You just lost ‘The Game’
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By Sam Fleury ’10
Those who play “The Game” may be cursing under their breath. But aside from making you lose, this is meant to educate those who don’t know how to play.
The Game is a paradoxical attempt to pass time that has a few simple rules:
Now that you know about The Game you are playing it. From now on whenever you think of The Game you lose The Game. When you lose The Game you must announce that you have lost. Finally, the goal of The Game is to have the whole world playing at the same time.
The conundrum found here is that the only way to effectively play The Game is not to think of it. The risk of losing is ever present when in the company of other players.
The Game can provide amusement in a variety of ways. Associating the game to odd and irrelevant topics is good for a laugh or two. Then causing other players to lose can spice up an otherwise boring situation.
The popularity of The Game took off when Web sites devoted to its explanation appeared in 2002. Despite its rapid spread through the Internet, there is speculation that The Game had been played long before such technology was available.
Theories credit the creation to a range of people; people bored on a train platform, online communities and Cambridge University Science Fiction Society are all candidates.
The most plausible of theories is the Cambridge theory. This suggests that a few friends were out for a drink and were discussing the laws of traditional games. Discussion turned to breaking the rules and creating a new breed of game.
Thus The Game was born. If the Cambridge theory is correct, The Game could be more than 30 years old.
To find variations, clarification and stories, visit ilostthegame.org or losethegame.com
Now that it has been explained good luck playing, and inevitably, losing The Game.