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  • n. A level in a computer game that is impossible to win, usually due to programming errors.


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  • "A kill screen is a stage or level in a video game (often an arcade game) that stops the player's progress due to a programming error or design oversight. Rather than "ending" in a traditional sense, the game will crash, freeze, or behave so erratically that further play is impossible." The chaos that breaks out if you reach level 256 of Pac-Man is probably the most famous example.

    September 3, 2008