Bump. Ok, so maybe I touched upon an underlying problem with all the videogame-specific settings. Personally, I don't buy the argument that the video game settings are inherently unique to the medium of video games.
Just looking at a half-dozen so-called "Videogame Only" tropes, I found Derelict Graveyard
, Chokepoint Geography
, Circus of Fear
, Container Maze
, Cyber Space
, Capital City
, Build Like an Egyptian
, Blackout Basement
, Big Fancy Castle
, Big Boo's Haunt
, and Amusement Park
with non-video game examples. Many of them have non-video game images. At the YKTTW
for Forge World
, which is a split-off of this trope, many of the complaints are to the effect of "This is redundant. We already have Eternal Engine
." So is an overhaul of all
the video game settings in order, so that they can have their own separate identity? Because if the argument is that an essential part of a video game level is not just the setting, but the sum total of its setting, mooks and obstacles, then don't all
of those other settings have Trope Decay
? To me it seems that would be quite an overhaul, and an annoying one at that: in essence we'd have to double
all of the settings so that we can have one for video games, complete with all of the typical mooks and obstacles that we already have tropes for
, and one for all other media, even though some examples in other media have
those mooks and obstacles. In essence, it would be a Video Game Apartheid.
Take the Attack of the Clones
example above. According to your argument, Shimaspawn, a setting only qualifies as this trope if it has the setting, the enemies, and the obstacles. Obstacles like "a hall of giant alternating pistons," (which the movie has) "Mooks, Mecha-Mooks, even more Mooks" (check, check, and check) "conveyor belts to end over Bottomless Pits" (yup) "and huge vats and/or nasty spills of fluorescent green chemicals and toxic waste" (Padme almost got boiled, remember). In The Matrix
, even though Trinity and Neo were in the air, it's not inconceivable that if they'd gone on foot the setting would have fit this trope to the t.
What this all boils down to is: we want our non-video game images to be considered equal! Vote against Video Game Trope Apartheid!
edited 8th Aug '11 9:55:11 AM by frodobatmanvader