People have been playing Twister for years and there is usually some variation on it depending on what kind of crowd you are talking about. College students have turned Twister into a drinking game that I would imagine, over the course of the evening, can cause someone a great deal of pain. There is also a version of Twister played in college dorms called Naked Twister that I am not even going to discuss. All of this sprung from a game intended for kids.
Kids play Twister as well. Kids seem to find a lot more enjoyment out of the falling down associated with Twister than adults do. I remember playing Twister once when I was a younger adult and dreading the eventual tumble to the mat. But I have watched kids play Twister and they seem to enjoy the game a lot more than adults do. But the fact is that Twister is a game that has caught on with people of all ages and has crept its way into our culture as both a game played at adult parties and also played in children’s nursery schools. Both with apparently the same enthusiasm. But why is that?
I think children look at Twister as a chance to get in silly positions and then eventually collapse in a pile on the floor with their friends. When I observe children playing Twister that seems to be the essence of the game for them. They do try to put their hands and feet where they need to go but they also seem to revel in the end of the game. Adults, on the other hand, see Twister as the ultimate challenge in balance. They seem to want to outdo each other with their ability to reach over each other without taking the tumble to the mat. When sober adults come crashing to the mat the ones that are usually laughing are the people watching the game and not the people playing.
Twister is a child’s game that crosses generations. It is a game that people can play all of their lives and a game that is fun for different reasons to different people. It is something that never changes as we grow older but yet our attitudes towards it change through the years. That is the beauty of Twister, it refuses to grow up.