One Life is an FPS that locks you out of the game when you die - now that's permadeath

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There is a story that Hideo Kojima once wanted to make a game that erased itself when the player died. It's exactly the sort of thing you'd expect from a man who wanted a sniping boss battle to last a week, but fortunately Kojima had people telling him "no". We all need to hear it sometimes. We all have bad ideas.

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One Life seems like it's made by a team that doesn't ever get told "no". Shall we make a game where you only have one life and sell it for $10? Yes. Should we let players piss on each other? Yes. Should we allow players to play weird mind games and lock each other up? Yes. Should we announce it along with one of the worst trailers ever made? Yes. It might as well be called YOLO. 

It recently joined Steam Greenlight, where you can find this description of the game: "One Life is the first multiplayer survival game with perma-permadeath. If you die, you will leave the game forever. Will you manage to survive in this harsh world full of dangers? Upgrade your battle truck and set off for hot spots with friends. Play with your own rules but remember: your every move can be the last one."

There's also a bit afterwards that makes it sound kind of gross. It's under the header "Domination": "When the enemy is defeated, you decide his fate." Note the use of "his" there. They clearly have their target audience in mind.

"Forgive, humiliate, finish off, take everything he has – it’s your choice. Saved life of some loser? Take them captive and make them work off. They will do everything to be free again. No other game will give you this feeling of power over other people."

Art house it ain't. On the bright side, you can probably try it out for an hour, inevitably die, then get your money back with a Steam refund. No other gaming platform will give you this feeling of power over disappointing games.

Check out the trailer - it really is something: 

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Esivo avatarKirk McKeand avatar1N07 avatarHtorne avatarNinja Fried Rice avataramirabd2130 avatar+4
Esivo Avatar
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2 Years ago

Am I the only one that thinks this is completely retarded?

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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2 Years ago

It's a ridiculous concept.

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donatoakay Avatar
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2 Years ago

haha!thought so too

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1N07 Avatar
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2 Years ago

This is stupid.

There are other ways to make it feel like dying in the game is more final...

If they REALLY want to do this "One life" thing, maybe they could make it so that if you die, you're locked out of the game server FOR THE DAY. That would still be a questionable concept, but at least it wouldn't be permanent...

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Htorne Avatar
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2 Years ago

As long as you die within 2 hours - just get a refund - excellent for griefing. (Evil laughter)

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Ninja Fried Rice Avatar
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2 Years ago

Nope. This is stupid.

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KeefBaker Avatar
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2 Years ago

If it were more like £2 then maybe but not at that price. The idea is interesting enough to build tension but it's clearly a gimmick.

In a way it reminds me of "little computer people" on the C64, where if he died on the c64 version when you loaded it up you'd just get a ghost.

But definitely, a timed one would be better than actual permadeath, otherwise all it's going to do is attract people who will avoid conflict and arsehole griefers only.

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amirabd2130 Avatar
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2 Years ago

Well, that would definitely increase tension but also would suck.

But maybe if you die, you lose every progress and upgrade you've made and should start all over again!

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NihlusGreen Avatar
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2 Years ago

Hopefully this is F2P

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Esivo Avatar
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2 Years ago

Read the article.

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NihlusGreen Avatar
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2 Years ago

I confess to skimming this article after having read the greenlight page and seeing no mention of pricing, it's only mentioned on their site

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[5punk]Anery Avatar
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2 Years ago

I had to take a deep breath before writing an angry comment, it didn't help.

This is repulsive.

This is the Windows Vista of gaming, it sets the gaming community back 5 years when things like this are announced. This is the holy grail for the likes of the Daily Mail and Jack Thompson.

I can see it happening now, kid gets tricked into forking out 10 bucks by one of the "cool kids" at school and then his new "friend" waits the pre-req 2 hours and then locks him up and humiliates him. "The line between game and reality is blurred" and "Forgive, humiliate, finish off, take everything he has – it’s your choice. Saved life of some loser? Take them captive and make them work off. They will do everything to be free again. No other game will give you this feeling of power over other people." should never be said about the same product.

I can't be the only one who thinks this surely?

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