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->''"[[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} War...war never changes]]. Or does it? [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots The war has changed]][[FauxlosophicNarration ...did it? The answer is no! Unless it is yes! No, of course it is! Is war! Yes! No! Yes?]]"''

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->''"[[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} War... war never changes]]. Or does it? [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots The war has changed]][[FauxlosophicNarration ...changed]] [[FauxlosophicNarration ...did it? The answer is no! Unless it is yes! No, of course it is! Is war! Yes! No! Yes?]]"''

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* EarnedStripes: Parodied, as the chevrons just keep piling on the Sergeant rank without moving onto the Lieutenant equivalent.


* CaptainObvious: Literally everyone.

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%% * CaptainObvious: Literally everyone.


''Duty Calls: The Calm Before The Storm'' is a playable {{parody}} of the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' franchise (specifically the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' games) and those that follow in its footsteps such as ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'' and the new ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'', [[ClicheStorm poking fun at some of the most pervasive, cliched tropes in modern military shooters]] with an extremely short campaign (roughly five minutes in length). You, the player, must storm an enemy base, witnessing the brutal horrors of war and the unending monotony of shooting uniform-clad soldier after uniform-clad soldier with the same boring weapon, ranking up before taking down the enemy leader and securing the nuclear missile bomb, ensuring the [[AmericaSavesTheDay United States']] victory over enemy forces once again.

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''Duty Calls: The Calm Before The Storm'' is a playable {{parody}} of the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' franchise (specifically the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' games) and those that follow in its footsteps such as ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'' and the new ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'', [[ClicheStorm poking fun at some of the most pervasive, cliched tropes in modern military shooters]] with an extremely short campaign (roughly five minutes in length). You, the player, must storm an enemy base, witnessing the brutal horrors of war and the unending monotony of shooting uniform-clad soldier after uniform-clad soldier with the same boring weapon, ranking up before taking down the enemy leader and securing the nuclear missile bomb, ensuring the [[AmericaSavesTheDay United States']] victory over enemy forces once again.

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[[caption-width-right:350:The [[https://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/dutycalls-625x352.jpg next stage]] is "Sergeant of The Master Sergeants! Most Important Person of the Extreme Sergeants to the Max!"]]


'''''Duty Calls''': The Calm Before The Storm'' is a playable {{parody}} of the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' franchise (specifically the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' games), and those that follow in its footsteps such as ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'' and the new ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'', [[ClicheStorm poking fun at some of the most pervasive, cliched tropes in modern military shooters]] with an extremely short campaign (roughly five minutes in length). You, the player, must storm an enemy base, witnessing the brutal horrors of war and the unending monotony of shooting uniform-clad soldier after uniform-clad soldier with the same boring weapon, ranking up before taking down the enemy leader and securing the nuclear missile bomb, ensuring the [[AmericaSavesTheDay United States']] victory over enemy forces once again.

In actuality, the game is a covert advergame developed by People Can Fly, developers of ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'', to advertise ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'', a game that couldn't possibly be farther from yet another boring military shooter game, showcasing the [[TakeThat monotonous predictability]] [[FollowTheLeader of modern military shooters]] in contrast to ''Bulletstorm'''s own take on brutal videogame violence. It's been speculated that ''Duty Calls'' was the developers' way of compensating for the lack of a PC version of the ''Bulletstorm'' demo, though how much better a job ''Duty Calls'' does in advertising ''Bulletstorm'' is debatable. It's still funny, though.

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'''''Duty Calls''': ''Duty Calls: The Calm Before The Storm'' is a playable {{parody}} of the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' franchise (specifically the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' games), games) and those that follow in its footsteps such as ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'' and the new ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'', [[ClicheStorm poking fun at some of the most pervasive, cliched tropes in modern military shooters]] with an extremely short campaign (roughly five minutes in length). You, the player, must storm an enemy base, witnessing the brutal horrors of war and the unending monotony of shooting uniform-clad soldier after uniform-clad soldier with the same boring weapon, ranking up before taking down the enemy leader and securing the nuclear missile bomb, ensuring the [[AmericaSavesTheDay United States']] victory over enemy forces once again.

In actuality, the game is a covert advergame developed by People Can Fly, developers of ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}'', to advertise ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}'', a game that couldn't possibly be farther from yet another boring military shooter game, showcasing the [[TakeThat monotonous predictability]] [[FollowTheLeader of modern military shooters]] in contrast to ''Bulletstorm'''s ''Bulletstorm''[='s=] own take on brutal videogame violence. It's been speculated that ''Duty Calls'' was the developers' way of compensating for the lack of a PC version of the ''Bulletstorm'' demo, though how much better a job ''Duty Calls'' does in advertising ''Bulletstorm'' is debatable. It's still funny, though.



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* AdvertisementGame: It advertises another game, ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}''.

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!!This Game game features examples of:

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* AdvertisementGame: It advertises another game, ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}''.''Bulletstorm''.



** Cue the player character giving a thumbs up with [[spoiler:American flags and fireworks sprouting out of them.]]
* ArtificialStupidity: The enemy A.I. is limited to standing in one spot and shooting at you. It is a 5 minute promotional parody and not an actual game, after all.

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** Cue the player character giving a thumbs up thumbs-up with [[spoiler:American flags and fireworks sprouting out of them.]]
them]].
* ArtificialStupidity: The enemy A.I. is limited to standing in one spot and shooting at you. It is a 5 minute 5-minute promotional parody and not an actual game, after all.



* BigNo: The {{mook}} in the jeep does this when the game goes into slow motion for some reason.

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* BigNo: The {{mook}} in the jeep Jeep does this when the game goes into slow motion for some reason.



-->''"Here's your objective: Blah blah blah blah, Secret Base. Blah blah blah, plans. Blah blah blah Nuclear missile bomb. Blah blah blah [[ItsUpToYou counting on you,]] utmost importance, win, good luck."''
* BulletTime: The game goes into slow motion for some reason so that you can defeat an enemy who killed one of your allies.

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-->''"Here's your objective: Blah blah blah blah, Secret Base. Blah blah blah, plans. Blah blah blah Nuclear missile bomb. Blah blah blah [[ItsUpToYou counting on you,]] you]], utmost importance, win, good luck."''
* BulletTime: The game goes into slow motion for some reason so that you can defeat an enemy who killed one of your allies.



--> '''Enemy''': ''[[CaptainObvious I am a paratrooper because that is a real-life war scenario. You cannot shoot me because this is a cutscene to make the game feel more dramatic, like a movie. Soon I will be landing, I have landed on the ground]]''.
* DeathIsDramatic: One of your allies tries to advance the story about halfway through, but gets killed by an enemy in a jeep. He dies, [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction then says that he has died and laments about how this has increased the drama of the story]] after dying.

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--> '''Enemy''': '''Enemy:''' ''[[CaptainObvious I am a paratrooper because that is a real-life war scenario. You cannot shoot me because this is a cutscene to make the game feel more dramatic, like a movie. Soon I will be landing, I have landed on the ground]]''.
ground]].''
* DeathIsDramatic: One of your allies tries to advance the story about halfway through, but gets killed by an enemy in a jeep.Jeep. He dies, [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction then says that he has died and laments about how this has increased the drama of the story]] after dying.



** The "B-B-B-B-BLOODY SCREEN!!!" and regenerative health are used in VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}, no satire involved.
** The game parodies scripted events. VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}, unfortunately, has a few these. Again, no satire involved.
** Also, it's rather ironic that in Duty Calls you can only jump an inch off of the ground, but in VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}} you can't jump at all.

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** The "B-B-B-B-BLOODY SCREEN!!!" and regenerative health are used in VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}, ''Bulletstorm'', no satire involved.
** The game parodies scripted events. VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}, ''Bulletstorm'', unfortunately, has a few of these. Again, no satire involved.
** Also, it's rather ironic that in Duty Calls ''Duty Calls'' you can only jump an inch off of the ground, ground but in VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}} ''Bulletstorm'' you can't jump at all.



* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: When enemies get hit, they say delayed "ow".

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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: When enemies get hit, they say a delayed "ow".



-->'''U.S. Soldier''': Hey Foxclub Niner, I'm gonna point at you and say something serious to further develop the game's storyline.\\
''(jeep runs over him)''\\

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-->'''U.S. Soldier''': Soldier:''' Hey Foxclub Niner, I'm gonna point at you and say something serious to further develop the game's storyline.\\
''(jeep ''(Jeep runs over him)''\\



''(The game goes in slow motion and he becomes easy to shoot)''\\

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''(The ''(the game goes in into slow motion and he becomes easy to shoot)''\\



* NoFourthWall: Almost every character heavily implies that they are video game characters with three of them outright stating that they are in one.

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* NoFourthWall: Almost every character heavily implies that they are video game characters characters, with three of them outright stating that they are in one.



* TakeThat: A big one to military FPS games like ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', that focus on "gritty realism" at the expense of "fun". Ironically, ''Modern Warfare'' was a big "take that!" to fun, jingoistic war shooters in the first place, deliberately (and subtly) subverting many of ''those'' cliches like AmericaSavesTheDay and PatrioticFervor. So essentially, ''Duty Calls'' is the parodic ''Film/ScaryMovie'' to ''Modern Warfare'''s satirical ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}''.
* TemptingFate: Invoked by the jeep driver.
-->'''Jeep Driver:''' You can not stop me unless the game goes into slow-motion and for some reason I become easy to shoot.\\
''<The game goes into slow-motion>''\\
'''Jeep Driver:''' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Oh no!]]

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* TakeThat: A big one to military FPS games like ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' that focus on "gritty realism" at the expense of "fun". Ironically, ''Modern Warfare'' was a big "take that!" take that to fun, jingoistic war shooters in the first place, deliberately (and subtly) subverting many of ''those'' cliches like AmericaSavesTheDay and PatrioticFervor. So essentially, Essentially, ''Duty Calls'' is the parodic ''Film/ScaryMovie'' to ''Modern Warfare'''s Warfare''[='s=] satirical ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}''.
* TemptingFate: Invoked by the jeep driver.
-->'''Jeep Driver:''' You can not stop me unless the game goes into slow-motion and for some reason I become easy to shoot.\\
''<The game goes into slow-motion>''\\
'''Jeep Driver:''' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Oh no!]]
Jeep driver, as noted above.



* TotallyRadical: TO THE MAX!* UnsoundEffect: "Bo-ring! Bo-bo-bo-bo-bo-ring!"

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* TotallyRadical: TO THE MAX!* MAX!
*
UnsoundEffect: "Bo-ring! Bo-bo-bo-bo-bo-ring!"


* MediumAwareness: Multiple times. An example:
-->'''U.S. Soldier''': Hey Foxclub Niner, I'm gonna point at you and say something serious to further develop the game's storyline.\\
''(jeep runs over him)''\\
'''U.S. Soldier:''' Ow! I'm dead, increasing the drama of the story.\\
'''Russian Soldier:''' Ha ha! You cannot stop me, [[TemptingFate unless the game goes into slow motion and I become easy to shoot]].\\
''(The game goes in slow motion and he becomes easy to shoot)''\\
'''Russian Soldier:''' [[OhCrap Ooooohh]] [[SlowNo noooooo.]]



* TotallyRadical: TO THE MAX!
* TropeName: Multiple times. An example:
-->'''U.S. Soldier''': Hey Foxclub Niner, I'm gonna point at you and say something serious to further develop the game's storyline.\\
''(jeep runs over him)''\\
'''U.S. Soldier:''' Ow! I'm dead, increasing the drama of the story.\\
'''Russian Soldier:''' Ha ha! You cannot stop me, [[TemptingFate unless the game goes into slow motion and I become easy to shoot]].\\
''(The game goes in slow motion and he becomes easy to shoot)''\\
'''Russian Soldier:''' [[OhCrap Ooooohh]] [[SlowNo noooooo.]]
* UnsoundEffect: "Bo-ring! Bo-bo-bo-bo-bo-ring!"

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* TotallyRadical: TO THE MAX!
* TropeName: Multiple times. An example:
-->'''U.S. Soldier''': Hey Foxclub Niner, I'm gonna point at you and say something serious to further develop the game's storyline.\\
''(jeep runs over him)''\\
'''U.S. Soldier:''' Ow! I'm dead, increasing the drama of the story.\\
'''Russian Soldier:''' Ha ha! You cannot stop me, [[TemptingFate unless the game goes into slow motion and I become easy to shoot]].\\
''(The game goes in slow motion and he becomes easy to shoot)''\\
'''Russian Soldier:''' [[OhCrap Ooooohh]] [[SlowNo noooooo.]]
*
MAX!* UnsoundEffect: "Bo-ring! Bo-bo-bo-bo-bo-ring!"



* WikiRule: [[http://dutycalls.wikia.com/wiki/Duty_Calls_Wiki No, really]].


** Also, it's rather ironic that in VideoGame/DutyCalls you can only jump an inch off of the ground, but in VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}} you can't jump at all.

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** Also, it's rather ironic that in VideoGame/DutyCalls Duty Calls you can only jump an inch off of the ground, but in VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}} you can't jump at all.



* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: When enemies get hit, they say delayed "ow.".
* MundaneMadeAwesome: "[[RegeneratingHealth B-B-B-BLOODY SCREEN!!!]] [[BlatantLies So real...]]" Doubles as HypocriticalHumor as the game it's promoting does the EXACT. SAME. THING.

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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: When enemies get hit, they say delayed "ow.".
"ow".
* MundaneMadeAwesome: "[[RegeneratingHealth B-B-B-BLOODY SCREEN!!!]] [[BlatantLies So real...]]" Doubles as HypocriticalHumor as the game it's promoting does the EXACT. SAME. THING.''exact same thing''.



-->''Rank up! Master Sergeant Shooter Person!''
-->''Rank up! [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Master Sergeant Shooter Sergeant Person!]]''
-->''Rank up! [[RunningGag Sergeant Sergeant Master Sergeant Shooter Person!]]''
-->''Rank up! [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard Master Sergeant Shooter Sergeant Important Person of Sergeants Extreme!]]''
-->''Rank up! [[OverlyLongGag Sergeant of the Master Sergeants Most Important Person of Extreme Sergeants to the Max!]]''

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-->''Rank up! Master Sergeant Shooter Person!''
-->''Rank
Person!''\\
''Rank
up! [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Master Sergeant Shooter Sergeant Person!]]''
-->''Rank
Person!]]''\\
''Rank
up! [[RunningGag Sergeant Sergeant Master Sergeant Shooter Person!]]''
-->''Rank
Person!]]''\\
''Rank
up! [[TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard Master Sergeant Shooter Sergeant Important Person of Sergeants Extreme!]]''
-->''Rank
Extreme!]]''\\
''Rank
up! [[OverlyLongGag Sergeant of the Master Sergeants Most Important Person of Extreme Sergeants to the Max!]]''



* TakeThat: A big one to military FPS games like ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' that focus on "gritty realism" at the expense of "fun". Ironically, ''Modern Warfare'' was a big "take that!" to fun, jingoistic war shooters in the first place, deliberately (and subtly) subverting many of ''those'' cliches like AmericaSavesTheDay and PatrioticFervor. So essentially, ''Duty Calls'' is the parodic ''Film/ScaryMovie'' to ''Modern Warfare'''s satirical ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}''.

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* TakeThat: A big one to military FPS games like ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'', that focus on "gritty realism" at the expense of "fun". Ironically, ''Modern Warfare'' was a big "take that!" to fun, jingoistic war shooters in the first place, deliberately (and subtly) subverting many of ''those'' cliches like AmericaSavesTheDay and PatrioticFervor. So essentially, ''Duty Calls'' is the parodic ''Film/ScaryMovie'' to ''Modern Warfare'''s satirical ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}''.''Film/{{Scream|1996}}''.



-->'''Jeep Driver:''' You can not stop me unless the game goes into slow-motion and for some reason I become easy to shoot.
-->''<The game goes into slow-motion>''
-->'''Jeep Driver:''' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Oh no!]]

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-->'''Jeep Driver:''' You can not stop me unless the game goes into slow-motion and for some reason I become easy to shoot.
-->''<The
shoot.\\
''<The
game goes into slow-motion>''
-->'''Jeep
slow-motion>''\\
'''Jeep
Driver:''' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Oh no!]]



-->'''U.S. Soldier''': Hey Foxclub Niner, I'm gonna point at you and say something serious to further develop the game's storyline.
-->''(jeep runs over him)''
-->'''U.S. Soldier:''' Ow! I'm dead, increasing the drama of the story.
-->'''Russian Soldier:''' Ha ha! You cannot stop me, [[TemptingFate unless the game goes into slow motion and I become easy to shoot]].
-->''(The game goes in slow motion and he becomes easy to shoot)''
-->'''Russian Soldier:''' [[OhCrap Ooooohh]] [[SlowNo noooooo.]]

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-->'''U.S. Soldier''': Hey Foxclub Niner, I'm gonna point at you and say something serious to further develop the game's storyline.
-->''(jeep
storyline.\\
''(jeep
runs over him)''
-->'''U.
him)''\\
'''U.
S. Soldier:''' Ow! I'm dead, increasing the drama of the story.
-->'''Russian
story.\\
'''Russian
Soldier:''' Ha ha! You cannot stop me, [[TemptingFate unless the game goes into slow motion and I become easy to shoot]].
-->''(The
shoot]].\\
''(The
game goes in slow motion and he becomes easy to shoot)''
-->'''Russian
shoot)''\\
'''Russian
Soldier:''' [[OhCrap Ooooohh]] [[SlowNo noooooo.]]

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* AdvertisementGame: It advertises another game, ''VideoGame/{{Bulletstorm}}''.


* TakeThat: A big one to military FPS games like ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' that focus on "gritty realism" at the expense of "fun". Ironically, ''Modern Warfare'' was a big "take that!" to fun, jingoistic war shooters in the first place, deliberately (and subtly) subverting many of ''those'' cliches like AmericaSavesTheDay and PatrioticFervor. So essentially, ''Duty Calls'' is the parodic ''ScaryMovie'' to ''Modern Warfare'''s satirical ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}''.

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* TakeThat: A big one to military FPS games like ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' that focus on "gritty realism" at the expense of "fun". Ironically, ''Modern Warfare'' was a big "take that!" to fun, jingoistic war shooters in the first place, deliberately (and subtly) subverting many of ''those'' cliches like AmericaSavesTheDay and PatrioticFervor. So essentially, ''Duty Calls'' is the parodic ''ScaryMovie'' ''Film/ScaryMovie'' to ''Modern Warfare'''s satirical ''Film/{{Scream 1996}}''.


For a much more serious TakeThat at military shooters, see ''SpecOpsTheLine''.

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For a much more serious TakeThat at military shooters, see ''SpecOpsTheLine''.''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''.


* RussiansWithRustingRockets: The recent surge of portraying the Russian Military as antagonists is also brutally satirized. [[DesignatedVillain Naturally, here they're evil.]] [[GenericDoomsdayVillain For no apparent reason.]]


-->''Rank up! Sergeant Master Shooter Person!''

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-->''Rank up! Master Sergeant Master Shooter Person!''

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* CaptainObvious: Literally everyone.


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* NoFourthWall: Almost every character heavily implies that they are video game characters with three of them outright stating that they are in one.


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* TemptingFate: Invoked by the jeep driver.
-->'''Jeep Driver:''' You can not stop me unless the game goes into slow-motion and for some reason I become easy to shoot.
-->''<The game goes into slow-motion>''
-->'''Jeep Driver:''' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck Oh no!]]

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* ArtificialStupidity: The enemy A.I. is limited to standing in one spot and shooting at you. It is a 5 minute promotional parody and not an actual game, after all.

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