Doodle or Die is an online game that a friend of mine recently recommended to me. It describes itself as “Telephone”, a game many of us are familiar with from our elementary school days, but with illustrations. How the game works is you are assigned descriptions which you must doodle (using a variety of colors and brush sizes), as well as doodles, which you must write a description for. Your doodles and descriptions lead to “active chains”, which one can later view to see the progression of words and images. In this way, you can see where the descriptions you wrote and the doodles you drew ended up. The rules of the game are simple, you can only skip 3 proposed descriptions/images, which forces you to think creatively to keep the game going.
I found that what made this game fun was the hilarity of some of the interpretations of the doodles. Looking at the chains of doodles and the way that one idea could, several descriptions later, be turned into something completely different is what makes this game appealing. Also, it allows people to interact with people from around the world (I’m assuming).
I think the meaning that this game conveys is that each individual has a different way of interpreting a statement or visual. Doodle or Die definitely draws upon differences in perspectives to create this never-ending chain of images. By setting up interactions between users, Doodle or Die also creates a sort of network or community within the game.
More than anything, though, I feel that Doodle or Die serves as a creative outlet for a diverse audience. Some of the doodles are detailed, and some aren’t. And, of course, along with the option of being anonymous in the game comes the occasional vulgarity. Overall, Doodle or Die is a fun way to kill some time and to keep oneself entertained.