696: Strip Games
Title text: HOW ABOUT A NICE GAME OF STRIP GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR?
The frequency of strip versions of various games is measured by means of Google search results. Strip versions of popular games are a common activity at parties, especially when alcohol is involved. The obligation to remove pieces of clothing is supposed to add an extra zest to the game. A very widespread variant is Strip Poker, followed by strip versions of regular party games like Truth or Dare or Spin the Bottle.
The last column features games of which strip versions are (according to Google) nonexistent. While the other columns named sports or board games where a strip variant would be at least conceivable, the last one includes the zero-player Game of Life and the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma, which is a theoretical example in game theory. It is therefore left to the reader to imagine how a strip version of these pseudo-games would appear.
Poohsticks is a children's sport mentioned in the Winnie-the-Pooh books played by dropping sticks into a river and watching them reappear on the other side of a bridge. Despite the kid-friendly origins, and unlike the other games below it, a "strip" version of Poohsticks is actually viable.
Podracing appears in the Star Wars films as a racing competition held with hovering vehicles. How a "strip" version would work between two racers is unclear, but a determined set of spectators "wagering" their clothes on the races could probably hammer out a system.
Chess by mail is obviously pointless in a strip version as the players only send their moves by letter and never get to see each other.
"Global Thermonuclear War" in the title text is a reference to the film "WarGames", where a young hacker accesses a US military supercomputer and starts a nuclear war simulation, believing it to be only a computer game. The film ends with showing the computer that nuclear war is "a strange game" in which "the only winning move is not to play", and proposes "a nice game of chess".
- Frequency of Strip Versions of Various Games
- n = google hits for "strip <game name>" / google hits for "<game name>"
- (at the time of this writing)
- (n > 1%)
- -Spin the Bottle
- -Beer Pong
- -Never Have I Ever
- -Truth or Dare
- (1% >= n > 0.01%)
- -Settlers of Catan
- Extremely Rare
- (0.01% >= n > 0)
- -Magic: the Gathering
- (n = 0)
- -Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma
- -Chess by Mail
- -Conway's Game of Life