kill screen

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kill screen (plural kill screens)

  1. (video games) A level in a computer game that is impossible to win, usually due to programming errors.
    • 2010, Scott Rogers, Level Up!: The Guide to Great Video Game Design (page 48)
      The most famous kill screen from classic gaming is the 256th level of Pac-Man. At this point, due to a bug half the screen becomes garbled data, which keeps the player from collecting all of the dots and clearing the board to move on.