LoseLose is an absolutely insane free computer game which trashes your computer as you play. The thing works by deleting a random file on your hard disk every time you zap an alien craft. What’s more if the player’s ship is destroyed, then a program file is deleted. Or something. I’m still reeling from the first part of the proposition. For serious adrenaline junkie masochists only I’m thinking.
Lose/Lose is a video-game with real life consequences. Each alien in the game is created based on a random file on the players computer. If the player kills the alien, the file it is based on is deleted. If the players ship is destroyed, the application itself is deleted. 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?