Hard Lads, A Game About Shirtless Dudes Hitting (And Kissing) Each Other

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Hard Lads is an adaptation of the now-famous internet video British lads hit each other with chair, in which...well, the title says it all really.

Made by Robert Yang, creator of stuff like The Tearoom and Cobra Club, it’s a short, free (though you can pay what you want) game that “casts the player as the cameraman and director. Be a proper hard lad or a surreal soft lad. The choice is yours!”


If you’ve never seen the original video, this might help set the scene:

Ok, great, now the kissing + chair-whacking will make more sense to you.

It’ll take anywhere from 5-20 minutes to play through, and you can download it here.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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Last half of high school I got into a program that had me living in a dorm five hours from home. My parents were supportive, but weren’t thrilled I was so far away, and the distance meant they couldn’t visit as frequently as they’d like.

So they were thrilled when, returning me to campus after a rare visit, they pulled up to the sight of two of my classmates, shirtless, whipping one another.