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- Back when I first got Pokemon Yellow, I could not finish Silph Co. I couldn't find the Card Key, and after scouring the building for items that weren't behind locked doors, I came to the conclusion that the Card Key had to be in that item ball in that narrow hallway blocked by teleporters on both ends. Yet I didn't know how to get past them I went and beat both Koga and Blaine, but because the Silph Co. quest wasn't finished I couldn't face Sabrina. I basically abandoned the game for about two years, during which I actually finished Pokemon Gold. Then one day I started playing again and it occurred to me that after being teleported once I could step back on the teleporter and turn around to walk into the hallway. Cue facepalm.
- Also in Pokemon Yellow, I was stuck on Brock for a long time in my very first playthrough. While I eventually beat him with a Butterfree (that I named Hope...lol), it was only much later that I found out that I could have caught a Mankey on the route west of Viridian City...and that rock was weak against fighting, for that matter.
- My very first Zelda game happened to be Oracle of Seasons. I was stuck on the first dungeon for a while since I didn't know how to damage the dragon boss, Aquamentus. Or rather, I thought I was damaging it by hitting its body. I later realized that you had to hit the horn...and I could actually hit the horn to begin with. XD
- Also in LoZ: OoS, I had no idea how to progress in the Poison Moth Lair, and this actually forced me to buy a guide. After getting it, it turned out that the reason I was stuck was because I didn't realize that a few blocks were pushable. In fact, I think I even tried pushing them, but they wouldn't budge until I left the room through the stairs and then came back again. For the longest time I thought this "unfroze" the blocks or something, but after looking at a FAQ, that's apparently not the case. It turned out that I wasn't pushing hard enough. ^_^U
- In a Medabots RPG called Medabots Rokusho Version, I was up against Squidguts in an early battle and his Medabots happened to have this crazy powerful sacrifice attack that always wiped out my team before I could wipe out his. I got so frustrated that I cried and declared the game unbeatable. I decided to start over again, however, and I finally realized that the legs they had were for sea terrain, meaning that they were weak to anti-sea weapons. Cue another facepalm.
- All the above incidents happened back when I was a kid/early teenager, but a recent problem reminded me of how dense I could be. I got Dragon Quest VI for Christmas, and the other day I was at the Underkeep in the Dream Realm. There's a certain portion that's completely dark that has spots where you could fall to a lower floor. While activating switches lit up most of the area, there was still one portion that was dark...and it happened to have a staircase. A walkthrough told me to hug the wall near the stairs so I wouldn't fall, but I still fell even when I was by the wall. I soon realized that it was talking about a different wall and a different staircase further south. Cue epic facepalm.
Yes, I'm an idiot. But at least I admit it.