Games where death still actually matters

Game characters die. They die a lot. It happens. In a medium built around win/lose conditions, and the progressive overcoming of the latter element of such, death is inevitable. Rarely though, is it important. A quick slap on the wrist, and a rapid reset. A brief judgement that you’ve been playing too badly for too long, and that the game would like you to try this bit again please because oh goddamnit it’s embarrassing to watch.

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