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Video Game / The Lab

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The Lab is a 2016 virtual reality game created by Valve Software. The game is set in an Aperture Science pocket universe and includes several mini-games.

The Lab contains examples of:

  • Artillery Game:
    • Slingshot involves launching personality cores at piles of boxes and explosives.
    • Longbow is an archery game where the player tries to stop a horde of Bendies from raiding your castle.
  • Auction: The Auction Core tries to auction off a bag of garbage.
  • Bullet Hell: Xortex involves flying your ship to avoid lots of bullets and lasers.
  • Evil Brit: Invoked by the Supervillain Core, who uses a British accent but it turns out he's actually Canadian.
  • Evil Laugh: The ghost story core gives one after informing the player he lied about working for the post office.
  • Genre Shift: Secret Shop takes the player to the fantasy item shop from Dota 2.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: The Core That Goes By The Book says, "I'll see you in heaven" when launched.
  • Pocket Dimension: The game is set in Pocket Universe 08, and Robot Repair features a dimension in a drawer.
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  • Reverse Psychology: The Reverse Psychology Core tries to use this trope to manipulate the player.
  • Tech Demo Game: Showcases some uses of virtual reality capabilities.
  • Unwinnable by Design: Robot Repair seems to be GLaDOS's way of playing with human recruits. The player is given a set of confusing instructions on how to repair the robot, but there doesn't appear to be any way to actually complete them.
  • Year X: Xortex is set in the year 26XX.


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