CheckpointStarvation is its own thing.

If you don't have one and you try your hand at these sorts of games anyway, be prepared for a PottyEmergency or a PottyFailure.



[[folder:Action Game]]
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'': The lengthy unskippable intro, where you are given a trial by fire immediately after.

[[folder:Adventure Game]]
* ''VideoGame/{{D}}'' or ''D no Shokutaku'' (''Table of D'') is based on a real-world three-hour time limit, with no pause function or saving. This ''does'' accomplish the goal of adding a genuine sense of urgency to the proceedings... but it also penalizes you for having to step away for any reason.
* ''[[VideoGame/NancyDrew Nancy Drew: The Final Scene]]'': Be sure you've made your peace with God and your bladder before starting a phone call, because some of those calls go on for a while and there's no way to stop them. Remedied in later games, which prompt Nancy for her responses instead of making them automatic and allow a merciful breather.
* If you want to listen to the culprit's full confession at the end of the game adaptation of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', you'd better make a quick trip to the bathroom before going upstairs because this particular MotiveRant goes on and on with no sign of stopping until [[spoiler: the player's cue to step in and save the final victim.]]
* In ''VideoGame/OmikronTheNomadSoul'', accessing your inventory doesn't actually pause the game: if you do it while standing in the street, you can get hit by a car and take damage. And you can't access your inventory at all while you're swimming, or during the fighting or FPS segments. To make it even more frustrating, [[SaveToken you have to collect magic rings in order to save your game]]. So if you run out of rings, there's no way to step away from the game without losing progress.

[[folder: Driving Game ]]

* ''Desert Bus'', one of the minigames from VideoGame/PennAndTellersSmokeAndMirrors. To quote Wiki/TheOtherWiki, "The objective of the game is to drive a bus from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada in real time at a maximum speed of 45mph, a feat that would take the player 8 hours of continuous play to complete, as the game cannot be paused." It would be easy to bullshit this, if the bus didn't gently veer to the right on its own. Canadian sketch-comedy group ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' ran a ''WebVideo/DesertBusForHope'' campaign, playing the 'game' continuously (and broadcasting it on a webcam) for almost four days to raise money for charity. They used alternating drivers, but they would have had to use the facilities during at least ''one'' person's shift. The third year one driver went for 12 hours straight. He did, however, pass off the controller on occasion to use the facilities. The fourth year they took turns taking 24 hour shifts, as they had so much practice that the game was too easy if they took the traditional 4 hours each. They went for nearly 6 days. But what else would you expect from the producers, Creator/PennAndTeller?
* ''Manga/WanganMidnight Maximum Tune'' hands out special titles for continuing 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60 times in a row. You'll need to have at least as many plays left on your card as you need continues to get the desired title, as card expiration will break your continue chain. You'll also need to make sure no one else wants to play, as continuing to play when other people are waiting to play and no other machines are available is considered very rude in many arcades. One possible solution is to get fellow players to play a few credits on your card while you go off to take a break.
* While normally averted in the ''VideoGame/{{Forza}}'' series, where one can pause the game in the endurance races (which are generally only about an hour, unless in a custom race), one of the weekly events to win a [[RareVehicles Unicorn Car]] with a unique paintjob required players to do ''three hundred and sixty five'' laps around the full Le Mans circuit - in an online lobby, which meant no pausing. The fastest time to complete the event was something like ''23 hours''.
* The arcade versions of ''VideoGame/DaytonaUSA'' and ''Daytona USA 2'' have operator settings to change the number of laps, from the stock 8 (Beginner) / 4 (Advanced) / 2 (Expert) laps to as many as 500 (Beginner) / 250 (Advanced) / 125 (Expert) in ''2''. Again, this is an ''arcade'' game, so it inherently has no pause feature.

[[folder: Fighting Game ]]

* The ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' games for the earlier systems lacked pause features, since pressing Start was to ''block''. Even though the Super NES had the L and R buttons to do this (and mapped R to Run in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' and ''Ultimate''), it still had no pause (unless you unlocked the cheat menus, but only on ''[=MK3=]/[=UMK3=]''). Same with ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' on the 3-button Genesis controller, where pressing Start switched from punching to kicking (the 6-button controller did let you pause).
** In order to unlock Pong in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'', you need to have 250 wins... in a row. In a game without a pause function and automatic progression between screens, giving you a maximum of 98 seconds before having to inflict damage to your idle player 2 in order to avoid a draw. [[note]]Though it's simpler to do a number of wins, cause some damage at the beginning of a round, then use the remaining time in the round and the beginning of the time of the next round (2-3 minutes) to use the bathroom, get something to eat, and/or just take a breather.
* This trope is actually an important rule in general competitive fighting game play. If a player pauses the game mid match, they are disqualified and lose the match. In fact, ''{{VideoGame/Skullgirls}}'' has an "anti-pause" feature programmed that requires the player to hold the start buton rather than press it in order to pause, specifically so that this doesn't happen on accident.


[[folder: First Person Shooter ]]
* ''VideoGame/CombatArms''' Fireteam mode has a map called [[ZombieApocalypse Cabin Fever]], where a group of 8 defend a small cabin from highly resistant [[NotUsingTheZWord infected]] - ''for 45 minutes on the extreme difficulty''.
** And while there are breaks between each level, they are just long enough to reload three weapons, and then you have to start shooting again!
* ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' has some pretty cruel examples:
** For the ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}'' achievement, Annual, needed to get Recon Armor, 4 players must together beat the final level on [[HarderThanHard Legendary]] on [[UpToEleven Ghosts]] with [[NintendoHard Iron on]]. If one player dies, you must start again from the last checkpoint.
** ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' gives you the Endure Achievement (also for Recon; noting a pattern?) where four players must all together survive through set 4 in firefight on Heroic. This task can easily last for three hours, and any one person leaving could result in the enemy breaking through and promptly killing everyone.
* There's a ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty 4: VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' server (and maybe other games) called "20 seconds to POOP".
* VS mode in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' doesn't allow you to make your character go idle, thus if you really need to go away for a while, you either need to suck it up and play the whole game through, or leave the game and come back to start all over.
** There's relief in sight! If you can convince all the survivors to stay in the safe room at the start of a map (without opening the door), the infected can't attack and you can take a break.
*** You get about three minutes though, before the door automatically opens and ''the Infected get instant respawns''. On top of this, common infected and special infected AI will not wait and will attack as soon as the door is opened.
** For that matter, the game generally doesn't allow for a lot of breaks outside of the safe rooms. Fortunately, if a player goes idle, the AI automatically takes over the character until he returns.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty World at War'''s ''VideoGame/NaziZombies'' requires four players to play from the start of the game [[EndlessGame until their inevitable end]], and if one player leaves for more than a couple seconds, it could put every player at risk of quick defeat because a choke point is left undefended. Depending on how well a game goes, it can be between one or two hours before the players finally die, allowing for a quick bathroom break before a rematch.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Borderlands}} Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot]]'' has three larger challenges that each involve completing 20 rounds of 5 waves of enemies each, with the enemies getting harder each round and more modifiers being added (like enemies with stronger shields, enemies only take damage from [[CriticalHit criticals]], players being restricted to a certain weapon, etc). If you're doing it solo, you can pause, but with other people you can't, although after each round you do get a screen that will stay up until one person presses OK, so you can take your breaks there.
** This is made worse by the fact that if you or your team should lose, you get sent back to the beginning of the previous round. Not wave, ROUND, I.E., lose on round 9, wave 4, get sent back to round 8, wave 1. This means unless the player(s) are exceptionally good, most people are looking at more than 20 rounds. The large challenges will take around five hours at the very least.
* ''VideoGame/KillingFloor'' gives you about a minute between rounds, which is usually spent mostly by moving to the trader location to restock ammo or buying new weapons (though smart players will already have done so during the round when only a few enemies are left), and heading for a good spot to hole up in for the next wave. Pretty much the only good chance to take a break is between levels or if you get yourself killed early during a round.
* In ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'', the First World Bank has a secret room that can only be opened on the [[HarderThanHard Overkill 145+]] difficulty after doing some convoluted steps to make the door appear. To access the secret vault, you have to let the drill do its job for ''2 hours''. This means you can't take a break since the game lacks a "go idle" feature and the waves of cops are near endless. Better hope your connection doesn't suddenly drop!
** A patched changed the requirements where you can access the vault on any difficulty and the time needed to wait is 30 minutes instead of 2 hours. Much more manageable, but it's still long enough where you can't afford to walk away without problems.
* Mann vs. Machine mode in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. ''Especially'' if you're playing Mann Up: you're ''paying real-world money'' for the goodies at the end. Any chance to take a break is between waves, and you only get enough time when nobody is ready yet: once three players the "Get Ready" button the timer to start the next wave begins[[note]]It used to start counting to the next wave after only ''one'' player readied up![[/note]]. And more often than not, the server than you connect is always on the first wave. And don't even get me ''started'' on [[MarathonLevel Wave 666]]...


[[folder: Hack and Slash ]]

* ''VideoGame/{{Sacred}} 2'' on the [=PS3=] has no pause function, even if you go to your inventory. The only way to "pause" is to save and exit, and when you return you're ''at your last save point''.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising'''s Infinity Mode, you have to stay alive for as long as possible while your [[WizardNeedsFoodBadly health slowly decreases]]. The InfinityPlusOneSword could be earned if you stayed alive for five in-game days (ten real life hours). You could also earn [[AndYourRewardIsClothes a pair of boxers]] for an in-game week (fourteen hours). Most guides recommend stockpiling food and finding a safe spot to let your health drain, minimizing the amount of time you need to spend playing the actual game, but you need to plan things out a bit for that route.
** And even with the best of planning it is entirely possible that, due to the hardware running for so long, certain areas basically become kill screens; meaning a very real possibility of a full blown game crash to occur when switching between areas resulting in unceremonious failure.
* You cannot pause ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' when playing online, as with most multiplayer online games. This becomes especially rough when you play "hardcore", where when you die ''the game deletes your character''. However, your character cannot be attacked in town, so as long as you carry some town portal scrolls, you can use them as a sort of pause.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' lets you pause if you're in a private single-player game. If your game is public and/or multiplayer, you can't, as indicated by the text on the ESC menu.
* ''VideoGame/PathOfExile'' disallows pausing, period. Even if you're not in a party and you're not in a town!

[[folder:Maze Game]]
* Most older arcade games have this potentially, but the devs didn't really expect anyone to play for that long on one quarter.
** ''VideoGame/PacMan'' is known for a trick to avert this in which you can "park" Pac-Man in a certain location and be guaranteed that the monsters will never attack him.
** There are ''VideoGame/{{Asteroids}}'' players who stock up 99 lives, ''take breaks'' while the ship is left to die a few dozen times, then resume play.

* In [=MMOs=], pausing is generally either not possible or disadvantageous. Extreme examples of this trope include:
** The [[http://videogames.yahoo.com/feature/new-game-enemy-takes-a-solid-day-to-defeat/1238418 Pandemonium Warden]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''. Even after the patch, it has a 2 hour time limit.
*** [[http://wiki.ffxiclopedia.org/wiki/Argus Argus]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' is a notorious monster that, when killed will respawn 18-30 hours later. That means any time within a timeframe of 12 REAL LIFE HOURS this mob could pop. To have any chance of claiming him, you have to stay until you either get him, or he is killed so you know when the window for the next spawn is open. So hardcore players often spent the full 12 hours camping him. Thankfully the item the mob drops also drops in a more convenient instance, but for the longest time the only way to get that item was to be willing to camp for up to 12 hours a day, and schedule your life around its respawns. Even less intensive notorious monsters could easily have a spawn time of 2-4 hours. Combine that with competition or bad luck and it was very easy to spend an 8 hour day for two attempts at a monster's drop.
** For a substantial time after release, attempting to finish the Fight Caves challenge in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' had no possible way of leaving your computer, save for getting lucky and trapping the last enemy of a round behind a wall (which was still limited by the 90 second inactivity log-out). The Fight Caves, with the equipment available at its release, took an average of 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete. Luckily, you can now save what wave of the challenge you're on by trying to log out, which will send you back into the cave at the same wave the next time you log in.
** The final area in ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'' takes a ''minimum'' of two hours to complete. And that's just if you have a competent crew. You have to make your way through Shallow Seas, the Robofish cave, and Sealab Compound just for a chance to fight the Chapter 1 boss. And it's an instance, meaning that if you exit the game for whatever reason, you have to start over from the beginning. Casual MMO, my eye!
*** Dead Man's Shadow takes this to extremes: if you want to do a boss run, it's generally accepted that you should set aside a bare minimum of '''ten''' hours. And that's assuming you're attuned (once you reach a certain area for the first time, you become "attuned", which gives you the ability to skip past the first section of the maze).
* ''VideoGame/EVEOnline''. Due to the one-server nature of Eve, it's possible for enemies in different timezones to schedule their assaults of player-owned structures so that the defenders will have to play at inconvenient times or accept their losses. However, the reinforced mode system alleviates this problem somewhat: If the enemy succeeds in assaulting a player-owned structure, it becomes invulnerable for a certain number of hours, which can be adjusted by the owner beforehand. If the defender correctly estimated the time of the attack, the structure will exit reinforced mode at a time when the defender can organize an effective defense.
** The reality being that it actually gets a ticking timer until it comes out of reinforced. Expect a large battle at that time if the attackers and defenders are both serious, otherwise...
* The now-abolished honor ranking system in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' awarded points according to the relative lethality of the character among their respective faction: the most-lethal character received the lion's share of the points, the next-best got half of that and so on. If you had points above a certain threshold, you attained the next rank. Unfortunately, the point requirements went up exponentially. In practice, to attain the highest ranks of Grand Marshal (Alliance) and High Warlord (Horde), you had to fight almost nonstop for several months. To make this even remotely tolerable, many players opted to play the same character in shifts, even if account-sharing was against the rules. And to make things worse, you lost a portion of your already-accumulated points each week, so not playing for a while could negate weeks of effort. In the earliest incarnations of the system, losing a rank also made your hard-earned gear unusable, making it necessary to maintain the [[IncrediblyLamePun breakneck]] pace.
** ''[=WoW=]'' has a more straightforward example with its instances, especially those in the original pre-expansion game. Some, like Blackrock Depths, take a good ''eight hours'' to complete. They all offer breaks in the action where players can say "BRB" and go relieve themselves, refill their Mountain Dew, tend to any sobbing, neglected children, etc. Thankfully, the newer instances are about an hour tops.
*** That would be Blackrock Spire, Which consisted of no less than FIVE (though two are raids) "separate" zones. Though you can move from one to the next with only having to leave the instance once, from the dwarven/elemental area to the dragon/orc one. Before the newest expansion there was an EscortMission in the Dwarven area that was at the very LEAST a half hour long in and of itself, with the potential for the escortee, Marshal Winsdor, to die, causing you to have to RESTART THE DAMNED THING. BRD gave many a player grey hair and CrossPoppingVeins. A full clear of the mountain, not counting the two raids, at the proper levels (54-60) would take about 10 hours or more. The raids themselves, Molten Core and Blackwing Lair, would take about the same amount of time each when they were considered end game.
* Crews on ''VideoGame/PuzzlePirates'' sometimes go on several-hour-long raids (some crews go out for 12 hours, some have even done 24 and beyond). This involves repeatedly attacking ships on the high seas, and stopping at port only to offload loot, resupply, and sail right back out. Expect the crew's captain and senior officers to remain on duty for hours on end. Junior officers seeking promotion will also try to stay active as long as possible. Due to the way that individual player actions influence the effectiveness of the ship they're on, a single crewmate "hopping off for a quick whiz" can cost the crew an hour's work, so Steel Bladders are practically required. Fortunately during port resupply, most crewmates can run to the loo, and in the middle of a journey you can take a minute out to free that bladder real fast. Not so for the captain, who has to run to the store and pick up more cannonballs. Some captains have been known to fall asleep at the wheel during the later stages of a long raid. It is yet unknown how many have spontaneously exploded due to rising internal urine pressure.
** [[TooMuchInformation Some pirates play on laptops.]]
** Raids? Try blockades: the above with Ventrilo and higher stakes.
** This was exploited in a similar way to the above EVE example; by scheduling attacks at unreasonable times, one particularly infamous {{Griefer}} by the name of Robertdonald forced defenders to log on to play at extremely bothersome times or risk losing a high-stakes battle by default. Then he would frequently not show up and let the defenders win by default, repeatedly doing this solely to bully people until he got banned for it.
* The game mechanics of Vanquishing in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' falls into this when you attempt it in the original game's zones. Vanquishing a zone requires you to kill every active mob in a zone without moving to another instance(which resets the counter). Due to a lack of outposts linking the zones in the Prophecies campaign, you'll either need to do suicide runs to the non-linked areas or chain Vanquish zones. This is while every hour you received a notice to take a break.
* A lot of browser games fall into this trap, particularly ''{{VideoGame/Evony}}'' and ''Tribal Wars''. To keep your military and resources up to speed you basically have to be on 24/7. The only real way to win is, indeed, not to play.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizard101}}'' has several bosses that can take an hour or two to kill especially if the player does not have a full team. While a player does occasionally have a minute to make a mad dash for a quick bathroom break if they make their move at the beginning of the round [[note]]If you do do this, pass! Otherwise your allies may spend the entire time screaming not to do that move because it will ruin their strategy or worse, [[PuzzleBoss the boss's punishment]][[/note]] if one of the spells with a longer animation has been cast. Oh, and was it mentioned that these take place in instances that can easily take several hours?

[[folder:Party Game]]
* ''[[VideoGame/MarioParty Mario Party 6]]'' has Endurance Alley mode, in which the objective is to win 100 mini-games in a row - without save points. However, it is much easier if [[GameBreaker you have only unlocked a few mini-games]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Anticipation}}'' does not let you pause during the puzzle mode. You can only pause on the board game part.

[[folder:Platform Game]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'' has the "Gamer's Day" challenge wherein you must beat the games ''5 times in one day''. Pausing and saving are allowed, but it meets the trope qualifications in spirit, as RealLife TimeKeepsOnTicking.
** It doesn't actually mean that you need to beat the game from the beginning to the end 5 times in 1 day: you only need to beat Wily's castle 5 times, which is far easier if you keep a savefile handy.
* ''Film/GhostbustersII'' on the NES doesn't have a pause function. Attacked by ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'':
-->''"I mean, if you have to answer the phone, or take a shit, it's like, 'Tough shit if you gotta take a shit!' You gotta take a quick shit! You gotta have turbo turds! I'm trying to play the game, I've got shit stains in my pants, and an answering machine that says 'Sorry, I'm playing ''Ghostbusters 2'' on Nintendo.' What a selfish game. Bottom line, '''have a fucking pause button, god damn it!'''''"
* You can't pause in ''VideoGame/Stinkoman20X6''. You can, however, usually find a safe place to stand quite easily, where you can stay idle as long as you like. There's even a safe spot in the first boss room.
** However, standing idle in [[SlippySlideyIceWorld Level 7]] is actually hazardous as you will take damage from the cold no matter where you are.
* [[ThatOneBoss Because the bosses in]] Sakupen's ''[[VideoGame/DadSeries Dadgame]]'' [[SarcasmMode were not tough and frustrating enough]], pausing is disabled when you fight them (though it's allowed everywhere else in the game). Some of those bosses are fairly lengthy and very difficult fights, therefore the forbidden pause can cause a great amount of frustration if you're close to beating a boss when you're distracted.
* The flash game ''VideoGame/PauseAhead'' is an interesting use of this trope. It doesn't prevent you from pausing the game, but if you pause your character will still move in the direction you moved him in. Lots of puzzles in the game require the pause button. This means that you will pause the game to play it, making it nearly impossible to use the pause button to pause the game for real.
** Unless you don't move at all before pausing. In this game, pausing only maintains the momentum until the game's unpaused. So no momentum = actual pause break.
* ''VideoGame/CatPlanet'' has no ability to save, requiring the player to beat the game in one go. There's no way to pause either, but there is no penalty for death and the player can just sit motionlessly.

[[folder:Puzzle Game]]
* In the freeware game ''VideoGame/IrisuSyndrome,'' attempting to click away from the game window on your [[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13th]] playthrough will result in... [[DarthWiki/IrisuSyndrome a little surprise.]]
* The NES version of ''Mike Tyson's VideoGame/PunchOut'' has no pause feature during a match. To compensate, round intermissions and pre- and post-fight screens wait for the player to press Start to begin or resume the bout.

[[folder:Real Time Strategy]]
* ''Toys/RockRaiders'' had levels that couldn't be saved and played for up to an hour, making them highly frustrating both for the (usually young) player and their parents. However, it wasn't that bad, since the game usually crashed long before finishing the mission.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' and other MOBA games require anywhere between 15 minutes and over an hour for a single game, and there's no telling how long a game will take - the more balanced the teams are, the longer until one or the other wins. And if you go AFK in your base when nature calls, there's a good chance when you get back you'll be staring at the defeat screen and four angry teammates calling you all sorts of names and threatening to report you.
** It should be noted though, that there are death timers. If you get killed, you stay dead for a while, and in longer games this can take over a minute. If you're fast, that's enough.


[[folder: Rhythm Game ]]

* ''VideoGame/RockBand 2'' has the {{Trope Namer|s}} in the form of an achievement/trophy: beat all the songs in the game, in a row, without pausing or failing. We're talking 6.25 hours, non-stop. Bassists and vocalists are the only ones that get a few spots where they can feasibly use the restroom (the ending for "Nine in the Afternoon" isn't -quite- long enough for the lead guitarist). Ever wondered why rock bands have a long guitar solo and a long drum solo in almost every live set? Well, now you know.
** Guitarists do have an incredibly long break in the middle of AC/DC's "Let There Be Rock".
** The achievement was probably thrown in there in response to people pausing in Rock Band 1's endless setlist, despite a couple ideal spots to actually use the restroom without pausing (most notably in Music/TheWho's [[Music/WhosNext "Won't Get Fooled Again"]] - the game actually tells you how long the break is in one of the loading messages and mentions that it might be a good spot to use said facilities)
** Some ''individual'' songs can even be this if your group isn't prepared. Never say "I'll go after the next song" when someone has just picked, say, [[EpicRocking "Camera Eye"]] or [[SerialEscalation "2112"]][[note]]yes, the whole thing can be played as one song in-game[[/note]] by Music/{{Rush}}.
** Considering the achievement doesn't actually require playing with a band, you can instead start a solo game and take turns with your friends for a much more comfortable experience.
*** Or get about sixteen people together who are competent on all instruments and tag in and out.
** {{Averted}} in ''Rock Band 3''. While several challenges require you to play through 40+ song sets, the game pauses to show you scores between each song, giving you the opportunity to take a necessary break for as long as needed.
** Also {{Averted}} in both ''The Beatles: Rock Band'' and ''Green Day: Rock Band''. Each has a challenge to finish the game's career mode within 24 hours, but this need not be over consecutive play-sessions.
* "The Games We Played" for ''VideoGame/{{Stepmania}}'' is 16 minutes long, although it feels like an eternity at some points since the average [=BPM=] is rather low.
** Before that there was [=DWInsanity's=] J-Paradise Megamix, which is 15 minutes of songs from Dancemania's J-Paradise music album (Including some fan favorites from DDR Hot Limit, Synchronized Love, and a remix of Rhythm of Police). Although the higher [=BPMs=] didn't make this song a drag, there is many moments where the arrows follow the hyper 16th note synth sounds (like Flash in the Night from DDR MAX DDR 6th Mix), so, have fun tackling frequent FITN runs in an over 15 minute song (especially on a pad)
** Similarly, the DDR Endless Modes don't let you pause, but at least you get a break every few songs.
** Very few dance game custom songs are long enough to require a bladder of steel because generally shorter songs are much more fun to play. The longest well-known endurance song is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjnpI1YODIw Denjin K Megamix]] at over 25 minutes. However, that doesn't stop some from coming up with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oz2xSUNKFs complete insanity...]]
* Some achievements in ''VideoGame/{{osu}}''! involve playing songs over 30 minutes long without pausing. Since all those achievements are classified as "hush-hush", revealing the way to obtain those achievements can result in a ban from the game.

[[folder:Role Playing Game]]
* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' and ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' lack the ability to pause for any reason. Accessing inventory? Sorry, game's still rolling. Need a break during a particularly long and insanely hard boss fight? Nope, tough luck. Checking PSN trophies? Still completely vulnerable to enemy attacks. Also, thanks to the online PVP system, even parking your avatar in a corner can quickly and easily lead to a bloody end. Keep in mind, this is in a game that is already difficult enough to make grown men cry. However, the game saves your exact position when you quit, so, pretty much any time you aren't in combat you can stop playing without consequence just fine.
* There is a trophy for finishing ''VideoGame/NieR'' in under 15 hours. The timer for this keeps ticking while the game is paused. Although it's forgiving enough that bathroom breaks won't hurt, if you need to step away for something longer, like a meal, you're out of luck.
* Two of Nippon Ichi Software's spin-off titles, ''Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman'' and ''Cladun: This is an [=RPG=]'' try to force a surprising level of commitment from you. ''Unlosing Ranger'' uses the RogueLike / Mystery Dungeon model, but doesn't allow you to make a quicksave during dungeons except at a caravan stop. ''Cladun'' is an action-RPG where even though the main levels are all self-contained and can be played individually, you can't pause except by putting the PSP into sleep mode. This only becomes a serious hassle in the random dungeon, where you go through multiple floors continuously.
* A complex modpack released for the InNameOnly ''[[VideoGame/PiratesOfTheCaribbean2003 Pirates of the Caribbean]]'' game involved (among other things) a challenge where a monk would give the player a relic that doubles their life or their combat effectiveness, but disables the main menu (no saving, no loading, no quitting the game). The only way to get rid of it was giving it to another monk. There was only one such monk on each island.
* The original ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' game had no pause button. This was inconvenient in a world in which a second's hesitation could (and often would) result in you being brutally savaged by a giant fire-breathing wyvern. It also didn't help that most of these things would take about half an hour to kill. Feel the call ten minutes into fighting Rathalos? Tough break - either run to a new zone and hope it doesn't follow you (and eat you), or stick it out for another 30. Thankfully, this was averted in the newer versions.
* A thankfully minor example is the Dream World introduced in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. It's a web game that only allows you to play for an hour each day. [[note]]In practice you can actually play for more than an hour, but if you go past that hour the game starts constantly interrupting you with the quit dialog box.[[/note]] Presumably this was intended to keep kids from playing too much, but the problem comes from the fact that the one hour isn't one hour of actually ''playing''; exactly one hour after you first start the Dream World, you're locked out until the next day, even if you quit to go do something else intending to come back later. So you have to actually be playing for the whole hour in a row, or else you miss out on some of the advancement you might have had.

[[folder:Shoot Em Up]]
* The Genesis[=/=]UsefulNotes/MegaDrive port of ''Grind Stormer''/''V-V'' allows you to ''disable pausing'' in the options menu.
** As does ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' (starting with ''Melee'') to prevent anyone from abusing the pause button to break their opponents' concentration and screw up their timing during a multiplayer match.
* An interesting semi-aversion: there is an old ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' clone for DOS called ''[[BlandNameProduct Space Intruders]]'' that would not let you pause. If you hit the pause button, the words "Pause Requested" would appear at the bottom of the screen; this means the game will pause for you after you finish the current wave. The intent was to keep the game frantic without fully succumbing to this trope.
* Pretty much every game made by Creator/{{Cactus}}. ''VideoGame/CleanAsia'' is the especially {{JustForFun/egregious}} case.
** Forgetting to add a pause button is common in indie games.
* "Caravan" modes in ''VideoGame/StarSoldier'' games keep the timer going ''even if the game is paused''. This serves two purposes: First, Hudson ran a series of score attack events and keeping the timer running even during pause prevented one single player from hoarding the game. Second, this prevents PauseScumming, punishing players who try to pause the game to take their time. Then again, these modes are only 2 or 5 minutes long, subverting this trope.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Recca}}'', there's a [[TimeKeepsOnTicking timer that keeps counting down]] even during the pause screen, and if it reaches zero it's an instant GameOver regardless of lives. This isn't a problem in Normal Mode, but it ''is'' in Hard Mode, which is much longer. Like ''Star Soldier'', it's justified as it was made for an event.
* ''VideoGame/NineteenFortyTwo'' is one of the longest arcade games that does have an ending, taking ''over an hour'' to complete its 32 stages.

[[folder:Simulation Game]]
* ''ATC'', a text-based air traffic control game available on many open-source operating systems[[note]]Usually part of the "bsdgames" package[[/note]], runs in real time, and with no pause. The main page says something to the effect of: "Deal with it, RealLife air traffic controllers can't pause the airplanes either".[[note]]To which the average gamer replied, "Yes, but RealLife air traffic controllers also have someone else in the tower to hand things over to if they need the bathroom!" Well, and the small matter of RealLife air traffic controllers being compensated quite well for a difficult and grueling job while average gamers are not paid for playing something which they usually expect to be, you know, entertaining.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/SteelBattalion'' has missions that range from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, none of which can be paused (unless you unplug the controller, in which case it will wait for you to replug it in and hit the Start button), or even reset. Once the mission begins, you accept full responsibility for the loss of your mech, or death. If you fail too much and no longer have enough supply points for a new VT, you must start the game over. If you die, same deal.
* ''[[Videogame/{{Elite}} Elite Dangerous]]'' cannot be paused which is particularly annoying because the "Pause" control [[NonIndicativeName doesn't actually pause the game]]. However, it does have a "Save and Quit" function which works as a (very slow) pause button.

[[folder:Stealth Based Game]]
* The ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series is infamous for its long cutscenes that can either invoke this trope if you insist on not missing out on the story, or serve as a good sandwich and bathroom break if you don't care or if you've seen it before. One of the most notorious stretches of non-gameplay occurs right at the end of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', with a solid 30 minutes of cutscenes and codec chatter between the Metal Gear RAY boss fight and the final boss fight. And some of the cutscenes in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' can run even longer than that, but thankfully [=MGS4=] finally allows you to pause them by pressing the menu button.
** But watch out! That ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' half-hour cutscene includes a PressXToNotDie scene where Raiden is being suffocated, requiring the player to hammer Triangle to keep his oxygen bar full.
** The top ranking for ''Guns of the Patriots'' can only be earned by completing the game within a certain time limit. Unfortunately the time limit is fairly tight and ''any time spent in the pause screen is included''. You can still save and quit the game, but habitually leaving it running while using the bathroom or answering the phone will result in rage once you are denied the ranking at the end. Of course the game [[GuideDangIt never gives you any hints that pause time counts towards your total...]]

[[folder:Third-Person Shooter]]
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 2'' and ''3'' feature Horde Mode, where a team of up to five humans fight 50 increasingly powerful waves of enemies. There is no safe time to pause, the rare exception being when a wave is failed--the game then waits until the host elects to either restart the wave or throw in the towel, assuming the other players don't also quit during that time (and comebacks are difficult, especially in 3, since fortifications are cleared and everyone reverts to their spawn weapons).

[[folder:Table Top Games]]
* [[http://slamdancr.com/wp/2011/01/what-is-fourthcore/ Fourthcore]] is a NintendoHard variant of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4th edition. The introductory module ''[[http://slamdancr.com/wp/2011/08/c1-crucible-of-the-gods/ Crucible of the Gods]]'' is recommended to be run with a real-time limit of three hours that ''does not stop running for anything'', including bathroom breaks or when the DM is being MrExposition.

!!Non-Video Game Examples:

* While going out to see a movie (or theater, too) is wonderful fun, there's a feeling that you paid money to see it and you ''want'' to watch the whole thing - and there is no pause feature at the movies. Then they sell you a large soda and expect you to sit through the EndingFatigue of a three hour movie as if NobodyPoops was real and not just a fiction trope. "Intermission" in films was largely due to the need to change reels, and has been phased out in the west.
* Hitchcock famously tried to avert this by believing that the length of movies should be dependent on the size of the human bladder.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* If your favorite team is one of those playing in the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl, vying for the Vince Lombardi trophy, AND you're interested in watching the commercials, your bathroom break opportunities will be limited. If you want to see the halftime show, you're screwed.
** Unless the power goes out at the stadium.
** Or there are [=TVs=] in the bathroom, as sports bars are inclined to have.
* Americans have their UsefulNotes/SuperBowl, Canada has Hockey in general. In fact, during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, with the Canadians and Americans vying for the Gold Medal, [[http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/archive/00524/flush-graphic_524241a.jpg someone in Edmonton noticed interesting variations of water usage during the game.]] Canada won 3-2.

* On August 21, 2014, the Fox Now ([=FXX=]) channel aired a marathon of all 552 episodes (at the time) of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. All 25 seasons. A '''12 day non-stop marathon'''. The commercials that advertised the marathon plays off this trope by saying "We're all gonna die", while showing the fall of civilization, because ''nobody'' is doing anything besides watching The Simpsons.
* In {{WesternAnimation/Jumanji}}, succumbing to this trope (or at least the food variation) is [[spoiler: the reason Alan is trapped in Jumanji for the entire series. He was called away for dinner right as the game board showed the clue he had to solve to get out, so because he missed the clue, he couldn't solve his riddle and ended up trapped in the game for years.]]



-->[-Quit your bellyaching! It's 10 more miles til the next rest stop!-]