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05:52:08 PM Jul 21st 2016
edited by CamelCase
This page seems to have lots of examples of cancelled games, which aren't supposed to count. I was going to pull the Fez example, until I noticed the one above it was cancelled as well.

So what's happening? If it was Vaporware and the cancelled does it still count? What's the point of Canceled Video Games then? Wouldn't most games be Vaporware before they were cancelled?
06:45:03 AM Jul 22nd 2016
edited by Larkmarn
I'm pretty sure this is a the same as Canceled Video Games, the difference is that is an Index, this is a trivia items. We've got: OR:
05:30:00 PM Oct 18th 2016
I was on my way to Rock Band to add What Could Have Been regarding Rock Band: Japan, only to see it was also listed as Vaporware. I removed the Vaporware bit since the game was explicitly cancelled - I even provided one reason as to why in my addition to the page - but I find it, among many other long delayed but cancelled projects, is also listed here.

Personally, I think Vaporware only applies when something is never actually cancelled. Vaporware can be namechecked wherever the project is said to have been cancelled after a long time of being vaporware, but I feel listing an entry here should only apply for as long as the entry itself is still not explicitly cancelled.

I'll refrain from making any further alterations until a consensus has been achieved.
12:25:01 AM Aug 28th 2013
Some of these "examples" are of games that have been released. Rather than associate them with the term, which is somewhat pejorative, they should be deleted entirely.

Instead of doing so right away, I'll move them to a bottom section of games once considered vaporware. If someone else would like to delete them from there, please go ahead.
01:27:25 AM Aug 28th 2013
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Actually half the page seems to be of content that has been released. If you can buy it, stick it in a machine, and play it, it's not and never was vaporware. It just had a long and delayed development. These games should be praised for having been released and do not deserve to be associated with the neglected and forgotten, and worse, the frauds.
12:02:13 PM Sep 12th 2013
Wouldn't those games belong in Saved from Development Hell? Seems a little redundant to list them both here and there.
07:31:24 PM Dec 10th 2011
Might we consider replacing the image with a mock up Half Life 2: Episode Three/Half Life 3 macro? It's gotta be the reigning champ now :P
07:25:02 AM Apr 24th 2013
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Nope, that would be StarCraft: Ghost, which started development back in '02 and was never finished. At this point they'd probably have to redo the graphics from scratch if they wanted to put it out.
06:08:19 AM May 24th 2011
Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold.

I demand that we put up a Final Fantasy Versus XIII image in place of Duke post haste.
07:58:17 PM Jun 10th 2011
The game is out in Europe. US gets it on the 14th. Where's the Final Fantasy Versus XIII image?
12:05:57 AM Aug 28th 2013
DNF was released, so it's not vaporware.

Also Final Fantasy Versus XIII was renamed Final Fantasy XV.
07:05:44 PM Sep 3rd 2010
With Duke Nukem Forever finally coming out next year, I say we replace this trope's image with one from Final Fantasy Versus XIII.
09:02:06 AM Sep 24th 2010
Not a chance. Until the game is actually for sale, on either Amazon or store shelves, it should still be considered vaporware. The development team has made promises like "it'll be ready next year" and so forth before.
04:39:49 PM Dec 1st 2010
But what if it releases for sale as a direct-download only title, and thus is not available as either? Or were you planning for just that eventuality to allow it to still be considered vaporware after releasing?
07:11:29 AM Jan 21st 2011
Duke Nukem Forever finally has a release date.

If it's out on May 3rd, and the trope image isn't Final Fantasy Versus XIII, I'm going to change it myself.
03:25:58 PM Mar 6th 2010
edited by WascallyWabbit
This should not have non-videogame examples. They go under Development Hell.
07:40:16 PM Jul 7th 2010
There's a slight problem with that. As written, Development Hell is specifically for films, while this is specifically for software. Without a rewrite, others have no particular choice other than being shoved into one or the other, where they don't fit. Either one or the other should be rewritten to allow more options, or a third catch-all for the remainder is needed.
12:37:58 PM May 30th 2012
Then why not merge them? What's even the point of having two separate pages?
12:55:02 PM May 30th 2012
^Put them through Trope Repair Shop.
04:33:37 PM Sep 6th 2013
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04:33:48 PM Sep 6th 2013
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I second a merger or a partial one according to rules if a game is released it doesn't belong here but where? I imagine Saved from Development Hell, but if development hell is film only than why do we have everything else there that isn't film. Why does video games need a separate category if this trope is essentially the same thing I suggest we get rid of vaporware movie any games that have been released into Saved from Development Hell and any still unreleased into development hell If we are going to keep this should we reserve this specifically for canceled games only and any games considered still in development or any on any kind of hold (Starcraft Ghost?) should be put into Development Hell. So my proposal is:
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