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Skip a trip to jail and punch this virtual Monet painting instead

Art can make us feel many things, from sadness or joy to unmistakable, unquestioning, gotta-punch-a-painting rage. While we don't condone that kind of action in the real world, there's a new game that can let you explore your art hating side guilt-free.

Punch a Monet is the work of Tom Galle, Eiji Muroichi and Dries Depoorter. It was inspired by, yup, you guessed it — a guy who actually punched a painting by Claude Monet. In 2012, Andrew Shannon knocked a hole through "Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat." Although he claimed it was part of a fainting spell, Shannon was convicted earlier this month and received jail time for the damage.

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In Punch a Monet, the experience is much simpler. There are no guards, no shocked onlookers. It's just the painting and your fist of rage, shooting out again and again to ruthlessly rack up millions in damages on a priceless work.

Monet's painting is punchable through your browser, though its creators recommend Chrome. If you're still in the mood for a virtual trip to an art exhibit, you can always visit the James Turrell Retrospective with Bubsy.

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