SPOILER ALERT! By reading this, you will probably lose the game. Oh. Oops. Sorry. I didn’t mean to do that. This is supposed to be about me and Wikipedia, not the game, but I can’t separate the two because I’m on Wikipedia because of the game. Oops, sorry again.
More than a year ago I wrote a column about playing The Game. My teenage son told me about it, and it’s kind of addictive. For those unfamiliar, here are the three rules:
No. 1: You are playing The Game.
No. 2: Whenever you think about The Game, you lose.
No. 3: Loss must be announced.
So, the object of the game is to forget it exists, but when you lose you have to say “I just lost the game,” which causes everyone around you to lose, so they all groan, which is funny. Got it?
I wrote the original column for personal gain. And because it was funny. But mostly for personal gain.
There’s a Web site at www.losethegame.com that explains the whole thing. It is run by a gentleman from the United Kingdom, Jonty Haywood. He offers a free t-shirt to anyone who can cause a large amount of people to lose the game at once. He recommends using radio, TV, newspapers, the Internet…whatever.
This was before we had started blogs, so I told our editor I wanted to write a column about the game. Then I emailed Haywood and asked him if that would qualify. He assured me it would, so I wrote the article, which also referenced Trogdor the Burninator, an Internet dragon with a catchy song. Cooler than Magical Trevor, even.
I won my free t-shirt and also a The Game Award, the 11th that had been given out. It’s still listed on the Web site. It says:
“Justine Wettschreck, the coolest Mum in America, published “Playing the Game with the other kids” for the Worthington Daily Globe, which has a circulation of around 12,000. She also mentioned Trogdor the Burninator, whom we all know and love.”
Now, the reason I brought any of this up in the first place was because of Wikipedia.
Every journalist has a little list of things that means they have “made it” or are moving on up in the world. And being used as a reference on Wikipedia on a particular subject is likely on that list.
So, my first reference as a journalist on the Wikipedia Web site is because I wrote a silly column about The Game. Does that ever make me smile!