Ranker has posted an enjoyable list of the top 10 death screens in gaming’s long history, with Mario Kart 64 coming in at #1 since the loser gets a bob-omb dropped on their heads.
However, our personal choice lies with the Duck Hunt dog (#3 on Ranker’s list). It is a game over screen that broke into the mainstream, even into popular culture. Videos on the internet are made just so people can experience the altered satisfaction of seeing that dog get his comeuppance. That sinister digital laugh is everything players love and hate about video games, the ultimate slap in the face. If that’s not a classic game over screen (and infuriating), what is?