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The Shouting Game

This simple group game is played in a circle. Participants repeatedly choose one other person to look at, hoping that person won’t be looking back at them. Whenever eye contact is made between two participants, both must shout wildly and lunge backward. They are then eliminated. The game generates laughter and boosts energy in a group.

  1. Step 1:

    The group stands shoulder to shoulder in a circle. Everyone must be able to see the eyes of everyone else.

    Explain that you will be giving two sets of instructions repeatedly, "heads down" and "heads up." When you say "heads down," everyone looks at their feet.

  2. Step 2:

    When you say "heads up," everyone looks up and instantly looks straight at the head of one other person in the circle.

    There are two possible consequences: when a person looks up at someone who is looking at someone else, nothing happens; when a person looks up at someone who is looking right back at them, they must both point in a very exaggerated manner at the each other and let out a loud SCREAM OR YELL.

    Those two are then "out" and stand outside of the circle to observe. Once the "screamers" have left the circle, the circle closes in and repeat the process until there are only two people left. The final two have to do it one more time, even though the outcome is a foregone conclusion.