‘Saving face’ at work takes on a whole new meaning. Faces and balls — it’s a scene rampantly spreading world wide. Faceball is a game where 2 opponents throw a plastic beach ball at each other’s face.
The game’s popularity mushroomed from strictly being a pastime just at Flickr and Yahoo! offices to the wider community at large, and hasn’t stopped spreading since. Faceball tournaments have impulsively broken out throughout Britain, with events even at Alexandra Palace and the Tate Modern, reports Metro.
Faceball in Action. Photo Mondoagogo
Dunstan Orchard and John Allspaw, both Flickr employees, were the originators of the game when they were challenged to find something to do with the hundreds of pink and blue beachballs they had lying around the office.
The game also acts as ‘a vehicle for the release of personal animosity’, says faceball.org, ‘and the Shaming of the Weak.’
Photo Rev Dan Catt — works for Flickr
One of the main highlights of Faceball is to photograph the competitors’ faces at the critical moments just before, during, and after sudden impact. It’s been implied that this plays an important role in the Weak being Shamed.
“It helps that it’s actually enjoyable getting hit in the face by your opponent.” co-inventor Dunstan told Wired magazine. Right, as long as the balls aren’t unknowingly filled with anything.
“And when half the office gathers around and the guitars come out and people cheer you on, it’s an excellent way to relax and have a laugh.”
Now THAT’S the kind of company I’d like to work for!
Faceball Rules — General Guide
Improper Faceball Stance Photo Yodel Anecdotal
The 2 faceballers must sit 10 feet apart.
Turns are taken to throw the ball at the opponent’s face. The opponent cannot move their face — a sitting duck, if you will.
Each direct face-hit earns the player 1 point. They can throw again if they make their mark.
Glancing hits, ‘hair-whiffs’ and body hits don’t count. Only full-face impacts are considered a hit.
A miss means that the player’s turn is over, and their opponent is now allowed to throw.
The game continues for 5 rounds. The player with the most points is declared the winner, and the player with the least points is to be shamed.
This is Faceball
Read more about Faceball by John and Dunstan, Faceball Founders at Yodel Anecdotal
As of September 2nd 2007, faceball.org had received over 146,000 unique visitors, and the videos over 132,416 plays.
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