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Basic Trope: Content that was removed from the game by preventing legitimate means of accessing it.

  • Straight: In the game Alice Adventure, there was supposed be bonus level, a few items, and a Duel Boss battle but it never made the cut. The cut content can still accessed through the debug menu.
  • Exaggerated: Twice the amount of the content of the actual game is hidden away.
  • Downplayed: Sure the bonus level's files are deleted, but a line of code referencing it can be found.
  • Justified:
    • The content was cut for time reasons.
    • The content was cut because the developers had a better idea.
  • Inverted: A level was hastily added to the game right before release and never had time to be fully debugged.
  • Subverted: The dummied out data is put into the game in the next patch.
  • Double Subverted: Most of it, anyway.
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  • Zig Zagged: The dummied out data is added back in in a patch. Most of it, anyway. However, they later release an expansion pack that adds back in that last bit of data. The expansion pack, however, also has dummied out code. A patch for it is later released... to add some of it back in.
  • Averted: All content that was removed isn't included in the game.
  • Enforced: The content removed was totally inappropriate for the desired rating.
  • Lampshaded: "Hey, wasn't I supposed to learn a new spell right about now?"
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  • Defied: The developers decide to release the game a few months late so they can finish all of their planned features.
  • Discussed: Within the Developer's Room: "Just so you know, I'm really sorry that we weren't able to add in that thing. We had to ship the game a few weeks before release, and weren't able to finish it up."
  • Conversed: "Oh, don't buy that game. It's got a ton of content that wasn't used in the final, and it just feels unfinished."
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