Annoy Yourself With This Untitled Goose Game Virtual Desktop Assistant

Hey Clippy, meet your replacement--Desktop Goose.


Remember Clippy, Microsoft's virtual Office assistant that gave "helpful" hints and tips while you toiled away on projects? Well, with the popularity of House House's Untitled Goose Game, it was only a matter of time until the goose was let loose on your desktop--and now, the goose is loose.

Developer Sam Chiet created a free Windows PC desktop app that lets House House's notorious goose be used as your virtual assistant to trample all across the screen, tracking mud, leaving unsolicited memes and notes, and even stealing the mouse. In the middle of cleaning your desktop? Desktop Goose doesn't care. Trying to get some work done? Desktop Goose isn't worried about your deadline. Playing a tense video game? Desktop Goose just wants to help ruin your perfectly lined-up shot.

Desktop Goose can be customized to leave whatever GIFs and images you want to see onscreen. You can also adjust the goose's aggression to make it more annoying, as well as prompt it to play MP3s. Leave the goose unattended for a while and you'll even come back to a hilariously unwelcome surprise. All the shenanigans can be canceled by holding the escape key, but why would you do that?

Chiet told The Verge that Desktop Goose served two distinct purposes: 1) To "get in the way of your work" and 2) To recall virtual assistants of the '90s and '00s. "If you look back, that's pretty bad design by a lot of (okay, literally all) standards today," Chiet said. "But I think they also had so much more personality. And even though what we have today is certainly very clean, usable software, I can't help but feel like something was lost in that sanitization."

House House's quirky Untitled Goose Game has proved to be quite the success for the independent studio, with the puzzler selling more than one million copies to date. The meme-able game could become a real Lego set, and the studio confirmed that a portion of all future earnings will go to benefit Australian indigenous groups.

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