The End Screen

Edge: Everything goes black when you boot Joe Danger for the first time. That was how the game launched, on our retail PS3 and across the US. The screen went black, and stayed black.

It was apt. Apt that it was midnight when we saw it for the first time. Apt that the four of us were in the office, once more surrounded by breakfast bowls and takeaway cartons. And it was particularly apt that the game looked properly fucked.

“It’s never done this before.”

“The lights still flashing.”

“Might be a retail PS3 thing.”

“Yeah, maybe all games just do nothing.”

I’d thought about this day, every day, for two years. Whenever I did, I pictured champagne and celebrations. Instead we had cider and sheer terror.

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