softlock

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

soft +‎ lock

Noun[edit]

softlock (plural softlocks)

  1. (video games) A situation where a game remains apparently playable, but further progress or action, especially those that would undo said state are impossible, typically due to a design flaw or glitch.

Verb[edit]

softlock (third-person singular simple present softlocks, present participle softlocking, simple past and past participle softlocked)

  1. (video games, transitive or intransitive) To be in or cause a softlock; to remain playable but unable to progress.