We sort of get what the artist was going for -- they're trying to say the game is so compelling that you'll play it until it feels like your eyeballs are being painfully stabbed open, and you will scream in existential agony, but nobody will hear you, locked within your spherical prison of addiction.
We just don't get why that's a selling point.
Finally, here's the cover of I'm in Shock, the s**tty '80s ripoff game titled by the staff of BuzzFeed:
"This is my shocked face."
Man, isn't that the worst? Just as soon as you pop a squat to try to suffer out that Space Chipotle into the Space Toilet -- that's always when the meteor shower hits. Then you have to shuffle to the Space Controls, Space Pants around your Space Ankles.
I'm in Shock looks like a primitive version of Space Invaders, despite being several years older. So take what you know of the game mechanics of Space Invaders, and try to figure out the context for this cover.
Arctic Software via Internet Archive
Ummm ... "What if Space Invaders ran out of money 2/3 of the way through?"
Did you get it?
Yep, that panicked face is one of the (very human) pilots in the ships you're shooting down.
It was you.
You were the villain all along.
Washing handsDownloadImage Source/Photodisc/Getty Images
"Come out, damned spot!"
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