In honour of the movie Tag, we thought we’d tell you a little bit about the game we all love.
Please note: The movie trailer we included is NSFW and DEFINITELY NSFCamp!
Tag is a playground game that involves two or more players. The player selected to be “it” chases other players in an attempt to “tag” them, typically with a touch of their hand and (usually shouting) the incantation “TAG, YOU’RE IT”.
The players who are not “it” must try to escape the player designated as “it”, if they are “tagged” by that player, “it-ness” is transferred to them and play resets with a new “it”.
There are many variations of this game, including props, freezing, safe zones, rescues, tasks, and multiple “its”.
In the traditional format, only one person is “it” and play continues with “it-ness” being transferred from person to person until there is only one person left on Earth, they would be deemed the winner.
(Ok, “fact” might be a bit of a stretch…)
- Some sources say the earliest version of Tag may have been played as early as 1738
- The term ‘tag’ possibly comes from the Scottish game ‘Tig’
- Tag is played by baby animal siblings in the wild, and it’s adorable.
- Some children will intentionally move slowly to be tagged and become “it” because they are power-hungry
- A group of grown-up, human men played a game of tag for over 20 years. And it’s so epic they made a movie about it!!