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  • New Mac Game Permanently Deletes Your Files... Like It's Supposed To


    If you like living life on the edge and treasure the personal files living on your Mac, you're going to love the potential adrenaline rush of a new game that, while incredibly stupid to some, will infuse a tangible element of pain to losing at a video game.

    MacWorld is profiling the game called "Lose/Lose" this week on its website. In what seems to be more of a psychological experiment than an actual game, "Lose/Lose" is clearly designed to satisfy the thirst for danger possessed by so many Mac Users. So how does this "Russian Roulette for your Mac" work?

    Itís reminiscent of classic arcade games like Space Invaders, but with a sobering twist: Each time you destroy an alien, the game deletes a file from your Mac. Forever.
    In what has to be one of the truly most bizarre games to ever turn up on the Mac, the seemingly retro, simple to use and enjoy video game carries with it a hefty penalty for losing. Apart from permanently deleting files when an alien encounter goes wrong, if your "ship" is destroyed, the actual game subsequently deletes itself from your Mac's hard drive.

    Zach Gage, the game's maker, issues a stark warning above he download link for this game: Lose/Lose permanently deletes files from your hard drive. Itís not meant for hardcore gamers.

    ďBy way of exploring what it means to kill in a video-game, Lose/Lose broaches bigger questions,Ē Gage writes on his site. Gage himself doesnít seem entirely clear on what those bigger questions are. He meanders through a few ideas, including the value of data versus the value of real objects and the question of what the real point of the game is.
    Typically, I like to experience first hand any device, game, or software that I'm writing about before I actually publish any related comments. This time, however, I need to come clean. I'm staying clear of this one. But if you've given it a try, I'd love to hear of your experience.


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    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Mac Game Permanently Deletes Your Files... Like It's Supposed To started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. Bruno615's Avatar
      Bruno615 -
      If only you could get the files back for winning... Say you score 1000 points, you get your deleted cookie back, score 10,000 and you get a Word document back, etc.

      hardcore gamblers beware...
    1. lamar2360430's Avatar
      lamar2360430 -
      im setting up a new virtual machine right now to try this game out.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      this reminds me of the movie brainscan with edward furlong junior!!!
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      Wait, mac users have a thirst for danger?! This is the same group of people that use macs because they are less likely to get viruses, don't crash as much (LOL), and all this other crap. I thing the writer used his ability to embellish the truth a little too much.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by [AnubiS] View Post
      From the author's homepage:
      "Although touching aliens will cause the player to lose the game, and killing aliens awards points, the aliens will never actually fire at the player. This calls into question the player's mission, which is never explicitly stated, only hinted at through classic game mechanics. 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 awarded for using it, that doing so is right?"

      If I understand correctly the idea of the game is not killing alien because you have a weapon, but just see them living or something like that...
      I've always said that Space Invaders is mass genocide. All they did was keep moving down line by line. It's WAAAY more violent than Doom, where they were all dead zombies or demon monsters.
    1. sane's Avatar
      sane -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chase817 View Post
      Why would it delete files if you destroy aliens? Why make punishment for playing correctly? I thought it would only delete files when you die or something...
      its called Lose/Lose

      its self explanatory
    1. tonester1's Avatar
      tonester1 -
      hmmmmm i wonder what would happen if i played this on the macs in school
    1. grrlwonder's Avatar
      grrlwonder -
      I too wish it was Windows compatible. Sad.
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      haha i'm sooo tempted i did like the twist someone posted on here about pretty crazy stuff