Idiosyncratic Game Over
A Game Over screen that doesn't read
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Everyone is familiar with the traditional "Game Over" screen that appears when you lose the game. Some games, however, like to mix things up and use a different phrase from "Game Over" in these losing screens.

In function, an Idiosyncratic Game Over serves the exact same function as a standard Game Over screen: they let you know, upon losing all of your Hit Points or Video Game Lives, failing an Escort Mission, and so on, that you have lost the game. The main difference is that these screens say something, anything, aside from "Game Over". This may allow for a greater degree of immersion into the game, as an Idiosyncratic Game Over's phrase is more in line with a game's particular setting than just "Game Over". It's not the same as It's a Wonderful Failure or Have a Nice Death: an Idiosyncratic Game Over is short and to-the-point, whereas the former trope is more in line with a Bad Ending and the latter elaborates more on your failure (although there is some room for overlap with these tropes). Compare with Non-Standard Game Over.

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