The 20 Cruelest Arcade Game Over Screens

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None of us likes to lose in video games, and even less if we are humiliated with cruel game over screens, right?

Video games, especially in their origins in arcades, have always been associated with challenge and demand from players. Losing a life meant spending money. For this reason, one of the things that nobody wanted, under any circumstances, was to lose a continue.

The game over screen in video games reminded us that we had failed and that we had to dig into our pockets in search of more coins. Not pleasant. That is why some game over screens are engraved in our minds, because of their repeated appearance in difficult games, or because they were so sadistic or mocking that made us suffer even more the defeat

In this video I explore the history of arcade video games, in search of those game over screens that nobody wanted to see.

In this video you will find:

• A game curation showing gruesome bloody, disturbing and humilliating continue screens in arcade games
• Information related to each game such as release date, developer company, game genre and system it was released on.
• Official game box arts with a 3D presentation.
• Educative and/or critical comments on the importance of the video game and why you should play it

Intro and Outro Music

Aries Beats “Synthwave Dreams 2020” is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license

0:00 Intro
00:13 Ninja Gaiden
00:41 Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
01:10 Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters II
01:53 Blue’s Journey
02:23 Tecmo Knight
02:50 Fatal Fury: King of Fighters
03:14 Burning Fight
03:41 Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure
04:13 Best Of Best
04:45 Warriors of Fate
05:13 The Punisher
05:43 Toki
06:22 Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior
06:59 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
07:32 Sega Rally Championship
07:56 Mahjong the Lady Hunter
08:22 Mortal Kombat 4
08:50 Sly Spy
09:16 The First Funky Fighter
09:45 Final Fight
10:11 Outro

⚠️ All gameplay recording, game curation and opinions included in this video, as well as editing is completely done by me

Bits & Beats creates videos about the history of video games. In this channel you’ll find comparisons, retrospectives, technical analysis, but, mostly, game curations with the idea of having an important task of preserving video games, and make them relevant to society at large.

Curation isn’t just about digging up neat games, but it’s also about preservation, interpretation, and using one’s knowledge to make it relevant to people. With my videos I want older gamers to look back and remember the influence of video games on their lives, and new gamers to understand the larger context of the series they’re playing for the first time today.

I put significant time and creative effort into each one of my videos, including research, digging into archives, playing video games and recording hours of footage, selecting specific clips, writing reviews for each title, and making a very careful video editing in the way to transmit both educational and entertaining values to my audience. Every video takes a lot of hours to produce, because I strive to give my audience a consistent, high-quality content.

Fidelity and preservation of the video games is essential in Bits & Beats, so the recordings are made with the highest bitrate quality. It is done this way to preserve original game look and sound through modern footage, with no superfluous additions. I recommend you watch the video at 4K and 60 frames per second to get the best possible viewing experience.

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  1. 2 important things: In the Mortal Kombat clip I had to change the song of the fall into the pit because absolutely all the music of this saga has a very restrictive copyright (thanks Warner Bros…); And some continues were too long in length (more than 20 seconds), so I've cut them a little bit to make the video more entertaining to watch.

    I hope you can understand these little "creative licenses". Enjoy the video!

  2. 2:17 Im scared of Blue’s Journey game over, I think Queretaro will end up screwup and ruined by the Mexican corruption and pollution and I’ll die exhausted

  3. The Tecmo Knight one is so cool. I would have been fumbling to put quarters in as fast as I could.

  4. Nice. I think I would have given a runner-up award for the Alien Versus Predator arcade game over screen that shows Predator arming his suicide bomb.

  5. Looking at it from another perspective, the Fatal Fury Game Over, can you imagine if the creators had put the phrase when you defeat Geese? something like: "Andy Bogard dies in hospital 3 hours after falling from a highrise" that would have made it too cruel for the player.

  6. Even though I don’t play these games these are the worst game over screens I have ever seen since they are deadly

  7. "This is a wrestling game, but we gotta make the game over screen look tragic somehow"
    "Make the character get a heart attack when it reaches zero"

  8. Es como Hulk falta roba es como vampiro manzana es mismo superhéroes falta el no es tan normal era médico uso anteojos por modales

  9. Did losing in Slam Masters really get to Haggar so much that he got a heart attack? Well shit. That makes the dynamite in Final Fight rather pointless.

  10. In arcades Street Fighter 2, Jojo, Garou Densetsu, Sega Rally, Final Fight 2 most cruelties of game over.

  11. Ninja gaiden arcade was one of my favorite game over screens it's begging you to put the money in to save Hayabusa but if you don't well we all know what happens.

  12. I remember seeing the Final Fight one when I was a like 4. My brothers were at Tae Kwon Do practice so my mom took me to the arcade while we waited for them.
    I played as Haggar and got my ass beat. Only thing I remember differently was when the countdown reached 0 for some reason I remember it transitioning to a newspaper with the dynamite photo being a main headline.

    Memory's can be funny I guess.

  13. As a kid, my broke ass used to feel bad when the blue s journey fairy called me a bad guy for not having coins to continue 😂

  14. I remember I lost to geese and I got scared when ever my character almost die after I insert a coin in

  15. The Jojo one is very clever considering Darby can only turn people into poker chips once they give up trying or their soul admits defeat

  16. Just watching these again makes me nervous with the count downs even though I know about them lol

  17. Not really a cruel one, but I like the “continue” screen for Terminator 2: Judgement Day where Arnold Schwarzenegger just says “You have to insert another coin. Hurry up!”

  18. Man. I am 42 years old. I shouldn't be surprised to feel this way, but man! The movement, speed and designs of games back then was the bomb! Looking at them now…I feel so lame!

  19. So Haggar goes back to a shabby locker room and goes into cardiac arrest after losing the match? Damn.

  20. arcade game makers choosing which Final Destination death they should add to their game (it's for kids)

  21. Seriously? Sega Rally Championship? Where's cruelty in it? Or in Ring of Destruction, SF II, or AoF II? Really, don't know what are doing these games in this list: there's a lot more of games with cruelest Game Over Screens

  22. Jojo was one of the best arcade games. Glad that we get all star battle R cause its like a arcade game

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