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Playing With: Porting Disaster
Basic Trope: A good video game is ported onto another system and picks up lots of flaws.
  • Straight: Trope Quest II was a well-liked game on one system, but when it got ported over to another, it picked up frame rate issues, glitches, and more loading. It also cut corners on the graphics.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Trope Quest II was butchered with the port. Half the game content is gone, glitches lurk around every corner, and where was once a big, elaborate ending is now A Winner Is You ending.
    • The moment you put the game in the console, it blows it up.
  • Downplayed: The port doesn't wreck too much, and while it's not as good as the original, it's still generally good.
  • Justified: They were porting the game down to a less powerful system than the original system it was on, so there was quite a bit that had to go.
  • Inverted: Polished Port.
  • Subverted: There are some negative qualities to the port, but at the same time, they made up for it by adding and/or improving other things.
  • Double Subverted: The port added new levels and enemies, but the levels are uninspired Cut and Paste Environments, and the 'new' enemies are just Palette Swaps. In both cases, the additions are judged to be not worth what was taken out or simplified.
  • Parodied: Trope Quest II was a recent release on a seventh generation console, and got ported to the Atari 2600.
  • Zig-Zagged: Some of the port is better, some is worse.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded:
    • Characters in the game comment on how much uglier things look, or on the missing content that should be there.
    • The developers apologize in the manual, if not the game itself, for the lower quality.
  • Invoked: ???
  • Defied: Despite the port being on a less powerful system than the original, the bonus content to make up for the lower quality ends up making the game more popular than the original.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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