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A game of tag that’s been going for 20+ years (kottke.org)
140 points by gscott 67 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 36 comments



Kinda reminds of the game of "football" played in 17776: https://www.sbnation.com/a/17776-football


That page loads and the text all grows until it fills the whole screen and freezes the tab. Whats that about?


It shouldn't be freezing the tab: the words expand until the screen is black and then some interactive media comes up.


i think that i found that more entertaining than however entertaining i wouldve found the football game


Keep scrolling.


Thank you so much for this. I thought "I don't care about football, but I can skim through it." A few hours later I'd finished it and it was definitely an unexpected positive experience.


This was very entertaining. I had to stop after a while but had to bookmark it to check out in the future


That was really interesting


Now we are grown men, we don’t run like Usain Bolt, so subterfuge and collusion have become our weapons. Eleven months of the year are spent planning. Collaborating with a friend is where the fun is — we can spend hours discussing approaches.

I love that, and unrelated to tag it brings to mind my experience or multiplayer games. When I was a a late teen I was terrifyingly good at shooters, my reflexes were very quick and I got into a some that was hard to beat. As I got older that reflexive edge, while not gone, isn’t a match for today’s teens. What I have however is a kind sense of game flow, likely patterns of behavior, and how maps work. I’ve become old and sneakh and mean in other words. Where I sort of brute-forced wins before, now I finesse them.

Getting older isn’t all fun, but the ability to be conniving with more experience is a real pleasure. Strategy takes the place of force, and it can often be more effective.


As the saying goes, "old age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill." (I tried to find a citation, but the googles were less than helpful.)


duckduckgo the way to flow? https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/david_mamet_478663

David Mamet's your person.


Experience beats skills any time.

I've somewhat had this feeling in some ArmA games (casual modes though) where I would watch some newer players jump around like they're playing Call of Duty through my sniper rifle or over an LMG. It's quite fun to watch and I usually put them out of their misery once it gets boring.

On the other hand, when breaching a room the same players will murder entire squads without loosing a shred of health (atleast until a nearby player obtains a tank with HE rounds)


https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/apr/20/played-... is an article by one of the actual players detailing some of the workings of the game.


That is literally the same article posted by OP (though the end here has a couple extra paragraphs).


This should be the submission as it is the actual source


Reminds me of the “football” games in 17776 https://www.sbnation.com/a/17776-football


Is it just me, or does the font-size of the main body of the article enlarge automatically, quickly, and slightly terrifyingly, until the screen is some very long story on a black background seemingly completely unrelated to football? I may be missing the point.

Edit: OK, I scrolled far, and further. Oh wow.


Yeah, I thought he mistyped something and was trying to put 1776.

Sidenote: This website design is pretty good at conveying uneasiness.

Edit: Alright, this is a great story.


Oh, and here I go all over again with 17776. I remember the journey from eagerly anticipating new updates to saving them up so I didn't reach the end too quickly.


Wow, that's one of the strangest and most wonderful things I've seen in a while.


The WSJ article about this was discussed in 2013: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5165809.

olalonde gets a point for predicting the movie.


In that same thread, this was mentioned: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5173655

What was that game?


Here I am 26 hours later and I've JUST finished that.

If anyone likes sci-fi they will enjoy this - don't let the football bit put you off if you aren't into sports.

THIS is what the web is for. Unique stuff designed for and in the medium. Fantastic.


That article can be read here: http://archive.is/Kb2zY. Archived two years ago.


Similar scenario that me and my family had with some of our friends and their children. The parents of my friends had bought an annoying toy for the children of my friends - a duck that sang an annoying tune. At a New Year’s Eve party at their house our friend gave the duck to one of our children. I promptly hid it behind the TV. A few months later they found it. As they are friends we only see once or twice a year, there followed a few years of hiding it with each other when we got together for holidays etc. For example I hid it in their car one camping trip, they left it on our doorstep after they had visited one time.


This reminds me of the short story "The Monkey" by S. King. They had less fun in that story though.


Unfortunately, it looks like they really Hollywooded the shit out of the story.


Good cast though. Perhaps it's just the trailer that's cut to make it look like formulaic crap.


Can you really expect more than a formulaic move with a premise like this.


I just lost the game


Ha, I was telling my wife about this article and read her this comment, knowing that she would get it. Right on cue, she replied, “ugh, me too.”


God damn you. I’ve been winning for years and now not even HN is safe.


It's been about a year, but I just lost the game.


Not a game of "tag", but I told a stupid joke to a friend on a family vacation and variations of it have been going back and forth between us regularly for 49 years now.

It's actually in poor taste these days, so I won't post it, but we were 14 years old and thought it funny as can be!


I saw the trailer for the movie before A Quiet Place. It looks well produced but still garbage.


I just despise the genre of white collar/white people culture quirkiness. So bland and confusing.

Quiet Place was okay but basically a dinosaur movie in a big field.




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