I don't quite understand spacemarine's response. Which
trope isn't limited to video games, and how does saying that one (whichever it might be) isn't limited relevant to the question of whether these should be merged? If Steam Vent Obstacle
(the only one that mentions video games) isn't limited to video games, then I fail to see any
difference between these tropes. (Although that's in part because Excessive Steam Syndrome
is so vague.)
Excessive Steam Syndrome
has serious problems, whether or not
it's a duplicate of anything else. Steam Vent Obstacle
looks like the same, except limited to video games (or so it seems to me, unless spacemarine can elaborate). It's also not doing very well. (It's better only in the sense that it has more total examples—it's totally lacking in cross-wicking.)
One trope says, "this is a common thing in video games". The other says, "this is unrealistic". But otherwise, they both seem to be describing the same thing, and I'm not sure the distinction is enough to justify two tropes when we only have a handful of examples between the two. I'm not a lumper, but when you have a trope that's only gathered five examples in two years, you may be splitting too finely.
edited 9th Jul '12 11:48:10 AM by Xtifr
"Existential Despair" is an oxymoron.