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Deadlock Clock: Feb 26th 2021 at 11:59:00 PM
Spark9 Gentleman Troper! from Castle Wulfenbach Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
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Feb 5th 2021 at 2:04:37 AM

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

Special trousers. Very heroic.
Feb 10th 2021 at 3:16:48 PM

Yeah, this one's too far into page quote territory for my liking.

rjd1922 Image Pickin' regular from Illinois Relationship Status: Love is for the living, Sal
Image Pickin' regular
Feb 10th 2021 at 3:38:04 PM

Yeah pull, relies entirely on the text and it's not even clear it's from a video game.

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Feb 10th 2021 at 11:57:35 PM

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Feb 11th 2021 at 12:52:24 AM

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TheUnsquished Apparently unsquishable from Southern Limey Land Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Apparently unsquishable
Feb 13th 2021 at 9:09:56 AM

Pull.

(Annoyed grunt)
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Feb 15th 2021 at 11:05:10 PM

This might be BUPKIS worthy unless anyone has any ideas.

Mahoxy paf pof from the Splatlands Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
paf pof
Feb 15th 2021 at 11:06:42 PM

Yeah, this one seems tough to illustrate, so I could get behind BUPKIS.

It's funny because we're all living in a simulation and free will is a lie.
Drope Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Feb 16th 2021 at 4:27:31 AM

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/stanley_parable_doors.png

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Drope Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Feb 16th 2021 at 12:43:07 PM

[up]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

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TheUnsquished Apparently unsquishable from Southern Limey Land Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Apparently unsquishable
Feb 24th 2021 at 2:12:41 AM

14 or nothing, I guess.

(Annoyed grunt)
Drope Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Feb 24th 2021 at 3:37:24 AM

My whole suggestion was based on this particular sentence that encapsulates the point of the trope:

Hence, this trope is about video games in which the strict linearity of the storyline and the lack of agency afforded to the player is not employed just as a gameplay contrivance, but also as a storytelling device or thematic element.

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

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Crossover-Enthusiast Yo! from quarantine (send Red Lobster biscuits) Relationship Status: Chocolate!
Yo!
Feb 24th 2021 at 6:05:32 AM

14 works.

Edited by Crossover-Enthusiast on Feb 24th 2021 at 9:05:49 AM

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Spark9 Gentleman Troper! from Castle Wulfenbach Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Gentleman Troper!
Feb 24th 2021 at 6:26:04 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.

Special trousers. Very heroic.
Drope Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Feb 24th 2021 at 12:06:39 PM

[up]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

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R3Ked from Unknown Relationship Status: RelationshipOutOfBoundsException: 1
Feb 24th 2021 at 1:09:36 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, [tdown]

Edited by R3Ked on Feb 24th 2021 at 1:11:30 AM

Just your average mysterious entity. :)
WarJay77 Some like it hot from The Void Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
Some like it hot
Feb 24th 2021 at 1:12:51 PM

[up] 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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