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Forum Game: Better than it sounds.

Postby Rosco-128 » 27 Apr 2009, 03:31

This game was inspired by a page of the same name on TvTropes Wiki.

Have you ever tried to describe your favourite film, show, book or game to the uninitiated, only to discover that summing it up in only a few sentences makes it sound ridiculous? Stripped of their context, do aspects of the story or premise seem nonsensical or glaringly cliched?

But no, really, it's better than it sounds!

The game: One person describes a show, book, game, whatever, in only a few sentences, in a way that would make anyone not familiar with it say "WTF? That sounds lame!" Everyone else tries to guess the series.

Example: A boy's alien car and its friends try to protect him from other alien cars, who are evil and in search of eyewear - Transformers (2007)

I'll start this off with one I had to explain recently:
Stuck up boy genius concocts a plan to steal a lot of money from faeries with jetpacks and laser guns.
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Re: Forum Game: Better than it sounds.

Postby whyarecarrots » 27 Apr 2009, 03:33

Artemis Fowl.
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Postby Lyinginbedmon » 27 Apr 2009, 03:49

Firefly and Fooly Cooly

EDIT: Also The Big O (Anime not euphemism)
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Re: Forum Game: Better than it sounds.

Postby goat » 27 Apr 2009, 09:04

Rosco-128 wrote:This game was inspired by a page of the same name on TvTropes Wiki.

Have you ever tried to describe your favourite film, show, book or game to the uninitiated, only to discover that summing it up in only a few sentences makes it sound ridiculous? Stripped of their context, do aspects of the story or premise seem nonsensical or glaringly cliched?

But no, really, it's better than it sounds!

The game: One person describes a show, book, game, whatever, in only a few sentences, in a way that would make anyone not familiar with it say "WTF? That sounds lame!" Everyone else tries to guess the series.

Example: A boy's alien car and its friends try to protect him from other alien cars, who are evil and in search of eyewear - Transformers (2007)

I'll start this off with one I had to explain recently:
Stuck up boy genius concocts a plan to steal a lot of money from faeries with jetpacks and laser guns.


I don't know about you, but those both sound like fun.
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Re: Forum Game: Better than it sounds.

Postby Genghis Ares » 27 Apr 2009, 09:40

Is it Artemis Fowl? If so does whyarecarrots go now?
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Re: Forum Game: Better than it sounds.

Postby Rosco-128 » 27 Apr 2009, 12:43

Yup, it was Artemis Fowl.

You don't have to wait for someone to guess right, if you have one just throw it in.
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Postby whyarecarrots » 27 Apr 2009, 14:19

Ah... well, I don't have one :S
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Postby Zivlok » 27 Apr 2009, 14:57

A midget is kidnapped from his home by some other midgets and their master so that he can do their dirty work.
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Postby the amativeness » 27 Apr 2009, 15:15

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Postby Jillers » 27 Apr 2009, 16:31

The hobbit?

Can I suggest that people have to guess what the other person was talking about before they go? I mean, if no one else cares, then I don't care either.
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Postby Zivlok » 27 Apr 2009, 17:56

Yup! The Hobbit!
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Postby Jillers » 27 Apr 2009, 18:43

Hrmmm....

Ok ok ok...

This girl falls in love with this guy and he dies trying to steal some money, and they sing a lot.
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Postby tak197 » 27 Apr 2009, 18:54

West side Story?

Probably not, but here's mine...

Classic retelling of famous English story involving period costumes, anachronistic musical numbers, and a chaotic good character.
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Postby Master Gunner » 27 Apr 2009, 18:57

My Fair Lady?
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Postby Jillers » 27 Apr 2009, 18:58

Sweeney Todd?
Or Peter Pan?
Or or or or that one musical with that guy, who had hair... and a face...and a, and a... ok I really don't know =)

And no, it's not WSS- Tony didn't steal any money =P
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Re: Forum Game: Better than it sounds.

Postby tak197 » 28 Apr 2009, 06:14

I'm going to add to the description, seeing as it is a little confusing.
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Postby ThrashJazzAssassin » 28 Apr 2009, 13:32

tak197 wrote:Classic retelling of famous English story involving period costumes, anachronistic musical numbers, and a chaotic good character.

The anachronistic music says A Knight's Tale to me. And of course the other criteria are also true.
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Postby ThrashJazzAssassin » 28 Apr 2009, 13:57

This is ridiculously easy if you've ever seen the film, but it's not a high-profile blockbuster and the description is entertaining, so what the hey:

Three hardened bounty hunters, one thirteen-year-old girl and their neurologically enhanced Corgi race against time to prevent a biochemical attack on a city.

Involving exploding Halloween balloons.

On Mars.
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Re: Forum Game: Better than it sounds.

Postby Re'ozul » 28 Apr 2009, 14:59

Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door

A Man awakes to an ever changing city controlled by mind-readers and has to save everyone from their plans by using the same kind of powers.
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Postby WTDavies » 28 Apr 2009, 15:07

Re'ozul wrote:A Man awakes to an ever changing city controlled by mind-readers and has to save everyone from their plans by using the same kind of powers.


Dark City.

How about:

Old man in tight leather suit runs around grabbing fit young men and then doing terrible things to them in the dark.
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Re: Forum Game: Better than it sounds.

Postby Re'ozul » 28 Apr 2009, 15:24

Blade?
Ghost rider?

way too many leather suited people.
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Re: Forum Game: Better than it sounds.

Postby Dr Evil42 » 28 Apr 2009, 17:51

I got one:

It takes place a couple decades ago and a large female wants to join a dancing TV show but they won't let her because she likes a racial mix of people. There is also singing and dancing.
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Re: Forum Game: Better than it sounds.

Postby WTDavies » 28 Apr 2009, 17:54

Dr Evil42 wrote:It takes place a couple decades ago and a large female wants to join a dancing TV show but they won't let her because she likes a racial mix of people. There is also singing and dancing.


Hairspray.

I was working at a cinema when it was released. Messiest audiences ever. I dont think anyone ate or drank anything during that film they just threw it at each other and then took a dump behind the seats.
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Postby Jillers » 28 Apr 2009, 17:57

Ok, here's one:

So this guy lights a candle and it brings these witches to life and they want to go and kidnap children.
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Re: Forum Game: Better than it sounds.

Postby Dr Evil42 » 28 Apr 2009, 17:58

A police man is doing so well at his job he is transferred to another British town because his colleges think he is making them look bad. He and a partner have to investigate a series of murders and expose a conspiracy.
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