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Basic Trope: A beta version of a game is released as a full version.

  • Straight: Danger Damian is released while only partly finished; there are lots of bugs and several sections of the game seem to be missing content.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Danger Damian is released while in alpha stage. Most of the game is just untextured wireframes and there is only one level.
    • Putting the game in brings up the source code.
  • Downplayed: Danger Damian is released while almost finished, having a few more bugs than usual.
  • Justified:
    • The creators ran out of time or money.
    • They were against all odds, and they were too persistent to give up right then.
  • Inverted: Danger Damian and a sequel are both released in one disc/cartridge.
  • Subverted: Danger Damian is released while only partly finished... as a publicly available beta.
  • Double Subverted: Perpetual Beta
  • Parodied: Danger Damian is a brown cardboard box with a note inside reading "IOU 1 Game."
  • Zig Zagged: Danger Damian is released in a broken state, but gets patched up to workable quality before long. Then the DLC comes out...
  • Averted: Danger Damian isn't released until finished.
  • Enforced: See Justified.
  • Lampshaded: Damian literally says, as part of the in-game dialogue, "Who made this game? It's like it wasn't even finished!"
  • Invoked: Creator's Apathy.
  • Exploited: The creators regularly release unfinished games and then use every Polish the Turd tactic in the book before anyone notices.
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  • Defied: The creators either finish the project or don't release it at all.
  • Discussed: This is a really great game!
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: There are plenty of glitches and bugs in Danger Damian, even though they don't affect the gameplay much.
  • Deconstructed: The game does horribly, both in sales and with critics.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Intended Audience Reaction: The horrible project was an attempt at learning what not to do when making a game.
  • Played For Laughs: The company who made the game wasn't even trying. The next game they make is better than even the best game currently in existence.
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  • Played For Drama: The company who made the game were trying, against all odds even.

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