You just lost the Game

I had never heard of the Game before starting college eight months ago. When I was home for winter break, riding in the car with some of my friends from high school, I lost the Game and announced it (as the rules clearly dictate). My friends, who never had heard of the Game either before college, all groaned in utter disgust as they lost as well. We then discussed how we were each introduced to the Game at our respective colleges, each story as different as the next.

Whether you realize it or not, you are currently involved in the largest social complex of all time: the Players of the Game. It's a simple concept: to think of the Game is to lose the game. 'That's it?' you might ask. Yes, the Game is a perfect example of being easily entertained.

The origins of the Game itself are still unknown. Some say that engineers stuck on a train platform overnight came up with the Game to pass the time. Others insist that that the Game is actually based on Ironic Processing Theory (the psychological tendency to think of something more often after you've told yourself not to) and was modeled after a similar game played in the UK in which the object is to either not think of or think of certain stops on the London Underground subway. Still others claim that the Game was created by attendees of anime or science fiction conventions at times of desperate boredom.

The Game is easy enough to play. There are only three rules according to (1) You are playing the Game, (2) whenever you think of the Game, you've lost the Game, and (3) if you lose the Game, you have to announce it so others lose as well. In other words, even if you don't know about the Game, you're playing it; you're just doing really well. The object of the Game is to not think of it, so, therefore, when it does pop into your head, you've lost. In theory, this game would not last very long, for as soon as you learn about the Game's existence, you're out. However, some players of the Game have instigated a grace period in which the Game resets, and you cannot lose twice within that certain space of time. If the grace period is seven minutes, you have seven minutes to forget about the Game. Once the time has run out, if you think of the Game, you lose again.

I personally find myself losing the Game the most when a topic or person comes up in conversation that came up when I've lost the Game previously. Whenever peaches come up in conversation (yes, the fruit), I always lose the Game because of my friend who once mentioned peaches and then lost the Game.

Whatever the context or circumstances, the Game is in an infinite cycle, continuously resetting and causing constant frustration and heartache to all those who play. No matter the time or the place, players of the Game will always groan and grumble whenever they are forced to lose. Some say the Game is a childish and pointless pastime that belongs solely in the realm of elementary school, but the Game has found a happy home in the minds of college students who are oh-so-famous for 'useless' activities and leisure. Now that you all know of the existence and rules of the Game, you will continue to play, and lose, whenever you read or set eyes on a copy of the Loyolan. Have fun!

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