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There are several ways to get "stuck" in video games. The terminology can be confusing and elicit different responses and approaches depending on what the situation actually is.

Definitions

Softlock

You've encountered a place in the game where you cannot progress forward. Your game is not frozen and you still have control of your character. A soft reset (or Save & Quit in ALttP's case) or hard reset are possible solutions.

Progress Frozen Control Soft Reset Hard Reset
Not this path No Yes Yes Yes

Logic error

A softlock situation where there are no possible paths to progress forward.

Progress Frozen Control Soft Reset Hard Reset
No Paths No Yes Yes Yes

Hardlock

You've encountered a place in the game where you cannot progress forward. Your game may or may not frozen and you no longer have control of your character. A hard reset is the only solution.

Progress Frozen Control Soft Reset Hard Reset
No Paths Yes/No No No Yes

Run-ender

You've encountered a place in the game where you cannot progress forward. Your game is not frozen. You may or may not have control of your character. Starting up the game places you in this same position of not being able to progress forward.

Progress Frozen Control Soft Reset Hard Reset
No Paths No Yes/No Yes/No Yes

A Link to the Past

Softlock

Going down a not-yet-available path for logical progression.

Hardlock

Infinite screen scroll after taking damage while Fake Flippering on a screen that is not your origin screen from entering the Fake Flippers state.

Run-ender

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Super Metroid

Softlock

Passing through a passage of bomb blocks without Morph Ball Bombs nor enough Power Bomb ammo to return.

Hardlock

Firing Power Beam with both Spazer & Plasma active.

Run-ender

Saving at a Save Station without enough health/ammo to reach another Save Station (with possible refill stations in between).