When the "knockdown" status effect is applied, text appears that says things like "whoops", "tripped", or "hammertime".

What does "hammertime" reference? I'm familiar with the M.C. Hammer song "Can't Touch This", but I don't recall there being anything about slipping and/or falling in it.

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    Stop! Hammertime.
    – GnomeSlice
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 5:12
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    Kids these days. Next thing you know, they'll wonder what badgers have to do with mushrooms and snakes... Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 6:37

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From the status effect wikia page, the effect of Knockdown is:

Cannot Move or Act

You have the reference right. It is a reference to the song "Can't Touch This" by M.C. Hammer, as the lyric directly preceding "Hammertime" is "Stop!". Since the effect of Knockdown is the inability to move, you're effectively stopped from moving.


can't touch this

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    It is probably a good idea to indicate what Stop! Hammertime! is a reference to; as famous as MC Hammer was for that catchphrase, I’m sure there are people unfamiliar with it.
    – KRyan
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 15:41
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    @KRyan I added a video and a gif for the reference! How's that?
    – Vemonus
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 15:53
  • Hah, fantastic.
    – KRyan
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 15:58
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    Oh man I had almost forgotten that people actually wore those pants and did that dance.
    – coteyr
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 16:21
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    Whole rest of my day ruined, by that stupid tune. Because literally everything that is better is less of an ear worm. Gah!
    – Ryan
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 17:56

The reference is to the In Living Color parody where MC Hammer gets lost in his pants while dancing. Must see:

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    I very much doubt that. How would getting lost in your pants make sense as a reference here?
    – Vemonus
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 5:41
  • Obviously you weren't a teenager in the 80's. Getting lost in the pants inhibits (or should) his movement. It's a sly throwback to this video. Kind of like when someone says "Homey don't play that", it's from In Living Color.
    – Mary
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 5:48
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    No, I wasn't. But that doesn't change that this is just a parody of what Divinity: Original Sin is referencing. Based on YouTube views alone, it just wouldn't make sense to make an obscure reference like this. The original music video has 284m views, while the parody videos have at most 1.3m.
    – Vemonus
    Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 5:50

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