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The Stakes Have Never Been Higher in Lose/Lose

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Do you have a lot of useless clutter on your computer? Want to play a game that cleans it all up, and even some of the good stuff? There's now a game for you!


Lose/Lose is a fixed shooter, and is also all about chance. Enemies are generated based off of files that are on your computer. If you kill the aliens, you kill the file that it's generated from. You'll even get a nice little notification letting you know what you just deleted. The aliens will never shoot back, though. If the aliens kill you, well ... then the game deletes itself.

Remember, these files will be deleted permanently. Those wedding pictures you took? Gone. That system32 file you're so protective of? Poof. You never really needed that thing, anyways. Heck, I mean, I never saw you go in there.


The site hosting the game states that the reason for making the aliens files is to add more importance to them - to make them something that the player will value. By doing this, they hope that players will think a little bit more before they shoot - or think about if they'll shoot at all. They want the players to think.

"Is the player supposed to be an aggressor? Or merely an observer, traversing through a dangerous land?

Why do we assume that because we are given a weapon an [sic] awarded for using it, that doing so is right?"


It's definitely interesting to think about, but of course, that award it mentioned is in the form of a leaderboard. At the time of my writing this, the top scorer is a user by the name of "arvernus" with a score of 412. That's a lot of files.

I'm not sure I'll ever be able to enjoy this game, but that doesn't mean you can't. Just remember, any aliens you kill are files on your computer. You will not get those files back.


The site, complete with leaderboard, gameplay video, and download link, can be found here.

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