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Mathematician's Answers in video games.


  • The Point-and-Click Game based on The Pagemaster featured a Riddling Sphinx in the Fantasy World that blocked Richard's entrance to the final part of the game. The riddle was "What is the beginning of eternity, the end of time, and the start of every ending?" Richard answers with " The letter 'E'."
  • Mass Effect 2 has one character who gives these sort of answers almost by default:
    Shepard: You watch me or you watch organics?
    Legion: Yes.
    Shepard: Which?
    Legion: Both.
    • Said character also has a nasty habit of providing massively important information under the verbal heading of "Addendum:", which is kind of a mathematician's answer in its own right; yes, it is indeed an additional piece of information that you did not have a moment ago. It's also frequently something you would, ideally, have liked to have known before you did what you just did...
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  • In Discworld Noir, when Lewton asks the butler if he can see Count von Uberwald, the Servile Snarker responds that he is in no position to judge how good Lewton's eyesight is.
  • Sten of Dragon Age: Origins loves to do this.
    Warden: What were you doing in that cage?
    Sten: Sitting.
  • In Dragon Age II, a sidequest has Hawke go fetch some pickaxes for a group of miners from a smith in town whose name they forgot.
    Hawke: Are you the smith?
    Smith: I'm a Smith.
    Hawke: Is "Smith" your name or your profession?
    Smith: Yep.
  • Done beautifully in Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura when you try to get the location of the Hidden Elf Village Quintarra from Myrth the Elf. He repeatedly answers "In the Glimmering Forest" (said forest covers a third of Arcanum) and "In the trees" while being delighted at your frustration. When you give up, you turn it back on him:
    Myrth: "Why do you want to know, if you don't mind me asking?"
    You: "No, I don't mind at all that you're asking."
    Myrth: Well?
    You: ...
    Myrth: Aren't you going to answer?
    You: ...
    Myrth: Out with it, man/woman!
    You: I said I didn't mind you asking, not that I'd answer.
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  • The third generation Pokémon games will let you answer yes or no... to the question of where your character came from. If you answer "yes," he'll reply that he's never heard of Yes Town. If you say no, he'll say that you have to have come from somewhere.
  • Same deal in EarthBound. Someone asks you to name a Beatles song - XXXterday. If you say Yes, that is technically correct. If you say No, the asker answers that Noterday is just wrong.
  • In Borderlands 2: Mister Torgue's Campaign of Carnage, Mister Torgue explains that the reason he's always disorganized and was unable to find a sponsor for the Vault Hunter was because he was "busy suplexing a shark wearing a bolo tie". He then notices that "You may ask, who was wearing the bolo tie, you or the shark?". Answer: YES.
    • There's also a question asked on his Reddit: "WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF EXPLOSION?" Answer: YES.
    • Torgue poses something of a Mathematicians' Question in the introduction to this campaign. "I have one question, and one question only: EXPLOSIONS?!" Under the circumstances, one could be led to believe that the valid answer is "Yes".
  • The game Star Control 2 has a race with a game called Frungy. One of the creators was asked how Frungy is played. "With gusto!"
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  • In Bayonetta, Bayonetta meets a little girl called Cereza. Bayonetta asks where she is from. She responds "I... I'm from my house".
  • In Legend of Mana, one specific sidequest involves you convincing dropout students to go back to school. One of them thinks that Adults Are Useless because they answer questions but never actually say anything useful. You have to convince him otherwise... except your character can only say yes or no.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the Postman gives such responses to Anju when delivering a letter from her missing fiance Kafei (likely because the Postman is acting as a Secret Keeper for Kafei, who wants to lay low for the time being):
    Anju: This letter, wh-where did you?!?
    Postman: From the postbox.
    Anju: Th-that's not what I mean! From the postbox where?!?
    Postman: From the postbox somewhere.
  • The gender of Mangle from Five Nights at Freddy's 2 is one hotly debated by the fandom for well over a year. Scott Cawthon's answer on if Mangle is male or female? Yes.
  • After an update, Undertale's Mad Dummy boss simply has its defense listed as "YES".
  • Tekken 7: In Eddie Gordo's story mode, he demands that Lucky Chloe tell him where Kazuya Mishima is. She hands him a piece of paper that has a drawing of the Earth on it and an arrow pointing at it that says "Here". Eddie isn't happy, even moreso when he sees Chloe running the hell away at top speed.
  • In Persona 5, Futaba Sakura has a habit of this.
    • When her father Sojiro is shocked to see her come into Leblanc and asks how she got there, Futaba says "I walked." Considering that the Sakura residence is in the same neighborhood as Leblanc and it would only take a few minutes to walk there, Futaba's answer isn't too misleading... until you consider that until recently, she was a shut-in who was largely unable to leave her room, let alone the housenote , which is why Sojiro is shocked to see her.
    • In the official artbook, the female Phantom Thieves decline to mention how much they weigh. Futaba creatively sidesteps the question by saying that her weight is X, which is more than 0 kilograms and less than 1,000 kilograms (about 2,200 pounds).
  • Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!: When Larry asks Rose what brought her to America, she responds with "Airplane".


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