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The Sentence Game is an awesome online version of the party game Eat Poop You Cat. (This is just one of many names for the game, but seems to be the favorite over at wikipedia.) The basic premise of the game is that it is started with a sentence - the next player must draw a picture interpreting the content of the sentence. The third player, only able to see the second player's picture, must write a caption detailing the picture's content. This is then captioned, and pictured, and captioned again, until eventually the game is to a close. The full chain is then revealed to all participants, usually resulting in hilarity and embarrassment due to differing perspectives and interpretations.
Though a chain of Eat Poop You Cat can theoretically be as long as the players wish it to be, The Sentence Game follows two rules:
- Games are limited to nine steps consisting of four pictures and five captions: games start AND end on a caption
- Players may only participate in a given game once
The first rule is generally to keep the games short enough so as to make sure games finish regularly. The second rule is to prevent games from getting too stale and samey since a participant may recognize a caption or picture as being a reply to their own contribution, and their contribution will be biased by their knowledge.
The site started around Feburary 2006 by Eric "Abraxas" Montellese. Since then it has been gradually upgraded and developed, adding features, though the game remains the same at heart. This wiki was launched in Feburary 2007 with the intent of tracking and archiving interesting information that is not normally stored on the site itself beyond user comments.
TSG has always had (and probably always will have) a simple layout. This is due mainly to two reasons: 1) free time that Eric has to work on the site generally is taken up with the creation of new features and troll protections. 2) Just as a sentence game is pieced together by a group of friends, so should TheSentenceGame site feel friendly and pieced together. However, usability is key -- so users are always encouraged to add their suggestions on the bugs and features pages.
The site uses paid memberships, merchandise, and paypal donations to sustain itself financially.
A meme is a recurring depiction or phrase in The Sentence Game which is repeated because it is recognizable and a bandwagon (or herding) effect occurs. Memes are self-reinforcing because as they become more recognizable a user is more likely to reference them in their contributions. Memes originate as in-jokes and may be chosen for their comical nature, or perhaps uniqueness. Some memes are known as "forced" memes, whereby a single user or small collection of users repeatedly spam a concept in an attempt to achieve meme status.
For more information see Wikipedia
The "Guide" section is a place to put any helpful advice or thoughts about the game. For example, help with various graphics programs, or advice on how to go about making a funny picture. Feel free to contribute your own guides.
The games that were the best - and why. Talk about your favorites, remember old games that have gotten buried in the archives, commiserate that you'll never be as good an artist as Svdl.
Who are these strange folks, playing The Sentence Game online? Don't they have better things to do? I bet you don't have anything better to do than to read through these profiles here on the Wiki.