A couple of months ago you may have noticed an indie game doing the rounds called 'Lose/Lose'. In said game, players took part in a space invaders clone with a twist - each alien represented a file on their computer, and destroying a baddie would actually delete the file.

The idea that Zach Gage was exploring was the player's assumption that they are MEANT to destroy things. The game never technically asks you to shoot at anything, and Zach asks 'Is the player supposed to be an aggressor? Or merely an observer, traversing through a dangerous land?'

Whatever the case, the Anti-Virus 'Security Experts' definitely didn't see what Zach was supposedly getting at, and yesterday Symantec Software sent out a 'Security Response' video (above) warning Mac users of 'a new threat cleverly disguised as a classic video game'. In a Symantec blog post, Ben Nahorney states:

"There's nothing stopping someone with more malicious intentions from modifying it slightly and then passing it on to unsuspecting users, causing significant damage to a computer. As a result, we're detecting this threat as OSX.Loosemaque."

It's either good or bad timing (depending on how you look at it!) for Zach, as he just recently entered the game into the IGF contest. So what do we think of this 'security threat'? Can what is meant to be an artistic game be considered a virus? Zach clearly states both on his site and in the game that files WILL be deleted if you play the game, but at the same time you can definitely see it from Symantec's point of view.