Games Adults Play: A Comic Series

Pin the Blame on the Colleague, Recapture the Flag, Telephone (Your Parents Once in a While)—comic Josh Gondelman and artist Molly Roth share a list of just a few of their favorite games that adults play.

Children play all the time. They play by instinct or according to organized rules. They play until they are told to stop playing, it’s getting dark outside. The conventional wisdom is that adults lose the ability or interest in play. But that’s just not true. Adults engage in play as well. It’s just that the games themselves change.



Number of players: 2+

Description of gameplay: Colleagues attempt to deflect responsibility for a project gone wrong onto one another. Techniques may range from passive aggressive emails to outright trash talking during closed door meetings. Players may attempt to assign blame whether or not they are “It” (the player currently considered responsible) at the time.

Game ends when…: The game officially ends when blame is assigned by a referee (boss), but previous game results may be challenged for as long as any single original player remains at the same place of employment.


Look for the next installment of Games Adults Play in the coming weeks.

About Josh Gondelman

Josh Gondelman is a writer and comedian who incubated in Boston before moving to New York City, where he currently lives and works as a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He is also the co-author of the book You Blew It and co-founder of the Modern Seinfeld Twitter account.

About Molly Roth

Molly Roth is a Michigan-born, Brooklyn-based graphic artist and humorist. She works on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker Daily Shouts, McSweeney’s, and Vox.

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