What it used to mean:
—>Something which is usually not considered awesome by default, being presented as something awesome.
What people are using it for now:
—>Something which is awesome.
—>Something which is not awesome but you have to press the same buttons as the ones that do awesome stuff.
I'll give you some examples to illustrate what I mean.
"•All instances of Overly Long Fighting Animation."
"*Disaster: Day of Crisis has natural disasters combined with battling an former elite special forces unit, which is awesome in itself. But Evans likes to try and take things up a notch whenever he can, and he does this in the final chapter, first fighting Ray in a Metal Gear expy, then following up with an epic hand-to-hand fight (also like Metal Gear Solid). And he does all this while the pair are in a hurricane. And then he tries to set off a nuke. I repeat, IN THE MIDDLE OF A HURRICANE."
"*Castle Crashers. From fighting giant literal Cat Fish, weird..Giant fuzzy black things...Cute Teddy bears that attack you with dead fish, using a lolipop or a carrot as your own weapon. Not to mention..FIGHTING TO THE DEATH TO SEE WHO KISSES THE PRINCESSES AFTER YOU BATTLE HEROICALLY TOGETHER TO SAVE THEM. "
"Street Fighter IV has its final boss. An evil clone who can teleport, use everybody's attacks, and has an absolutely epic voice, and is borderline Nightmare Fuel announces his name... "I... am... SETH!"
◦And this is without even mentioning that Seth looks an awful lot like Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen. With a Yin-Yang symbol in place of his genitals."
"Psychonauts in general tries — and throughout the game succeeds fantastically — at mixing the epic and the hilarious. Just have a look at the quote on the page for the game and its context. That's only the beginning — try Kochamara Calling His Attacks, a Milkman Conspiracy, fluorescent pink bulls wearing boots, a Dastardly Dentist sporting a shower cap and a steel claw arm that doubles as a pepper grinder among the antagonists, and that "in the end, aren't we all just dogs playing poker?"."
"•The cutscenes in Chrono Trigger are full of this, especially the scene where Frog draws his sword, a giant Pillar Of Light appears and he cuts the mountain in half with it! This mixed with epic music, random close-ups and constantly changing camera angles. "
The above examples are simply awesome task getting done, not "menial tasks done as if they were awesome".
And then there are these examples:
"•Even if not on a over-the-top manner, Sonic and the Black Knight features quick-time events for trading presents with villagers. "
"Assassin's Creed 2 has... almost hilariously mundane Press X To Not Die events are. For example, you get one to shake someone's hand. "
Those are not menial tasks taken to awesome level, they are menial tasks treated as menial tasks, only the game requires button presses to it.
Now you guys may be wondering: Why don't I just clean this up myself? Well, I will, but I'd like a green light to do so because I might just be mistaken about the nature of the trope myself, and it wouldn't be a first. Secondly, there are still some links to
the trope that misuse it, and I don't know how to find those. Thirdly there are just a lot of pages and I may not have enought free time to do it.
And finnaly,there are some examples that I don't know if they fit or not, so I will put this here in case anyone wants to double-check after my possible cleanup.
edited 5th Feb '11 8:26:57 AM by Grandy