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: Executive Meddling prevented the developers from porting the game correctly, shafting them with either a rushed production time or insufficient resources.
  • 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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