Das Game
March 30, 2011 11:35 AM   Subscribe


 
The game: I just lost it.
posted by infinitywaltz at 11:35 AM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


goddammit
posted by mwhybark at 11:38 AM on March 30, 2011 [8 favorites]


Sorry.
posted by infinitywaltz at 11:39 AM on March 30, 2011


:(

I'd been "playing" for a while this last go, too.
posted by defenestration at 11:44 AM on March 30, 2011


Lost so quickly. I found a facebook group the other day called 'Not Losing The Game'. That's an impossible proposition there. A facebook group that invalidates its own existential purpose.
posted by joecacti at 11:44 AM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


The game...is not the game.
posted by hal_c_on at 11:46 AM on March 30, 2011


For those scratching their heads: you just lost The Game.
posted by defenestration at 11:47 AM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Space Teriyaki
posted by Burhanistan at 11:49 AM on March 30, 2011


The game is a memetic virus, and explaining it to the uninitiated is a hostile act. But where does that place making vague comments / posts about it that encourage people to google it? Passive aggressive chemical warfare?
posted by darkfred at 11:49 AM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is this something I'd have to be either Dr. Octagon or MF Doom to understand?
posted by knile at 11:52 AM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm not losing the game because I thought it was the stupidest thing ever and quit playing.
posted by hellojed at 11:54 AM on March 30, 2011


I'm not losing the game because I won.
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:55 AM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think it's pretty interesting as a concept, and even more interesting as an honest-to-goodness, unforced meme with an unknown (or disputed) creator.
posted by defenestration at 11:56 AM on March 30, 2011


(As opposed to forced memes of 4chan or torch-grabber reddit.)
posted by defenestration at 11:57 AM on March 30, 2011


Is this one of those posts where the point is not to comment on the post itself? Because I'm happy to lose that game.

This video is cool. Besides the artist's stated incorporation of Mad Max, Zardoz, and 70s pinball machine art, I immediately saw the bikers from A-Ha's Take On Me video and the lightcycle vs. recognizer sequence from Tron.

In other words, this is a geekgasm. Thanks for the link.
posted by yiftach at 12:00 PM on March 30, 2011


The only winning move is not to play.

(Either that or play the Antigame: You lose if you ever stop thinking about the Game. Which, ok, is just as hard, but whatever.)
posted by kmz at 12:00 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


The art and video reminds me of superjail. (Without all of the demented gory death.)
posted by zephyr_words at 12:01 PM on March 30, 2011


I'm not losing the game because I thought it was the stupidest thing ever and quit playing.

I'm not losing the game because I won.


It's so cute when people think you can quit playing.

You're in for life.
posted by Gin and Comics at 12:01 PM on March 30, 2011


Also, the threadshift was inevitable. The video/artwork was pretty cool, but the meme is too damn strong.
posted by defenestration at 12:04 PM on March 30, 2011


I didn't lose. There was a /b/ thread which promised an escape from the game for anyone who got dubs, and I got them fair and square.
posted by mullingitover at 12:08 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


>>goddammit
>Sorry.

The only rational way to play The Game (if such a way exists) is to observe the rule that you can never lose by merely overhearing someone confess to having lost the game. Declaring "I just lost The Game" immediately begins a 10-minute immunity window for everyone within earshot, so they can begin forgetting about The Game and resume playing.
posted by Ian A.T. at 12:09 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Game aside, the art is great (and a nice blog too, hadn't heard of it) and the video is weird and cool, except of course for when the 3D stuff noses in.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 12:09 PM on March 30, 2011


Maybe it's obvious and I just missed it, but I didn't see a link to the video, which I had never seen. Here it is.
posted by Squid Voltaire at 12:12 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


The only rational way to play The Game (if such a way exists) is to observe the rule that you can never lose by merely overhearing someone confess to having lost the game. Declaring "I just lost The Game" immediately begins a 10-minute immunity window for everyone within earshot, so they can begin forgetting about The Game and resume playing.

Damn, you're civilized! Are you a Victorian Englishman or something? In my world, the Game follows no polite rules. IT'S THUNDERDOME, BABY! And we all just lost.

(I think there should be a hardcore version of The Game. If you lose, you have to kill yourself.)
posted by grumblebee at 12:12 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ian, doesn't that defeat the purpose? Announcing that you lost—something you have to do, to at least one other person—is supposed to set off a chain-reaction of losses, I thought.
posted by defenestration at 12:12 PM on March 30, 2011


Chuck Norris cannot win or lose the Game - he IS the Game.
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:13 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Awesome video. Song is kinda meh. The ribbon-world style reminds me of Lars Künstler's video for Nena & Westbam: Old School. That was Nena's big comeback circa 2001 and a pretty hot techno-pop tune.
posted by mr.ersatz at 12:16 PM on March 30, 2011


I just lost my mind.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:16 PM on March 30, 2011


I am not affected by people referring to the game, or by it coming up in my mind. I'm not losing or winning. I am cheating.
posted by darksasami at 12:26 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


More Will Sweeny: Birdy Nam Nam - The Parachute Ending
posted by d1rge at 12:32 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


what is this word, "game?"
posted by rhizome at 12:49 PM on March 30, 2011


"Besides the artist's stated incorporation of Mad Max, Zardoz, and 70s pinball machine art, I immediately saw the bikers from A-Ha's Take On Me video and the lightcycle vs. recognizer sequence from Tron."

And definitely the film Heavy Metal. And the monsters at 1:21 -- are they from Scooby Doo? I know I've seen them before. The brain reminded me of Life Force on the NES :)
posted by puny human at 12:54 PM on March 30, 2011


The Game is something you have to struggle with if you haven't reconciled between Being and Becoming like Plato did 2500 years ago.
posted by P.o.B. at 1:50 PM on March 30, 2011


When I clicked on the link, I thought "Ha! This isn't The Game - I haven't lost.", which was followed by the realization that I had. The admissions of loss in the comments only make it worse.
posted by learning_machines at 1:59 PM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, on a not threadjacked level, I loved this post, some excellent illustrations. I followed one link through to http://thisisawhat.wordpress.com/ which had even more illustration goodness.
posted by darkfred at 2:06 PM on March 30, 2011


I didn't lose. There was a /b/ thread which promised an escape from the game for anyone who got dubs, and I got them fair and square.

The only hard part is where you have to define reading /b/ as winning.
posted by sebastienbailard at 2:09 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


The vocalist on that video sounds like the guy off the Weebl stuff. I kept on expecting him to break into Kenya or Look At My Horse.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:49 PM on March 30, 2011


OMG it's like the secret love child of the Pinball Number Count and Muse, kept in a cave and fed nothing but old 2000 AD comics and Roger Dean art!!
posted by luvcraft at 2:54 PM on March 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


Just by the by, 50 Watts is the new home of A Journey Round My Skull, by mefi's own® ajourneyroundmyskull.
posted by peacay at 4:25 PM on March 30, 2011


darkfred: "Also, on a not threadjacked level, I loved this post, some excellent illustrations. I followed one link through to http://thisisawhat.wordpress.com/ which had even more illustration goodness"

yeah, I was just dropping in to apologize and note that the actual post content is purdy. PP hoo-man done musta knowed what he was up to, so no harm no foul.
posted by mwhybark at 4:28 PM on March 30, 2011


Then there is the Charlie Sheen Game. You lose if you ever use the word "winning".
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:28 PM on March 30, 2011


Guess what?
posted by Splunge at 6:17 PM on March 30, 2011


The Game only has power over you if you believe in it. Become an agameist.
posted by ymgve at 6:26 PM on March 30, 2011


HELLOOOOO wallpaper. such cool art
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:49 PM on March 30, 2011


If anyone is actually taking this game seriously, I have a real estate proposition you might be interested in. I can let you have it pretty cheap.
posted by walrus at 2:31 AM on March 31, 2011


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