A downloadable masculinity simulator for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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Hard Lads is a short game about shirtless hunks who smoke, drink, kiss, and hurt each other.

by Robert Yang (debacle.us, @radiatoryang)

In 2015, the video  "British lads hit each other with a chair" went viral across the internet. Hard Lads casts the player as the cameraman and director. Be a proper hard lad or a surreal soft lad. The choice is yours!

>> For more info, read my artist statement "Hard Lads as an important failure."

  • PRICE: Free ($0) / pay what you want ($5 / £5 suggested donation). 50% of proceeds from June and July 2020 will be donated to the Black Lives Matter UK Fund to support a coalition of Black activists and organisers across the UK.
  • LANGUAGES SUPPORTED: English, Français, 日本語, Русский, 简体中文, 繁體字, Deutsch, Español, العَرَبِيةُ, Čeština, Italiano, 한국어, Português, Polski
  • PLATFORMS: Windows 7+ 64-bit, MacOS 64-bit, Linux 64-bit (Ubuntu 12.04+)
  • SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: 64-bit CPU with 4+ GB RAM with DX9+ / SM3.0+ graphics... if your system was made in the last 4 years, it's probably OK
  • CONTROLS: Mouse or trackpad, most gamepads supported, basic keyboard support
  • PLAYERS: 1
  • AVERAGE DURATION: 5-20 minutes.
  • LADS: 4
  • MUSIC: "Str8 Acting", "im so bored", "Sexy From Behind" by Lynks Afrikka (Spotify). Menu music by Ella Guro. Ending sing-along by Puma Hardchorus, artistically appropriated under fair use.
  • PRESS: Art in America, Kotaku, Rock Paper Shotgun
  • MORE MASCULINITY GAMES BY ROBERT YANG: Cobra Club HD, Rinse and Repeat, Radiator 2, The Tearoom

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IS THIS "SAFE FOR WORK"? Much like the viral video, this game features mens' nipples, smoking and drinking, and consensual cartoon violence. It would be considered PG-13 by most people.


IS THE GAME CRASHING OR RUNNING SLOWLY? See tech support / troubleshooting here. To avoid problems, especially on macOS, please use the free open-source official "itch" app for automatic install and patching.


SPECIAL THANKS to Eddie Cameron (macOS notarization hell, playtesting) and Rami Ismail (Arabic localization consultant)

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Click download now to get access to the following files:

hardlads_v1_windows.zip 67 MB
hardlads_v1_macos.dmg 68 MB
hardlads_v1_linux.zip 88 MB

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