Games can bring people closer together or nearly end friendships, depending on how competitive your friends and family are.
Video games have been a big part of a lot of people's lives over the past couple of years too—helping to bring friends and family together when we're apart, or serving as a bit of escapism from everyday life.
Redditor AsterSkotos24 asked:
"What's a game that's worth every penny?"
"If you have 5 friends that love board games 'Coup' is a very fun deception game!"
"My fiancé and I really like that game. Sometimes he won't even look at his cards until someone calls him on his bluff. So he'll say he's a Duke but really has no idea."
"Cities Skylines. After understanding and solving traffic and other problems, I'm a wiser man. And I'm not kidding. My world view has changed. I know more."
"I never could get into it, my cities would always fail, but I was playing it the other night and for the first time ever I was doing well. I was so pleased, I had a bit of commercial, and I was building lots of industry for jobs, power was a bit sketchy but it was working."
"I was fixing roads, was pretty happy with a junction I made, and then suddenly everyone started leaving and I had no population. Turned out while making the road I accidentally deleted a pylon and cut power to the whole town."
"I had played for like 2 hours without saving at any point, I decided that it was time to just go to bed at that point."
"Love that game. But man, do I suck at using the ropes."
"I play Worms Armageddon every weekend with friends around the country(UK). The servers are still really active too, not bad for 20 year old game 😀"
"Factorio. Bought the game for 20 bucks like 10 years ago off their website and it's gotten constant updates to this day."
"It's also one of the deepest games that has come out in recent times. It has actually ruined other strategy/simulation games for me because they now seem easy and shallow after playing Factorio for hundreds of hours. Definitely worth every penny."
"I'm an engineer, but I just don't have the depth to optimize to the level that other people do in this game"
Plants vs. Zombies
"Plants vs Zombies the original."
"Remember when the OG version had a thriller zombie? Then Michael Jackson died and his family asked it be removed. Now there's a disco zombie instead."
"I bought that for $30 when it was new, grabbed a physical copy from my local supermarket."
"It is now $1 digital for the exact same content, and legally free if you know where to look. Yet, I still have the same feeling of 'lucky me' that I only had to pay $30. Because that game? That game is worth thousands to me."
"F*ck EA for dragging it through the mud like they did."
Left 4 Dead 2
"Left 4 dead. Or better L4D2. Sometimes 2.99 and has so many community maps. Like hundreds, so you can play so much content for basically free."
"You can work together or you can run off and shut doors in people's faces."
"It truly is a gem."
"I remember walking into a GameStop for the first time when left 4 dead came out. I wanted a PC copy and they explained to me what steam was, they created an account with me behind the counter, taught me how to use it and sold me a gift card."
The Orange Box
"The Orange Box. Came with Half Life 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. All solid games and all for what was a relatively low price."
"Basically 3 in 1 price. I'm pretty sure it was the first thing 90% of steam users bought 15 years ago."
"I love this game, but I'm so f*cking upset that we waited years for a switch version and then they come out and say that sr2 is only on pc and Xbox."
"My favorite part about this game is that it got 'recommended' to me in a game of league of legends. I got absolutely dumpstered and the mid laner jokingly said maybe I'd be happier playing Slime Rancher. Like as an insult. Joke's on him, great game."
"Someone finally mentions it!! I've been telling my friends and family to check it out for years and no one has ever heard of it or they aren't willing to give it a try."
"I bought Hollow Knight twice, once on Switch and once on PC. I still feel like I’ve underpaid Team Cherry"
"Hollow Knight is my favorite game. It reignited a love for video games I thought I'd lost. The music and art are out of this world beautiful."
"I think my first file had 120 hours on it and I wasn't not at the 112% competition (because of dlc they added - for free btw). Second playthrough when I bought the game again on a different console I got to about 103% and 80 hours in. (I'm pretty darn slow at it)."
"'This biome contains 7 of the 9 prerequisites for causing terror in humans'"
"The biggest scare I had in this game was when I didn't realize I was in the abyss, I was in the sand area behind the Aurora, music was peaceful, I even seen a sandshark near, I look to my right and big ass ghost leviathan coming straight for me like a train, there was so much terror that went through me in those 10 seconds. 10/10 would recommend."
"Played this the first time in VR. Pretty traumatising. Would recommend"
Whether your tastes trend more toward games played together around a coffee table, solo adventures in far-flung virtual lands, or competitive multiplayer online battles, there are some games that are going to be worth every penny you spend on therm—and more.
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Who has ever had a game night that went off the rails and got a bit too intense? Everyone? Tabletop gaming is an excellent way to bond and get some quality time with friends and family without screen-time however, it can also be a segue to conflict.
Some games like Cards Against Humanity are designed to have an insulting type of humor. Sometimes though this writer has seen it go too far as people will target others in the group and call it “good fun"—not cool, dude. There's always that type of risk playing games to win
Redditor jok7er wanted to hear what others felt were the most confrontational table games. They asked:
“What is the best game to ruin a friendship (other than Monopoly)?"
That game gets TOXIC…
“League of Legends. Destroyed my gaming community in like 2 weeks of maining the game. It truly brings out the worst in people.” Yodootz
How could you not know what that is!?
“Pictionary. The relationship tester in my family. Gotta see if a couple is on the same wavelength. And who has the patience to deal with each other when they think the other is dumb because HOW COULD YOU NOT KNOW THAT I DREW A GLOBE AND THEN A BOOT TO GET YOU THINKING ITALY SO THAT WHEN I DREW A CAR YOU KNEW IT WAS A FERRARI AND HOW COULD YOU BE SO STUPID WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU I KNEW THIS WASNT GOING TO EVER WORKOUT" PucksAndPopPunk
MtG can go foreverrrr…
“Everyone saying UNO but I've never seen actual friendships lost over UNO. Magic the Gathering, on the other hand..." thiosk
“You think you know someone, then they bring out a blue/white deck and ask when you planned on leaving." obscureferencesGIF by Magic: The GatheringGiphy
“The 80s and 90s were magic."
“In the late 80s early 90s my cousin and I would play each other in RBI baseball for NES. The rules were 'Strikes Only' that means the pitcher could only throw over the plate. We would constantly push the boundaries of the zone. This resulted in many verbal disagreements, physical altercations and fights with the waterguns. The 80s and 90s were magic." Ecstatictobehere
“THIS. We've gone to bed angry and woken up angry. I love this game. It's so gratifying to throw a curse at someone talking trash.” CakeIcecream
“We agreed that you would support my A Ven-Tyr. Your failure to uphold our agreement means I can never trust you again. Friendship annulled.” d3sid3rium
“F**king Mario Party. ‘Hey, you legitimately won the actual game! But I'm going to invent some arbitrary statistics at the end and give your opponent 4 stars for, ummm, landing on the most squares that were part of a Fibonacci sequence, and this other person, uh, rolled the most 2's so 6 stars for them!’ What kind of Dumbledor-esque bulls**t are these games built on?” maverick_gunnParty Dancing GIF by Guava JuiceGiphy
“If someone thinks Monopoly ruins friendships, then they have never played Risk.” EmperorOfIcedCream
“Oh boy, I had a few experience with that game: My friend broke up with his then boyfriend while playing the game because he was salty that she was winning. He still lost the game.”
“With other group of friends, two of them ended up fighting with one of them with a broken arm because of that game. Both were kinda tipsy.”
“During HS my friend group back then got separated after like 5 of them played risk during a recess. I don't know the details but it seems one of them was accused of cheating in the game. If you value your friendship/relationship avoid Risk at all cost.” ramen_addict_enby
Settlers of Catan…
“My family doesn't play that anymore because me and my sister would argue every time we play.” mostly-void-stars
"The best games to ruin a friendship…”
“The best games to ruin a friendship in my experience/opinion are super overly complicated games meant for large numbers of players which can be played by two people and take too long. It's almost worse if you know you're going to forget the name of the game after it's over.” manlymanmanman925
Turns out playing one of these games is a great way to see how strong your friendships truly are. Not suggested for the faint of heart.
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When I think of the term "Truth or Dare" I think of the revolutionary documentary from Madonna.
The game itself I rarely ever think about because it's been easily two decades since I last played. I also hate that game; that game and spin the bottle.
I always had to kiss the wrong person. I'm also not getting naked in a group without a payoff of some kind. And if I wanted you to know my deepest secrets I would just tell you.
I'm not going to be pressured into it. But I'm sure that plenty of people have had a few sassy night of fun thanks to being... daring. That and tequila shots.
Redditor u/janneke137 wanted to hear about the gambles we've all taken when playing a simple game with friends, by asking:
How far did you go in a game of truth or dare?
Maybe I should get a group together and try again. Now that we're older and more creative we won't be sex obsessed. To heck with kissing, let's jump off a plane or something.
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"Ate a pencil."
In the Box
"I peed in the litter box in our basement. My mom thought the cat had a serious issue because it filled the whole box. My brother ratted on me, and my mom played the crap out of me by saying she was going to have to put the cat down because of a bladder issue. I cried and told her the truth."
When I was like 13 my friend dared me to show my penis to his mom. She was just making lunch in the kitchen and I went for it. Her immediate reaction was, "Did Andy tell you to do this? All his friends do this to me." Apparently that was his go to dare."
"Yesterday I came home from work and was sitting on the couch with my wife. I noticed the corner of her phone screen was cracked. I asked what happened. She said "Ted dared me to bite it really hard". Ted is my 8 year old son. My wife bit her phone until it broke because her 8 year old son dared her to. I'm now questioning all of my choices in life."
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"In 5th grade at a birthday party we all played truth or dare. My friend knew I had a crush on this girl, so he dared me to kiss her. She said "I'm sorry, I'll hug you. But I want my first kiss to be with someone I like." That stung."
A pencil? What in the world? Also, can you turn people down in Truth or Dare? It's like in the rules. You can't shoot people down like that. Isn't implied that we're willing to be part of each other's possible dares? I must do research.
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"I jumped in a river during winter time completely naked and have a photo to prove it. I can't show the photo cause i wasn't 18 at the time but let's just say, i go all in for truth or dare."
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"It wasn't necessarily truth or dare, but I was playing For The Girls with my friends at a sleepover about a month ago, and i pulled a dare card. it said to put everyone i'd ever hooked up with into a group chat and ask if they thought any of them had anything in common."
"A game of Spin the bottle ended in everyone (10-12 people, iirc) just being naked for the rest of the night. Surprised the hell out of my roommate when he came home to find me naked in the kitchen cooking noodles while there was clearly a party going on in the next room."
"I played one game of truth or dare as a post-pubescent high school kid. We spent so much time rules-lawyering about who could make which dares, and defining levels of comfort that people could agree to participate in what kinds of things, and where the lines were drawn, that we ended up barely playing at all and nobody did anything interesting. It's like we were all thinking "I hope somebody dares me to do some fun sex stuff" but nobody had the guts to dare anybody to do any fun sex stuff."
Truth or Death
"A friend at sixth form college (so aged 16) was dared by a classmate to drink the whole of the communal bottle of vinegar that was on the cafeteria table. Maybe 300 mililitres. He did it. He was off college for a week with (predictably enough) the kind of intestinal issues you would get from chugging acid."
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"Had to run naked down a residential street. Luckily it was dark and late at night so I don't think anyone but my friends saw me."
"When I was 16 there was a girl I really liked and she invited me over to play truth or dare with some of her cousins and brother. Long story short they all dared me to run naked across this field which was way further than anyone had gone. Being a dumba** and wanting to impress the girl I did it."
"They took my clothing and locked the doors and I ended up having to run naked about 2 miles through neighborhoods back to my parents house which was locked so I had to ring the door bell to get them to let me in. Most embarrassing moment of my life. She later said it wasn't her idea but needless to say my crush was over at that point."
"We came up with a house rules version of Truth or Dare. You could reject a dare/truth but you had to lose an article of clothes. It was fun, it allowed people to reject stuff they may not want to do, while increasing the tension. To answer the question, we were mostly good high school kids it so we never went too far."
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"I've already commented on this but I think I must do it again. I've also seen a man smoke a cigar out of his butt on dare in high school. He wasn't drunk. Eastern Kentucky is a wild place."
EEW EEW EEW EEW!!
"I had my first kiss in a game of Truth or Dare. Wasn't the sweet or pleasant experience one may be imagining it to be, though. My class was taking an overnight field trip on a charter bus. The chaperones all fell asleep so a few kids started playing Truth or Dare. I wasn't participating, I was just sitting in my spot reading a book. Then I hear one of the guys say "I dare you to kiss Strawberrycocoa."
"I look up from my book to see this girl walking very very slowly towards me, with just disgust all over her face. She leaned in extremely hesitantly, gave me a peck on the lips, then started flailing her hands and running away shrieking "EEW EEW EEW EEW!!" Absolute confidence booster, that one."
"Pretty tame (i went to a Christian high school) but post-graduation senior year of high school I came back to my home town after moving away my junior/senior year. One of the girls wanted to have her first kiss before college and she wanted it to be with me because she thought I was "experienced," so her friends got a game going to play T/D so she could kiss me. It was my turn, I chose dare, and ya. We both had our first kisses that night."
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"Took a poop in my friend's front yard. His mom was wondering what type of cat had been in their yard until he narced on me."
"At house party in a rich area. I was dared to get naked and jump into 3 adjacent neighbors' pools (mind you, they were not close and each one had a 8'-0" tall fence that was climbable but difficult with no shoes.) Half drunk, naked, running, climbing fence, and jumping in pools. I am so thankful camera phones were not a thing back in 1998."
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"Not very. The last time I played was in middle school and one time my "friends" dared me to get a hug from a girl in our group. They all ran away."
Yeah, I'm going to stick with Madonna. I'm too old to be spinning bottles or grabbing dares to possibly swap some spit. I think a fiery game of UNO is a better time.
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TV game shows are fun because they are not just passive entertainment programs.
Home viewers can play along with the contestants and shout out answers in the hopes that the person they are rooting for can somehow channel your barking through the television screen.
You may not win the cash prize, but the adrenaline rush is a satisfactory equivalent for those living vicariously.
But what viewers are missing out on are the fascinating behind-the-scenes moments reserved for those who participate.
While I have not personally played on a game show or did reality TV, I have been in a live studio audience situation on various talk shows.
The excitement of being on a set is undeniably thrilling and dramatic.
Redditor u/olymp1a wondered about the experiences of former TV game show contestants and asked:
Wheel Of Weight
"I was on Wheel of Fortune. You have to get there at 5 AM where you draw straws with other contestants to decide when you will film. They film the entire week of episodes in 1 day. Pat Sajak is incredibly friendly and interacted with us on every break. The wheel is HEAVY."
"I was on Cash Cab. You can't just hail a cab in New York which turns out to be the Cash Cab. There is a vetting process, but you don't know you are going to be on the show so the reaction is genuine. Also, there is alot of awkward silence time while he is listening to the producer in his ear. There is a cameraman riding shotgun unseen on TV. The money he gives is prop money for TV. They mail you a check after the show airs. Ben Bailey was genuinely a nice guy."
A Priceless Experience
"I was in the audience at the price is right. You wait like 4+ hours just to get into the taping. They come by and give you a short interview to see if you are a good prospect to make it to contestant row. I was with a group of 4 and none of us made it. The studio audience is significantly smaller than it appears on tv. Drew Carey told jokes between filming. The set is tiny. The wheel is tiny. No secrets to reveal except that they must use some serious lenses and angles to make it appear bigger. It was a long day but it was a cool experience."
"They let the other girl in the Showcase Showdown (Price is Right) rebid after the audience booed her original bid (something silly low like $10,000). When it aired, they cut her original bid and showed only her second, winning bid. I lost."
"I remember seeing that in a Showcase on an episode but it was the exact opposite — she originally bid something insane like $73,000, then revised it to $40,000 or so; she was still incredibly off, as her showcase was less than $20,000. The other contestant bid $32,000 on a showcase that was less than half of that, so I think combined it was the worst Showcase I had ever watched."
A Generous Prize
"My teacher was on wheel of fortune Australia and he won a life supply of wd40. It turns out with average usage a can of wd40 lasts twenty years, so a life's supply is four cans."
"What an awful prize. Even if it was more than 4 cans, how is wd40 a game show prize? 'I won a car' 'I won $500' 'I won $100k' 'I won... some lubricant. And not the fun kind.'"
"When my wife was a kid she won a lifetime supply of butterfinger candy bars. It was 2 cases. Not the cardboard flats you can buy at bulk stores but 2 actual factory crates like a grocery store would get so several hundred candy bars. She said when she first got them she felt ripped off because while it was a lot, she was only a kid so there was no way it was a 'lifetime' supply."
"She made it thru half the first case before she started giving them away to anyone that would take them. By the end of the 2nd case she was throwing them away."
"Now as an adult several decades later, she still won't eat butterfingers. So I guess it really was all the butterfingers she would ever need for the rest of her life."
The Spectator And Fudge
"Was in the audience at a Food Network taping and Iron Chef America really is a 60-minute competition. That's not fudged. The judging on the other hand takes foreeeeever."
Failing On Purpose
"Was on a MTV game show called 'fist of zen' on MTV. Basically a group of people subjected to painful and nauseating tasks for cash. We won every round but the producer asked us to purposefully 'fail' one to change things up. Despite losing one round we were still paid the full prize money."
A "Horrible Experience"
"A work colleague of mine was one of the couples in married at first sight."
"She had a horrible experience, needed counseling afterwards and is still receiving an 'appearance fee' (read hush money) even though her season aired like 5 years ago."
"Her words: unReal may as well be a documentary."
Reasoning For Counseling Explained
"Mainly emotional fall out."
"Producers would extract personal info about the people being paired up prior to the coupling and then do the opposite for dramatic tension."
"So if you had someone that had been a victim of domestic violence in the past, they'd get paired with someone with a hot temper."
"Also, producers would leak information to others to set up a stand off. So perhaps one person might say something over drinks to another in confidence. The producers then take that and plant it with another person so that over dinner it comes out and drama ensues."
"And of course out of context filming to create the character tropes: the victim, the villain, the winner, etc.
"My work colleague had an irrelevant story about a past relationship come out during a group dinner and apparently it triggered a very angry response for the person she was paired with and for the rest of the season she was goaded by him and the producers."
"They also weren't too interested in her leaving mid way through, so kept stringing both people along to get what they needed on the contracted filming period."
"Unrelated to this, but channel 9 got into huge hot water on last years season of their renovation show the block after one contestant couple broke their NDA and exposed a bunch of stuff about the sh*t editing and poor treatment of contestants."
"Interestingly enough, a lot of the triggers that caused that have disappeared from this season."
"Edit: I won't be revealing the person, season, hints about this person."
Appointing A Villain
"My cousin was one of the contestants on My Kitchen Rules. She was targeted to be the 'evil' person for the season and it ruined her career for awhile after. This was nearly 10yr ago. A lot of people I talked to said they don't believe the producer edit it to purposely target one person and she must just be a nasty person. I couldn't believe people were that naive. There was a fair bit of drama around it all, not sure if anything came of it."
The Truth About Prizes
"I was a winner on The Price is Right. After the show, you're taken into a small room where you do paperwork. Some of the items that I won onscreen (iPads, movie tickets and snacks for a year) were instead awarded as the cash equivalent (I had no say in the matter). Also, contrary to popular belief, the contestant does not have the option to request money instead of specific prizes. The only choice you have is to outright decline any of the prizes."
"Edited to add: Winners of CBS game shows are not permitted to be contestants on CBS game shows for ten years. Former Price is Right winners may still attend a taping, but a big diagonal line is drawn through their name on their name tag."
"Yes the Millionaire set is small, worn-out and looks shoddy up close. It's in an island of light in a corner of a dark warehouse. But onTV it looks great, glamorous and shiny."
"My wife got a tattoo on a tattoo competition show. They gave her headphones to wear while she was being tattooed, but she wasn't allowed to actually plug them in and listen to music. Pure product placement lol"
"Other than that it was a really good experience! Producers worked with her for several weeks leading up to and made sure she got a tattoo subject and style that she wanted."
Once More With Feeling
"They tell the audience to clap and cheer and they film that to edit it in during appropriate events. If we didn't cheer or clap loud enough, they had us retake it. The same goes for grimaces/negative reactions and shock/surprise."
"I was on 'Who wants to be a millionaire', and its all scripted. The filming took half a day for 30 minutes of film. When you win the intro round, you are taken out to get your make up on, and then they instruct you how to act when you celebrate."
"The reason the audience is so completely useless (And why you see so many press wrong on obvious answers) is because 20-30% of the audience is friends and family to the other 7 contestants who are waiting for their turn. We spent two days in the studio, and if the initial contestant loses, the others get their chance. If one contestant goes far and takes a lot of time, no one else gets a chance, so the audience tells the wrong answer on purpose."
Truth or dare? PICK TRUTH. Just do it. The truth will set you free.
A dare may land you in the hospital. A physical ridiculous act is never a good idea--especially when a friend or stranger is the one telling you it is a good idea.
Don't do it. Run far away. Or just opt for truth.
Here were some of those answers.
Cinna Minna Mon
When I was a teenager I tried the 'cinnamon challenge'. For those unaware, you take a spoonful of ground cinnamon and try to eat it, and it doesn't go well lol. I put it in my mouth, and it immediately sucked all of the moisture out of my mouth and sinuses. To make matters worse the drying out of my sinuses caused me to sneeze, making cinnamon fly out of both of my nostrils like a dragon snorting flames. I then proceeded to dry heave in the bathroom for the next five minutes or so. Pretty sure thate was the most miserable 5 minutes of my life so far. I still cant stand the taste of cinnamon, more than 10 years later.
Time To Get better Friends
Was dared to get naked and run outside (I say naked but in actuality I was left with my underwear and a stupid hat). My friends locked me out there for about 15 to 20 minutes while they were shooting me with a BB gun. Fun times.
Messy Mid Twenties
I've told this before, but:
We (3 guys and 3 girls) were all in the hot tub at this chick's house, and I get dared to go mash my bits up against her parents' bedroom window. Granted, it's like 1am, and the whole house is completely dark, so I thought it would be no big deal.
Get out of the hot tub, run over to the window, drop my suit, and smash my junk up against the window for a few moments. Then, in the reflective light of the pool, I catch a glimpse of her parents sitting right inside the window, watching us from inside. They didn't even blink, just just watched me. It was terrifying. TERRIFYING. Like, I saw them for a split second as the light passed over the glass, just inches away from my mashed up bits on the other side of the window. Something from a horror movie. I gasped and ran back to the hot tub, got back in, and just sat there in complete silence.
A couple minutes later, her dad comes outside laughing, hands me a beer, and then reminisces with all of us for a minute about the crazy stuff he did when he was a kid.
I've never felt a shock like I did when I saw their faces. It still haunts me sometimes, but it all turned out better than expected.
...I was 25.
It Gets Dark
At summer camp I (female) was playing Truth or Dare with a small group of 10-12 year olds. They dared me to kiss this boy, but the boy didn't want to participate. They pressured him into sitting in a chair while the rest of the group formed a circle around us until I kissed him (on the mouth). My family found out later and I was given an early lesson on consent and peer pressure.
Ouchie Wa Wa
Certainly not the worst thing in the world, but when I was 19 I jumped off a pier into the water. Turns out the water was shallow and I fractured my foot. I only regret it because I have always been a cautious and calculating person. In this instance I just wanted to be liked and it ended up with me in an Italian emergency room. So I guess the regret isn't jumping, what I regret is thinking I needed people to think I was cool.
Let's Not Invite Strangers
I played Ring of Fire (Kings Cup for Americans) at a festival with some people we met in the next tent over
If you don't know, basically it's a drinking game where you spread a deck of cards around one cup in a circle. Each person picks a card and you do something depending on the card. Most cards ask one or more people to pour their own drink into the cup in the middle to create a sh!t mix. First person to pick a card that breaks the circle drinks the cup in the middle
After a few rounds, one of the people in the group who is a complete stranger decided to piss directly into the cup
Now you don't need me to tell you what happened next. But I did make a big fuss to everyone when he did it. I said, 'if anyone wants to drop out now that's fine. But if you stay in and you lose, you're drinking it'
Anyway, so that's the story of how I drank warm piss, milk, kahlua, vodka, 3 types of cider and lager in one chug
I got him back though. I chucked up in his tent.
It's hard to pick the best story, but the one that's probably freshest in my memory is from back in November. It wasn't technically a dare, but it was the same concept. me and a handful of friends were playing the uncomfortable game (pick a person and try to make them uncomfortable, if they flinch away you win, if they stay put they win, whoever loses goes next/again. It is never ever a good idea to play this game. Don't do it.) And there was, of course, one guy who was invincible. He was undefeated so far, and everyone was invested in his downfall. It was my turn and I had an idea to get really close to his face, put on my most seductive expression and run my hand through his hair, around his neck, and down his chest. It occurred to me as i was going in that this was a terrible idea and i would regret it, but it was too late to turn back. The good news: it worked. The bad news: my friends refuse to let me forget it, and as the cherry on top that was the final straw in a series of events and i caught feelings. Hard.
There was also the time way back in middle school when some friends and i were playing truth or dare in a field beside a ymca, and i got dared to blow this guy's expired wallet condom up like a balloon. The wind caught it and it got stuck up on an awning directly outside the window of the kids room... where it stayed for almost a week.
Drinking a glow stick. I was around 11, it was a few days after Halloween, and I was having a sleepover so of course we played truth or dare. When I was dared to drink a glow stick, I didn't even think twice about it. Once my friends started freaking out about my bright green saliva I ran downstairs crying and had to have my mom help me rinse out my mouth, only to see this glowing stuff going down the drain. It's funny now, but I honestly thought I was going to die at that point.
When I was 8 I got the dare to go lay on a piece of wood in the woods. The wood was very old and all torn up so my dumb brain thought that if i laid on the corner i would be fine, but then as i was falling down on the the wood I noticed there was a nail.
Yes; a rusty, long, bent nail pointing towards my fat stomach. I lay down and chaos ensued, the nail went half way into my stomach and when I went to get up i ripped the nail out of the board. So there I am crying in pain running back to my friends as the nail falls out.
Then of course, as I thought it couldn't get worse i step on the damn nail, but it fails to go in my foot! Later when I told my mom the next day she convinced me i was sick from tetanus. I got a tetanus shot later that day, and that is the story of me getting impaled by the same nail 2 times.
Water Stays In There, Friends
Was at the after party of an office Christmas party in a hotel room. We had a huge Rubbermaid bucket full of ice water and drinks. Someone started playing bob for beers. A collection was started and I was dared to hold my head underwater for 60 seconds. The tip of my nose had to touch the bottom the whole time.
I did it and earned about $40 bucks, but my ears were messed up for years afterwards, got ear and sinus infections almost weekly. About 6 months after this a was on a flight and my ears plugged up so bad on the landing I had to go to the ER, the pain was excruciating.
Took about 3 years to return to what I would consider normal. That was the hardest worked for $40 bucks ever.
He Didn't Have That Kind Of Money
Awhile ago in middle school, there was a piece of gum on the ground that has been there for as long as anyone remembered, someone said they would pay five hundred dollars for someone to lick it. I jumped down and did it, he started to talk but stuttered heavily. He changed the price to a hundred dollars, fifty... 10... all the way down to fifty cents. At the end I got two bracelets.
In grade 6, our class would often play truth or dare at lunchtimes. Well it was my turn, and my dare was to slap this guy that liked me at the time. After thinking about it for a minute and looking in his direction to look for any objection on his part, I just thought "oh what the heck let's do it" and slapped his cheek. The sound it made was almost cartoonish, the whole class went silent. I feel so bad i didn't slap his arm or something instead of his literal face.
I know this is pretty minor, but I still feel really bad about it anytime I remember the incident.
Now I'm Uneven
My friends and I were just sitting around doing truth or dare and I got dared to shave my legs ( I am an early bloomer and my testosterone levels are really high). Anyway the razor we found was kinda dull so I started going at it. 5 minutes later I have one unshaven leg and the one that I did mange to shave was gushing blood.
Pocahontas Or Life?
I was five or six and was dared to take a penny into PE (weird I know) to see if I could get through PE without the teacher noticing it. We had to catch a ball so I hid the penny in my mouth and soon began choking. Fortunately the teacher knew first aid. Apparently I turned blue. My parents were informed and I didn't get to go and see Pocahontas at the cinema that weekend which I was looking forward to. At least I'm alive though so that's something.
Just A Lil Confused
Uhh... I kinda went into a store and went into a public bathroom and got butt naked with the door wide open and when someone saw me I was supposed to say "Wait this isn't a changing room?". I got reported to the manager and quickly put my clothes and the manager said "Nothings wrong" and the lady that reported me got really mad. I can't get that out of my head.
I Puked For Free
At a place where I worked people would dump coffee dregs into a cup. Someone commented about gross it was. I said its not that bad - it's emptied daily. So I was challenged to drink it. I said that I would drink it for $10 (1987 dollars). Challenge accepted. I drank it then hurried to the bathroom to puke (it was worse than I thought).
My only regret is the SOB who bet me didn't pay up.