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want to [[ComputerEqualsMonitor put your fist through the screen]].

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want to [[ComputerEqualsMonitor [[ShootTheTelevision put your fist through the screen]].


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* ''Burial Ground Adventure'' for the TRS-80 has at least [[https://bluerenga.blog/tag/burial-ground-adventure/?order=ASC two puzzles]] which suffer from this problem, both times apparently forced by the limitation of two-word commands. In the first one, you need to get out of the pit by making a lasso with a rope and catching a rock outside the pit to climb out. Commands such as "tie rope", "attach rope" etc. don't work--you need to "throw rope". In another example, a trap door in the ceiling must be opened by pushing it open with a bamboo stalk. The command to type? Not "open door" or even "push door": it's ''"push bamboo"''.



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** The bonus email "E-Mail Birds" features another parody of this phenomenon. Strong Bad decides to play "Text Quest", which describes a room as containing "a dagger" and "another dagger". But when Strong Bad types "get dagger" it just responds "What is 'dagger'?"
--->'''Strong Bad:''' Oh, you stupid game! The dagger you just told me about!

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*** And before any Windows users start looking smug, the Windows Command Prompt [[NotSoDifferent behaves the same way.]] If you want to cd into something under "C:\Program Files", you'll have to put it in quotes.


* ''Completely'' [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''VideoGame/AIDungeon2''. As the name suggests, the game uses an advanced AI to generate its prompts on the fly based on the player's input. No matter ''what'' the player types in, the AI will usually respond to it in some way.

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* ''Completely'' Notably [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''VideoGame/AIDungeon2''. As the name suggests, the game uses an advanced AI to generate its prompts on the fly based on the player's input. No matter ''what'' the player types in, the AI will usually respond to it in some way. It still sometimes gets stuck or repeats itself, requiring a rewind to the previous prompt, but most coherent inputs will get some kind of response from the game (though not necessarily one that makes much sense).



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* ''VideoGame/MysteryScienceTheater3000PresentsDetective'' parodies this frequently, even outside the context of the game it's riffing on.
** The introduction touches on it when Mike attempts to play Gypsy's game ''Richard Basehart Adventure''. He's unable to EXAMINE or TALK TO RICHARD BASEHART, and Gypsy has to tell him that the solution is to KISS RICHARD BASEHART (which also concludes the game).
** The Invention Exchange directly spoofs it with the Mads' "Fictionary", which attempts to circumvent the problem by sending the game's vocabulary directly into your brain. Naturally, the demonstration goes awry:
---> '''Dr. Forrester:''' Frank?\\
'''Frank:''' Sorry, but I don't know the word "Frank."\\
'''Dr. Forrester:''' ''[a little alarmed]'' Frank, what's happening?\\
'''Frank:''' Sorry, but I don't know the word "happening."\\
'''Dr. Forrester:''' What the...?\\
''[Forrester opens the computer case and looks inside]''\\
'''Dr. Forrester:''' Frank, you numbskull, you wired it all wrong! It's sending the parser itself into his brain. Right now, Frank thinks he's a ZIP interpreter.\\
'''Frank:''' I don't understand. Please try rephrasing that.\\
'''Dr. Forrester:''' ''[a little embarrassed]'' As you can see, we still haven't gotten all the bugs worked out...\\
'''Frank:''' I can't go that way.
** The game itself has an example almost exactly like the TropeNamer: one room outright tells the player they see a knife, yet refuses to allow them to interact with it in any way.
---> [[AC:>examine knife]]
---> You can't see that here.\\
'''Mike:''' [[LampshadeHanging Yes, folks, the knife is right here in plain sight, but you can't see it.]]


The TropeNamer is ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', specifically the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail94.html video games]]", where Strong Bad imagines himself as a character in a text-based adventure game and envisions this problem occurring:

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The TropeNamer is ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', specifically the ''WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail'' "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail94.html "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R22zSrpeSA4 video games]]", where Strong Bad imagines himself as a character in a text-based adventure game and envisions this problem occurring:

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* ''Completely'' [[AvertedTrope averted]] in ''VideoGame/AIDungeon2''. As the name suggests, the game uses an advanced AI to generate its prompts on the fly based on the player's input. No matter ''what'' the player types in, the AI will usually respond to it in some way.



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* There's an example of this in ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'', as a result of a player misspelling a word and Weaver not understanding the resulting command. The player said 'pick up monocol', which was presumably a misspelling of '[[HighClassGlass monocle]]'. Weaver replied that there was no 'monocol' in the room. The item the player was probably referring to was the eye dial, which pretty much just looked like a small circle in the simplistic art style.


*** Likewise, later in the game the player has to steal a "[[Film/TheMalteseFalcon Blackbird statue]]" for a local thief. When he asks you to hand it over, the command "give Ferrari the bird" not only works but produces [[FlippingTheBird the expected result]].

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*** Likewise, later in the game the player has to steal a "[[Film/TheMalteseFalcon "[[Film/TheMalteseFalcon1941 Blackbird statue]]" for a local thief. When he asks you to hand it over, the command "give Ferrari the bird" not only works but produces [[FlippingTheBird the expected result]].


* Remotes for "smart" TVs and other modern devices often have a feature which allows the user to speak a command to the device, but don't give much if any hint as to which commands can be issued or what syntax is required, resulting in exactly this problem.

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* Remotes for "smart" TVs televisions and other modern devices often have a feature which allows the user to speak a command to the device, device rather than press a button, but don't give much if any hint as to which commands can be issued or what syntax is required, resulting in exactly this problem.

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* Remotes for "smart" TVs and other modern devices often have a feature which allows the user to speak a command to the device, but don't give much if any hint as to which commands can be issued or what syntax is required, resulting in exactly this problem.


* Infocom's text adventure adaptation of James Clavell's ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'' has the protagonist trying to communicate with the Japanese by searching or a common language. Some players tried inputs in actual foreign languages, which wouldn't work. But if you typed something like "Say 'where am I' in Spanish", you'd crash the parser.

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* Infocom's text adventure adaptation of James Clavell's ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'' has the protagonist trying to communicate with the Japanese by searching or for a common language. Some players tried inputs in actual foreign languages, which wouldn't work. But if you typed something like "Say 'where am I' in Spanish", you'd crash the parser.


* The ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' page "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/revisiting-old-school-text-adventures-as-a-jaded-modern-gamer/ Revisiting Old School Text Adventures as a Jaded Modern Gamer]]" describes the AI reacting with shocked horror to the insane player's sadistic commands and eventually feeding him to a swarm of monsters out of spite.

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* The ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' page "[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/revisiting-old-school-text-adventures-as-a-jaded-modern-gamer/ Revisiting Old School Text Adventures as a Jaded Modern Gamer]]" describes the AI reacting with shocked horror to the insane player's [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential sadistic commands commands]] and eventually [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment feeding him to a swarm of monsters monsters]] out of spite.

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