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Something Interesting and Useful That I Never Knew About Inge Wagner's Fight

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Not until this year at least, when I finally figured it out. Haven't seen it mentioned anywhere. You know how when she sings, you can get hurt? For the longest time I thought it was because her singing was so bad that it hurt just to hear it. Given this game's humor and how the guards in the level stop shooting you to cover their ears, that seemed likely. However there are times when it doesn't hurt you, and it can vary greatly in how much it hurts you. At first I thought the closer you were, the more likely you'd get hurt more. But I figured out this wasn't the case as I've been able to stand right next to her and not get hurt, and also really far to where I couldn't even hear her yet still get hurt a lot. So then I thought it was random, but it still seemed more nuanced than that.

Eventually I found out that you only got hurt when standing near the glass windows in the level, but it doesn't work how you might think it would. You'd think that you could only get hurt WHILE the glass is breaking and falling to the ground. This is not the case though. It turns out that at any point AFTER the windows are broken, if you stand near them while she sings, you will get hurt. The closer you are, the more it hurts. This suggests that her singing causes the already broken glass on the ground to defy gravity by rising up and flying into you. Other than being illogical, what made this hard to figure out was that you never see any shards flying around! Nor does this mechanic show up at any other point in the game (in any other case, the shards might as well not be there). The game didn't provide any hints about this other than the glass breaking when she sings (which I thought was for comic effect and to imply that her singing hurts). It might just be a case of weird, old game design choices and limitations. In any case, I'm glad I was finally able to figure it out and share it.

So what does everyone think about this? Did anyone else know about it?

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You really put some thought into it. Broken glass that hurt you is a brilliant thought.
However its a long time ago that I played that level, but I believe it was the electrity that hurt you? I think there were some cables laying around and the electrity of that was about to kill you?!

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On 11/30/2018 at 10:39 AM, egoicepick said:

You really put some thought into it. Broken glass that hurt you is a brilliant thought.
However its a long time ago that I played that level, but I believe it was the electrity that hurt you? I think there were some cables laying around and the electrity of that was about to kill you?!

I put a lot of thought into it to crack the mystery once and for all. As for your electricity theory, that simply isn't the case in this level. First off when you're hurt by electricity in this game a lightning bolt symbol appears above your health, and Cate makes a certain sound to indicate that she was zapped. Neither of those things happen in this case. Also if it was electricity, it wouldn't only be happening while Wagner was singing, but any time you stepped into certain areas. The only electricity hazard in the level is the broken light that you switch on to hurt Wagner. Furthermore, since electricity is shown to be her weakness, then presumably if there were cables of electricity lying around, Wagner would get hurt whenever she walked over them as well. But the electricity from the broken light is the only way to hurt her.

As I explained above I'm pretty sure that it's supposed to represent shards of glass flying around after the windows break, even though you don't actually see any shards of glass flying around. If you go play that level, you can see how windows break when she sings, and while she's singing if you stand in or near a broken window you'll get hurt. She even tends to start singing if you stand in one.

I also recently realized that this broken glass mechanic is even somewhat contrary to what is said in the game manual. In the Agent Basic Training section when talking about how weapons can shoot through glass: "If you shoot through the glass enough times, it may eventually explode into harmless glass shards." Like I said, at any other point in the game it is true that they are harmless, but not in that level while Wagner is singing.

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