The Sunbaked King

Games People Play

Time‘s Summer Edition Issue showcases the various sports that have gained prominence all over the world, their origins, and the effects each sport had on the country that most popularized it. Most probably, this is Time’s way of ushering in the Olympic Season, soon to be held in Beijing. A very timely issue, I must say, with a very appropriate headline: “Games People Play.”

Not to mention suggestive, because sports are not the only games people play.

People also play other people.

People play charades, in which one person acts and the other tries to guess the concept from the act. No word can come from the actor; only his actions must betray his motives. Not all games of charades are as simple or as innocent, however. Some actors send mixed signals, leaving the other completely in the dark. And since this game is indefinite in length, the other person can be completely in the dark for a very, very long time.

People also play hide and seek, in which one person must find all others before they can hit home base. There is ample time for the others to hide, and there is ample time for the seeker to find those hiding. The seeker can try to be defensive and stay close to the base, or he can be on the offensive and try to zone in on each person aggressively. Not all games of hide and seek are as fun or as exciting as this, however. Some seekers never manage to find the people they’re looking for, and those in hiding never seem to want to come out.

As the cliche goes, in this game called life, are you the player, or are you being played?

You decide.

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5 Responses

  1. makmak says:

    I like blog entries that make me think. This made me think, a lot.

    Nice.

  2. Ryce says:

    nice entry… me tanong lang ako… how would you know if you’re the player or the one being played?

  3. kerwinray says:

    @MakMak: Three strikes and I’m out. Some things are just mulling over.

    Thanks for the visit. I can say the same about your entries.

    @Ryce: Thanks for the compliment. As for your question, I guess it’s all about intention.

  4. tristan says:

    i’m the player-hater.

    malamang if you played poker you would have something insightful to say about how it relates to players and “playees”(?).

  5. kerwinray says:

    I was going for children’s games to create a commentary on how innocence can easily be corrupted by those with malicious motives.

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