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Video Game / We Become What We Behold

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News cycles. Vicious cycles. Infinite cycles.
We Become What We Behold is a video game created by Nutcase Nightmare, released on Kongregate in 2016. It's a Deconstruction Game, which starts of peacefully, with you taking pictures of things, like a man in a hat... but quickly turns into a bloody mess, with clickbait hashtags and Flame Wars. Basically a satire of the internet/modern media cycle.

You can play it here. It's recommended to do so before reading the trope list, since it is rather short.

We trope what we behold:

  • An Aesop: Don't do clickbait and don't fall victim to it.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The man in the hat at the beginning seems innocuous enough at first. He triggers the war later on by shooting the happy square man.
  • Deconstruction Game: For Memetic Mutation and Flame War.
  • Downer Ending: The game eventually reaches a point where things dissolve into total chaos and violence, and there's nothing you can do to stop it. It's shown the couple advocating peace survived in the end, though.
  • Flame War: Happens after a certain amount of time and gossip. Later turns into an actual war.
  • The Generic Guy: The normal people walking around. If you take a photo of them, the broken hashtag is "Just some normal peeps".
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  • Get a Room!: Taking a picture of a couple walking around gives the hashtag "GROSS... GO GET A ROOM!"
  • #HashtagForLaughs: Every single picture you take has a hashtag with a witty sentence.
  • If It Bleeds, It Leads: The game is a brutal parody of sensationalist "click-bait" news.
  • Jerkass: By the end of the game, just about everyone is angry and hateful towards each other.
  • Love Redeems: The couple gives one of their hats to the spiky-haired guy who was scaring people and he spends the rest of the game with a goofy smile, not scaring anyone. Until he's blown to bits.
  • Nice Hat: When you take a photo of a guy with a hat, the hashtag says "OOH NICE HAT" and other people start wearing them.
  • True Love Is Boring: Taking pictures of people getting along after a certain point gives broken hashtags about how people getting along is boring.
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  • Windmill Crusader: At the end of the game, taking pictures of people with weapons gives the hashtag "BE SCARED. BE ANGRY." and more people start getting weapons.


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