In some single-player games, there is no option to pause the game during dialogs or during cut-scenes. However, sometimes things happen in real life (kids, etc.) that require me to shift my attention to something else within a few seconds.
Is there a way to "force pause" these games? For example, some external tool that somehow "freezes" or suspends the current process at the click of a key?
I'd need a solution that works on Windows.
The game I am currently having this issue with is "The Book of Unwritten Tales - Critter Chronicles", but, since this is a recurring issue I have with multiple games, I deliberately made the question game-agnostic. However, if you have an answer for this particular game I am playing right now, feel free to leave a comment.
I've tagged this cheats, since this is about "modifying gameplay" in a way that the developer did not intend. If you have a better idea, please re-tag.