agonistics: a language game

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  • Agonistics is a game played by sending email messages to an online discussion.
  • The goal of the game is to win points, move to the center of the circle, and get your words displayed on the left of the screen.
  • Players are randomly assigned a face.
  • Players win points by engaging in dialogue with other players. 
  • When a player wins points, the player’s face is moved towards the center.
  • The faces of players in dialogue are moved together.
  • When a player in a dialogue group posts a message that addresses a theme the group is discussing, the theme is shown and a sentence from the player’s message is highlighted at the top of the screen. 
  • Players who are not in dialogue with others never have their words highlighted.
  • Click here to play Agonistics by participating in the Usenet newsgroup alt.politics.bush.