The exact origin of The Game is unknown, although a similar concept, also based on ironic processing (also called White Bear Principle) has been played by Leo Tolstoy and his brother in the 1840’s and Dostoevsky mentions it in his 1863 essay, Winter Notes on Summer Impressions.
The modern form of The Game is mostly attributed to the schoolyard students of England or Australia, bored in the 90’s.
“You lost the Game” is similar to a curse, as once you say the sentence to someone who is familiar with The Game, they immediately lose it.
The phenomenon is liked and discussed by many online, appearing on Reddit threads as well as other social media posts.
- Joe.co.uk – Remember ‘The Game’? Well congratulations, you just lost it again
- Wikipedia – The Game (mind game)