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It's a nice page quote in JPG, but I don't see how the closeup of the face (and the rainy building) add anything to the page. I'm not even sure this is a video game. Can we pull that?
Edited by Spark9 on Feb 5th 2021 at 2:04:47 AM
Yeah, this one's too far into page quote territory for my liking.
Yeah pull, relies entirely on the text and it's not even clear it's from a video game.
Done and tagged.
This might be BUPKIS worthy unless anyone has any ideas.
Yeah, this one seems tough to illustrate, so I could get behind BUPKIS.
That could work.
Is that sufficiently divorced from But Thou Must!?
For all intents and purposes, this trope is But Thou Must! except as a general plot device instead of just a gameplay restriction.
Edited by Drope on Feb 16th 2021 at 12:44:50 PM
Clock is set.
14 or nothing, I guess.
My whole suggestion was based on this particular sentence that encapsulates the point of the trope:
Otherwise, I have no other idea of how to portray this. It's going to look like a fancy But Thou Must! in any case.
Edited by Drope on Feb 24th 2021 at 3:38:11 AM
Edited by Crossover-Enthusiast on Feb 24th 2021 at 9:05:49 AM
The trope is that lack of freedom in gameplay is justified by having lack of freedom in story (e.g. because the protagonist is mind controlled, or because fate, or something). Arguably this is not a trope by itself (as it boils down to "another trope but lampshaded") and should be taken to TRS.
Either way, the suggested image (14) is an example of But Thou Must!, not of this trope. So let's keep it blank instead.
Nah. Stop using laconic to understand tropes. This trope is about games that employ linearity, lack of free will and related concepts in their gameplay while also acknowledging or even satirizing said concepts, because they're also part of the game's themes or story. It's very much a metafiction trope.
It's not just lampshading. Whole games are built around this premise.
Edited by Drope on Feb 24th 2021 at 12:31:27 PM
I don't think 14 is But Thou Must!, since you can enter the blue door, it just takes a while. But it's probably a case of This Image Is Not an Example, however, I'd rather avoid that. Either way,
Edited by R3Ked on Feb 24th 2021 at 1:11:30 AM
The problem is that people who haven't played Stanley Parable (or don't know about this ending) wouldn't know the Blue Door is still an option.
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