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Insult-em-up 'Oh...Sir!' arrives on PC, Mac and mobile

Imagine 'Street Fighter', but with smack talk instead of hadoukens.
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Few games are as difficult to categorise as Oh...Sir! Part beat-em-up, part smack talk generator, this weird indie title has you insulting your opponents into submission. Each match offers a central column with useful words and phrases -- clothes, smells, relatives and more -- which players take turns to pick from. String together a half-sensical slight and you'll damage your opponent, whittling down their health and resetting the word repository. Each character has a weakness too -- a trait or topic that they take particular offence to -- which you can utilize for critical hits.

The game is now available on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android for $1.99. I played an early build with my colleague Aaron Souppouris at Gamescom (see video below). It's hilariously addictive, especially once you start eyeing your opponent's argument-in-process. Instead of perfecting your own insult, it's often better to "block" your rival by selecting the words they most badly need. If you're a Twitch streamer, there's also a mode that allows spectators to vote on their favorite put-downs and increase their damage. Sometimes, it would seem, the slur is mightier than the sword.

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