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9 horribly embarrassing ways to die in a video game

There are ways to die in a game and there are ways to die. Being horrendously, but heroically squashed under a size 400 foot as we single-handedly fight a giant robot with nuclear weapons. Now that’s a respectable way to embrace gaming death. Having our hero get done in by birds, spiders or a bad case of the cold (like in the following collection of games)? Yeah, not so much. So join us as we doff our gaming hats and monocles to mourn – and laugh at – some of the most embarrassing video game deaths ever. 


Death by Faggio scooter

Embarrassingly ending your life in: GTA IV

There are many fine ways to check out with Niko in Rockstar’s crime classic. Bleeding out in the gutter after getting shot by crazed Albanian bikers. Falling off the Statue of Happiness. Blowing ourselves up with a grenade because we just can’t stomach the thought of going bowling with Roman for the 9th time in four days. But the last sliver of our health being wiped out by an effeminate piece of Italian machinery that can barely do 14mph? Man, that ain’t no way for an amoral assassin to go.


Death by undead crow

Embarrassingly ending your life in: Resident Evil

Wait. That’s a typo, right? Surely we mean undead giant shark, cobra or, at a massive push, feral zombified cow. Nah, we totally mean those little feathered bastards that terrorise hard-working scarecrows everywhere. Don’t get us wrong, we’re totally cool with death in Resi. Hell, half the fun of survival horror is seeing our woodenly animated agent get their face melted off by things that go homicidal in the night. But as humiliating ways to sign out go, getting pecked to death by mutated worm munchers ranks just below carking it on the crapper from extra strength diarrhoea.


Death by medicine shortage

Embarrassingly ending your life in: Far Cry 2

Africa is a dangerous place. Hippos. Lions. Shitting hippos (seriously, they’re the most dangerous animal in Africa). Rubbishly, there’s a shortage of deadly predators in Far Cry’s take on the continent. But we suppose biting it in combat against armies of AK-sporting mercenaries is a pretty respectable way to go. Sadly, blacking out and subsequently getting our ass shot off because we ran out of malaria tablets ain’t quite as manly. We’re not trying to make light of a killer disease, but dying due to a lack of pills just isn’t as badass as getting eaten by a hungry, hungry hippo.

45 comments

  • curly_jefferson - February 12, 2010 12:59 p.m.

    that last picture is pure gold
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - February 12, 2010 1:04 p.m.

    The Faggio scooter is possibly the funniest thing in a GTA game ever.
  • CH3BURASHKA - February 12, 2010 1:47 p.m.

    Although the malaria death (in Far Cry 2) wasn't embarrassing, per se, it was pretty annoying.
  • onewingedantista - February 12, 2010 1:49 p.m.

    How did Nico get an Irish accent?
  • oryandymackie - February 12, 2010 3:43 p.m.

    From Russia With Love: death by being locked out of a rocket control room. If you could collect the activation keys without being killed, launch the rocket, the doors would slam shut, leaving the other player outside :D
  • sleepy92ismypsn - February 12, 2010 3:48 p.m.

    niko's accent isnt that bad what about death by penguins in crash 2
  • PlainOldGamer - February 12, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    Death by scooter. I've had that happen :(
  • jackthemenace - February 12, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    whoa, i'm pretty glad i've never died in any of these ways >:D of course, i havent got these games, and i still havent ACTUALLY died, btu still.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - February 12, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    stupid fake video
  • ChiefPeanut - February 12, 2010 7:24 p.m.

    is it just me or do you use the same blood effects in every picture?
  • kyleander - February 12, 2010 8:09 p.m.

    damn that gta scooter i play it safe now and destroy one when i see one
  • Yeager1122 - February 12, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    Luckily never dided any of this ways and the last picture is hilarious.
  • HailCaeser - February 12, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    How about killing your teamate with a carepackage? I've done that....alot
  • EnragedTortoise1 - February 12, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    Lol, fake video. I wonder how many times it has actually happened? (the care package kill) reCaptcha: fragmented cleariser WTF???
  • lovinmyps3 - February 13, 2010 12:10 a.m.

    Death by Topher Grace! HA!
  • psycowolf - February 13, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    dude ive had the faggio death and the spider death in MGS3. but you guys for get the most annoying and most pathetic death of all time....DEATH BY GOOMBA IN ANY MARIO GAME!!!!!! BTW @ xboxrulez: dude stfu no one cares about your gay fantisy with M$ and gatesbro...like seriously its akl all bout da Wii....lol PS3 ha try playing GOW3 on your eeeexbawks sh*tsixtynine
  • 435 - February 13, 2010 1:39 a.m.

    I got gacked by a Faggio at the end of the GamesRadar 24 Hour Gaming Marathon. I accidentally jumped off my own moped and someone else ran me the hell over. I spent the rest of the race chasing this person down in a Blista Compact. I got my revenge.
  • twewy13 - February 13, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    i too have mastered photosynthesis, watch out batman
  • Cwf2008 - February 13, 2010 2:12 a.m.

    @xboxrulez: Learn to fucking spell right will you? Also i think i have a more embarassing death in MW2 than death by care package: Suicide/possible kill with Stinger Missile. For the 2 or so people who never played the game, this is why its embarassing: The Stinger needs to lock onto a kill streak, thus making it nearly impossible to commit suicide with it. Yet i accomplished it by somehow locking onto a Harrier that was behind a building and shooting the building. Ya seeing suicide by Stinger: Not something you see everyday
  • redmight - February 13, 2010 2:44 a.m.

    wow big boss, a total badass dieing from a bug bite,oh well its not as bad as when he got killed by a crab in snake vs the crab that was humiliating good article

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