One critical thing which makes any video game stand out from other artforms are failure states. Whether this is a standard death thanks to a depleted health bar or being locked out of a major part of a story, they are ultimately an integral part of what makes the medium appealing outside from film or television. There are more than a few developers who fully embrace this too – to the point of adding some truly bizarre endings to any play session.
Some game over screens mock the player over an insane decision no one in their right mind would ever attempt, while others serve as a nasty surprise to something like trolling the game’s population of NPCs. Then there are the truly surreal ones, which manage to break the fourth wall and effect your very save file forevermore. Whether they are dark, sinister twists which bring the world to an abrupt end or hilarious pokes at the players’ decisions, the industry is populated with these unusual failure states and unusual endings to great titles.