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If only life were like a video game — well, according to the ousted chief executive officer of Groupon, it is.

The local-deal company Groupon shed its chief executive officer Andrew Mason yesterday, which led to him writing a letter to say farewell to his employees. In the letter, he claims that he is accountable for the company’s current state, that he hopes the world will give it another chance, and that he thinks his time with the company is comparable to the 8-bit beat-em-up Battletoads.

“If Groupon was Battletoads,” said Mason. “It would be like I made it all the way to the Terra Tubes without dying on my first ever play through.”


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Battletoads is a 1991 arcade game that pits a group of badass toads against an interstellar force of baddies. The Terra Tubes is the tough ninth level in the classic game. You can read Mason’s full letter here.

Check out a video of the level below:

I don’t know about you, but this makes me want to call my local GameStop and ask for a couple fresh copies of Battletoads … in memory of Andrew Mason’s tenure as Groupon CEO.


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