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

Illustration for article titled iHard Lads/i, A Game About Shirtless Dudes Hitting (And Kissing) Each Other

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.

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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!”

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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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DISCUSSION

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.