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Mistakes you keep making in games:

Basically, recurring moments of confusion where you press a wrong button or make a bad decision.

I keep mixing up which Mii option on the 3DS menu I want. And I make control mistakes in FPS's a fair bit when I switch between them.
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 2 Sgt Ricko, Sat, 21st May '11 9:46:43 AM from Guam, USA Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
Not using the shortcut keys whenever playing RPG or RTS games on the computer. And for FPS games, constantly getting the goddamn keys mixed up and dying whenever a frantic firefight breaks out.
Would you believe I never fully watched the original Indiana Jones trilogy? I gotta correct that someday.
 3 Nayrani, Sat, 21st May '11 9:51:55 AM Relationship Status: Crazy Cat Lady
Yo.
In some games, defending is essential.

Because I'm more of a Honor Before Reason and I don't think to use defense at all due to my nature as a full-blown physical fighter with an inflated ego, I sometimes get myself murdered merely because of that.

Bunny
I always, always forget to switch equipment.

Like "This weapon is good against those speedy buggers, but not large guys. I'll use this now!"

Then, 20 minutes later, when I'm fighting the big guys, I'm still using the weapon that's only good at taking out fast guys. And wondering why the fuck it's so hard...
One of my few regrets about being born female is the inability to grow a handlebar mustache. -Landstander
 5 Fluid, Sat, 21st May '11 10:12:53 AM from The Netherlands
In strategy games, once I have a tactic that works for most of the game, it will be nearly impossible for me to change tactics when an uncommon situation demands it. It'll actually take quite a while for me to consider that I have other options which could easily grant me victory in this instance.

 6 Mister C, Sat, 21st May '11 10:16:58 AM from roughly over there Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
Angry Moth
Against boss with specific patterns, I always, always tell myself "I can squeeze in one last attack before he can counter again."

You can guess how well that usually goes.
Who's an angry moth? You are! Yes you are! You're the fuzziest and angriest moth!

Original pic.
 7 Spirit, Sat, 21st May '11 10:27:06 AM from America Relationship Status: Gay for Big Boss
^ Similar to the above, in RP Gs I tend to let my party's health stay dangerously low with the reasoning "I can always bring them back to full health in a single turn." Works about as often as it doesn't.

A lil' bentô ?
I need to double-check regulary for Events, or I may miss them before I even know it. Just recently, in my latest Tokimeki Memorial 2 playthrough with Kaedeko as the target character, I forgot to trigger the handknit gloves present event, occuring only in Winter of 1st year; by the time I realized my mistake, I was already well in July of 2nd year. The end result, I had to use a save and redo six full months of the game for it.

Racing games-wise, I tend to not brake enough, due to the habit I took with more arcade-ish games in my youth like Rock'n'Roll Racing, Road Rash, and Micro Machines. This doesn't do good in more simulation-like games like the Formula 1 games, TOCA Touring Cars, or Colin Mc Rae Rally, and I have to force myself remembering this.
"Your kindness gives me the presentiment I can be reborn. Now, I want to believe at least in you." - Kaori Yae
 9 Plumbum, Sat, 21st May '11 11:04:50 AM from Chichester, England Relationship Status: is commanded to— WANK!
Ze Bubblez
I always happen to move my keys on the keyboard when I play PC FPSes.

and on Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) I always try to ram the roadbocks, because it was not only possible, but advantageous. In this game, it wipes your car out.
J’ai peut-être tout c’est vrai mais, moi j’voulais une moustache
 10 feotakahari, Sat, 21st May '11 2:40:51 PM from Looking out at the city
Fuzzy Orange Doomsayer
I have never figured out how to properly balance my stats in any RPG made by Spiderweb Software. I usually wind up adding an equal number of points to all stats I don't ignore completely. On the plus side, this has taught me how to effectively strategize in RPG combat, since I've essentially turned Normal difficulty into Tough difficulty.
That's Feo . . . He's a disgusting, mysoginistic, paedophilic asshat who moonlights as a shitty writer—Something Awful
Jumping into multilayer without practice.

 12 Flanker 66, Sat, 21st May '11 3:48:03 PM from The Cockpit of a Celestial Relationship Status: I like big bots and I can not lie
Manei Domini
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 MP:

I seem to have a terrible habit of going "Hurr-de-durr, I can totally hit this guy!" when the target in question is practically on the other side of the map, and I've only got iron sights. Cue a fine example of A-Team Firing and getting summarily slaughtered. I also seem to have the awareness of a brick, and I will quite happily ignore that annoying 7.62mm bullet currently aiming to make itself a permanent feature of my skull to look around in confusion before continuing with whatever I was doing before.

  • All games:

I tend to wade into combat and just focus on offence, only making efforts to heal/defend myself when I'm running low. Naturally, this results in many a death at the hands of Elite Mooks or bosses.
Locking you up on radar since '09

Sing to the ocean in the afternoon haze,

Up the iron pillars, rise in the waves
 13 Shirow Shirow, Sat, 21st May '11 3:49:36 PM from Land of maple syrup Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
Saintia SHOU!
Losing my cool and Button Mashing instead of doing properly timed combos and/or special moves.

I also use Awesome, but Impractical moves regularly and often get punished for it, but i figure it's a risk i'm both aware of and willing to take.
"Well, of course they'd be "colorful" - they're male battle-whores." - Nomuru2d
 14 Omega Kross, Sat, 21st May '11 4:00:37 PM from Nosgoth Relationship Status: Mu
Vae Victus
Ignoring defence in favour of unrelenting aggression.

Fighting Shao Kahn head on.

edited 21st May '11 4:01:21 PM by OmegaKross

I spend too much time on the top in Bullet Hell games. I forget to change my weapon in NetHack which often leads to YAS Ds (bashing genie with a lamp? fighting empty-handed just because earlier in the dungeon I met a rust monster? using a tin opener as a weapon? yep, done those things). I unintentionally leave cover in games with cover system. I don't look behind in multiplayer FPS games. Also, I forget to heal
"Take your (...) hippy dream world, I'll take reality and earning my happiness with my own efforts" - Barkey
My most common mistake seems to be not using items. Sometimes I'm a packrat, other times I just completely forget I have them. It's a habit that dates back all the way to first-gen Pokemon. In Mega Man Battle Network 2 I actually managed to accumulate about half of the PowerUp (buster upgrade) items sitting in my inventory unused until towards the end of the game. Note that this is an item which I had no good reason to hold onto, because there are 12 of them scattered across the game, each one can be used to permanently upgrade one of three stats by 1 point, and each stat can only take 4 upgrades, i.e. you end up with the same maxed stats at the end no matter what.

If it's a common Random Drop, chances are I'll end up with 99 of them or whatever the inventory cap is. If the game has no inventory size limit, I'll usually end up with a humongous pile of random crap I picked up and never bothered to use. Although there's a bright side in this case; if I do end up in a make-or-break situation, I'll usually think "Argh! If only I could do X! (beat) Oh, wait, I do have an item that does X!" at which point I'm suddenly Crazy-Prepared.

Also, it took quite some time before I learned that a Pick-Up Group is inherently a recipe for disaster, and I shouldn't bother doing multiplayer with people I've never met before. I've since learned that the odds of a pick-up group being infuriatingly stupid and/or useless is approximately 1 - bn where n is the number of "teammates" I have (to put up with) and b varies by game on the interval [0, 1), usually around 0.2 and seldom if ever greater than 0.8.

edited 22nd May '11 7:41:07 AM by PoochyEXE

 17 Tsunde Ray, Sun, 22nd May '11 10:07:03 PM from Santa Clara, California
HOORAY!
S4 League: Charge forward at a firing enemy with a melee weapon in hand. In sword matches it's not as dumb of a strategy, but either way I just HAVE to spam M2 with the Spy Dagger.
 18 neobowman, Sun, 22nd May '11 10:09:01 PM from Unidentified Proxy Relationship Status: Tsundere'ing
つ ◕_◕ ༽つ HELIX
I reload. Tooooooo much. Enemy out of sight for half a second, SHIT, I'M RELOADING! *Blargh* die.

Which is why I play Starcraft.

 19 Sgt Ricko, Sun, 22nd May '11 10:18:17 PM from Guam, USA Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
[up]I pretty much avoid StarCraft these days soley because of how heavily reliant it is on hotkeys and insane micro. I kinda perfer Company of Heroes and C&C since most of the advanced functions can be done just with only the spacebar, esc key and mouse.

...But even then I tend to screw up by focusing too much on one part of the map and completely forgetting about the other sectors.sad
Would you believe I never fully watched the original Indiana Jones trilogy? I gotta correct that someday.
 20 Spooky Mask, Sun, 22nd May '11 10:18:55 PM from Corner in round room Relationship Status: Non-Canon
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Attempting to brute force my way in strategy games.

edited 22nd May '11 10:19:02 PM by SpookyMask

Time to change the style, for now
Not checking the options menu.
 
Getting distracted by my brothers screen in Halo reach because of shenanigans in the living dead playlist.

Aiming for high scores instead of survivability.

 24 Game Chainsaw, Mon, 23rd May '11 3:45:52 AM from sunshine and rainbows!
The Shadows Devour You.
I always neglect my navy in strategy games. Mainly because:

1: Expense. Navies always cost a tonne in resources or money, an investment I usually steer clear of if possible.

2: Time. Navies take a long time to build.

3: Personal Preference. I am very much a land campaigner.

Given that I tend to pick a British faction in games like the Paradox Interactive games, this leads to odd situations. In fact one of the reasons I frequently pick the British Isles is that it gives me a strong navy, letting my focus on my strength; developing a strong army.
Polite smartass.
No matter how wily I get with the controls, I always end up walking into walls and fences with abandon. This inevitably leads to embarrassing conversations, such as the time my mother insisted on watching me play World of Warcraft:

  • Mom: Man, how do you remember all these rules?
  • Me: Oh, it's easy once you get used to it. You can become an expert with this game real quick.
  • Mom: ...Why is the expert jumping into a fence?

edited 23rd May '11 6:36:24 AM by Takwin

I've returned from the depths to continue politely irritating the good people of TV Tropes.(◕‿◕✿)
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