WELCOME TO THE MANY DEATHS OF YOU & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
So, uh, what is this?
The Many Deaths Of You is an attempt to chronicle and archive interesting Game Over sequences found throughout video games.
On a personal level, I’ve always been into this kind of thing. Ever since I started playing games, there’d often be times when I’d immediately start trying to get a Game Over as quickly as possible to see if anything cool would happen. Oftentimes not, but sometimes I’d be surprised!
I’m also doing this because this sort of thing has, sadly, become somewhat of a dying art in modern gaming. As games get easier, with frequent checkpoints and frequent autosaving, death is usually treated more like an error message than anything. To be fair, this is understandable. Few people would want to play a game where they’re punished every time they fail with an elaborate cutscene to rub in their failure further. A lot of games might offer you a special cutscene if you screw up particularly hard, a “Non-Standard Game Over”, as TVTropes calls it, but these are somewhat rare as well.
Despite this, though, in older games where this sort of thing was more common, it’s important to note that developers put real time and effort into the creation of these sequences. Despite this, it’s entirely possible that many players may not have even seen these, nor has anybody documented them.
Simply put, I appreciate when a game makes the extra effort to illustrate your failure, and this is the sort of thing that I want to celebrate and showcase here.
Are you the only one doing this kind of thing?
Nope! I was actually inspired by the work of two Youtube users, GameOverContinue, and MrWhitman. Sadly, the former account no longer seems to be active, but what I’m trying to do is continue from where he left off. If you enjoy video game deaths, be certain to check out his channel, as he’s done a ton of games already.
From time to time, I might also link the work of other Youtube users who do this sort of thing. I’m also willing to take submissions from other people, and I’ll be certain to give proper credit to anybody who contributes!
So what do you count as “interesting”?
Simply put, any image or cutscene you get open achieving a Game Over that’s particularly memorable. Perhaps it’s something scary, well-drawn, or even funny! Basically, don’t expect to find any screen that simply states the words “Game Over”, here, unless those words happen to be rendered in a really interesting way.
I also want to avoid games that are particularly well known for their Game Over sequences. While I might eventually add them to the blog in the future, for the sake of completion, these have been seen around the internet so many times that I feel people would just get bored of them. These include stuff like Total Distortion, Daytona USA, Ninja Gaiden, Final Fight and other Capcom beat-em-ups, Friday the 13th on the NES, and anything the internet has already made you well aware of. We’re here to dig deeper than that!
Can I help?
Absolutely! There’s several things you can do to contribute to the blog, such as:
- Informing me of games with a particularly noteworthy Game Over sequence
- Sending me images, videos, or links to images or videos of noteworthy Game Over sequences
- Letting me know if I’ve missed any sequences in games I’ve previously covered
Any of these will lead to you getting full credit for your help on the post you helped contribute to! Any Youtube videos that don’t belong to me will also be credited in the description of the post containing them.