I say that a lot. I say that while explaining to people why I love teaching 201 classes. I say it when I talk about Harolds. I say it when I note teams.
But I always feel weird saying it. Even as a lover and player of game, when I hear someone talk about game-focused scenes or harolds, I picture improv that’s super heady or really structured or maybe slick and empty.
When I picture the word “game” in an improv context, the visual I get doesn’t remind me of tag or musical chairs or kickball or twister. The visual I get is chess. Or, like, Risk. (Which are fun! But also hard.)
I don’t think I’m the only one, cause I think that’s why we say things like “just have fun, don’t worry about the game” or “play from the gut, don’t think about game.” Like on some level we’ll all shamefully admit that game isn’t always fun and can be hard.
Why would I love that? Why would I have such a cold lover?
Why would I be so bummed when teams depart from the first game they were playing? As long as it’s fun, who cares crankypants?
I’d try to add to it, but I can’t.
How did everybody but Teague miss this. We be slackin on these internetz.
Digital illustration by Matt Mayer
Last one of the first bunch. More to come in a more post-at-a-time fashion in the future. Thanks for all the love on these everybody.