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Don't worry, it's okay. If you hadn't won The Game already, then you wouldn't be here, would you?
If per chance you haven't actually won the game, then boo-fucking-hoo, you just lost. Read this article anyway.
Origins of The Game
Some claim the invention of the Game goes as far back as 3rd Century B.C China. But that's actually total bollocks. The Game was invented by two British sound engineers, Dennis Begley and Gavin McDowall, in 1996. They were stuck on a platform in London, waiting for a train that was quoted to be hours late. The first one to think about the grim situation they were in, lost, and had to tell the other - thus making him lose as well. However, fellow Londoner Jaime Miller claims to have invented The Game in its modern form that very same year.
Internet reference to The Game in its modern form arrived around 2002 spurring a long proliferation in e-mails. In 2005, Jonty Haywood created the website losethegame.com, which serves as a distraction from The Game.
How to Play The Game
You cannot 'not' play The Game. You were born to play, you always will play, and you will die playing. Everyone in the world is playing, and you do not need consent to play. Even from your parents/guardian.
The rules, originated in the early 2000's, have remained mostly unchanged:
- Everyone is playing.
- Whenever you think about The Game, you lose.
- Losses must be announced to another person.
- A grace period of 30 minutes is given before another loss can be conceded.
The most obvious pointer is that most of you reading this feel kinda bad. Not surprising, considering you just lost spectacularly.
The Game relies on a nasty piece of social engineering called "ironic processing", whereby attempts to suppress certain thoughts actually make them more persistent. That there is the reason why some people end up becoming total arseholes over the game. For these people, the concept of thinking about forgetting something is too much for their supreme lack of brains to handle.
These people employ a similar inane way of thinking applied to many other games, whereby they will actively try to make others around them lose The Game, on the principle that as long as everyone else is losing, they are actually ahead of the competition. This is an insane view on games in general, and anyone who does that needs a firm stab to the jugular to make them stop.
For many, the very idea of The Game infuriates them, due to their argument that games are meant to pose a challenge that's fun to play. At which point, I immediately snap back with "Cricket".
Finally, there's the crushing piece of information that I have in fact won The Game. I can't begin to describe the psychosocial impact that must have on you poor people. (Translation: I am a nasty cheater and break the rules of The Game, and need to be treated the same way as those whose goal is only to make others lose The Game.)
How to Win The Game
If you lose the game on opposite day (June 23rd) then you win The Game. You have permission to roll your eyes when other people lose the game in your holy presence.