The blue screen of death costume is a classic

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There's nothing that unites people like tragedy, and what could be more tragic than an untimely fatal exception error crashing your PC? Basically nothing. And that's why it's so effective to dress up as the blue screen of death and walk out on a convention floor or into a Halloween party. Everyone's reaction is the same: Oh, I know you, you bastard.

The blue screen of death costume can be as simple as printing "A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer" on a blue sheet, or you can emphasize the "of death" part of the name and go full grim reaper. That makes for a nice contrast with the modern version of the BSOD, which comes with a frowny emoticon and has been shrunk down to a few lines of text rather than an intimidating screenful.

Either way, it's a costume anyone with a Windows PC can identify with. There are plenty of options for villain costumes, whether Darth Vader or the Joker or—most evil of all—a creeper from Minecraft, but a BSOD with a scythe made of RAM is always a solid choice.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.