Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Game Company Who's Games Make Life Seem Like Candyland!

Board games. I'm not much into them but there seems to be some pretty good titled ones out there and most of them seem to come from a company called University Games. I don't know what how these guys come up with the titles of some of their games but I'll put $10 on it that it involves alcohol. Today I came accross a game called Fact or Crap. It is a pretty straight forward game. Questions are asked in turn, and the player has to state whether the statement on the card drawn and read to the rest of the players is true or false, fact or crap. It's a riot! Now only if they can port this to those people who hand around the water cooler in the morning!

This game serves the educational function of alerting us all to the ways in which modern culture and it's expressions in the media have thinned the line between fact and fiction. Basically it's kind of like blogging, you can't believe everything you read. The world is full of both truths and untruths. Knowing the one from the other is not always possible as much, if not all, of human experience is subjective. There are, however, in that great mish-mash of equally valid but varying opinions, some things that are, generally true - and others that are generally not. In this world where black and white are not often found, there remain things that are safely regarded as Facts and others that are most certainly deserving of being placed into the junk pile of Crap. If this game teaches us not to believe everything then maybe they've got something there.

Now there is always somebody you know who is a Smart Ass. Well, after a little more partying, the people at University Games came up withanother game that hits on this fact of life. I mean, come on, have you ever played a game and been bursting to yell out the answer even when it's not your turn? Well here's your chance! Each Who, What and Where am I? card has ten clues, and the first player to yell out the correct answer moves one step closer to being the ultimate "Smart Ass." Move forward by correctly identifying people, places and things before any of the other players. This fast-paced party game requires no specific knowledge base so even if you're a "dumb ass" you can win! Now that's funny.

And finally, the people at University Games have got this game that is designed to bring men and women together, showing that no matter how gender-neutral we try to be, our brains click in on different subjects. Women are asked questions that most men can answer, and the men are asked questions that most women can answer. But there may be a few surprises! The board is designed to be a tug-of-war contest. Pull the rope with each right answer. It's a Face-Off to see who is the smarter sex... test your knowledge of your "better half." But the bottom line for all of us guys, when talking fashion or Brad Pitt's love life, the chicks clearly know more. This is one game that could make or break most relationships. Kind of like dating in a box!

Now if only they could invent a game to figure out if the guy braggin' about his exploits at the coffee machine is really gettin' it or if he's just out on the web lookin' at porn sites. Maybe they could call it "Truth or Friction!"