By registering with us, you'll be able to discuss, share and private message with other members of our community.

  1. Welcome to the 12ozProphet Forum...
    You are currently logged out and viewing our forum as a guest which only allows limited access to our discussions, photos and other forum features. If you are a 12ozProphet Member please login to get the full experience.

    If you are not a 12ozProphet Member, please take a moment to register to gain full access to our website and all of its features. As a 12ozProphet Member you will be able to post comments, start discussions, communicate privately with other members and access members-only content. Registration is fast, simple and free, so join today and be a part of the largest and longest running Graffiti, Art, Style & Culture forum online.

    Please note, if you are a 12ozProphet Member and are locked out of your account, you can recover your account using the 'lost password' link in the login form. If you no longer have access to the email you registered with, please email us at [email protected] and we'll help you recover your account. Welcome to the 12ozProphet Forum (and don't forget to follow @12ozprophet in Instagram)!


Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by duh-rye-won, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. duh-rye-won

    duh-rye-won Member

    Joined: Aug 8, 2001 Messages: 580 Likes Received: 2

    Pride yourself on movie trivia? Try this game.

    story by STEPHANIE FUQUA

    t starts innocently enough.

    Name a movie actor -- say, Pierce Brosnan.

    Then, link actors together by the movies they costar in. Say Pierce Brosnan and Robin Williams in "Mrs. Doubtfire." Robin Williams and John Lithgow in "The World According to Garp." John Lithgow and Kevin Bacon in "Footloose."

    You've just played the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

    The point of the game is that Kevin Bacon is the center of the movie universe, and everyone can be linked back to him.

    Nonbelievers scoff, saying, "Surely there is someone who can't be linked. I'm going to find it." And that's how the game turns nonbelievers into believers.

    "It's addictive. Very addictive," Erisson Hastur, of Tempe, Ariz., said. Hastur is the webmaster of a World Wide Web page devoted to the Kevin Bacon game.

    "Although, come to think of it, it's not so much an addiction as it is a magnet. I mean, when I'm telling people about it, and they say something along the lines of 'Oh, get a life!' and then they come back five minutes later and start playing it, that's something beyond addiction," Hastur said.

    The temptation to challenge a group of players can be high. Ethan Sampson, senior at Kent Denver High School in Denver, Colo., has also met disbelievers who try to test the believers.

    "The other thing that is interesting is pretty much every time I have played, there has been some kid around -- not involved in the game or conversation or whatever -- and he or she will start yelling out random people and testing the group," Sampson said.

    However, dealing with the unbelievers is the best part of the game, said Stephanie Salm, a Harvard sophomore who also maintains a Bacon web page.

    "It's fun to meet someone unfamiliar to the game since they can never believe that it is only Kevin Bacon that this applies to. 'No, but you could do that with anyone.' Not true," Salm said.

    "Dealing with a new person can be fun because they think of lots of people to link that may seem hard but can be made easy when you pull out some obscure film like "Queen's Logic" or the all-time best linker -- 'JFK.' Everyone in the world was in 'JFK.'"

    Once you're hooked into the game, the natural thing is to ask what the rules are. There's no instruction booklet for this game, because it's mainly learned through word of mouth.

    Instead, it depends on which group you are playing with and what part of the country you are in. Some people allow television crossovers. Others allow cameos. Some purists say there is no way they would ever allow television appearances.

    "Using television is absolutely against the rules. Under no circumstances can you use TV," Salm said. "It's like using family relations: Gary Oldman was in 'The Scarlet Letter' with Demi Moore, who is married to Bruce Willis. It just doesn't work that way."

    The rules can be even more stringent than that.

    Hastur is a member of the Baconsortium, a group of people from across the country who play the game together via the web. A self-proclaimed purist, he insists that mainstream movies are the only one to be used.

    "To wit, they have to have been in a mainstream movie, not just little "art" films, not just pornographic films, etc. Hopefully, they've been in at least one film that has been released in America. Not a requirement, certainly, but it helps a lot," Hastur said.

    "The way the Baconsortium plays, you can use only movies. No television shows, no made-for-television movies, no miniseries. Just movies."

    Cameos are fine to use, Hastur said, but people who are extras cannot be used. Voice credits, such as Whoopi Goldberg in the "Lion King," are also questionable.

    "If that's the quickest -- or most stylish -- route, then go for it, but be prepared to come up with an alternate route, in case the person you're playing with doesn't like voice credits," he said.

    Jeff Macfee is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin and also maintains a Kevin Bacon game page. He said he plays the pure variety.

    "Maximum of six hops. No television, no directors, no relations," Macfee said. "I've played less 'strict' variations where TV and directors and relatives are all allowed, or where there are no limits on links. I prefer to play the 'pure' way only without a limit on links. It's just more impressive the shorter you make it."

    And in case you're wondering, the players explain that six degrees means six steps, not six people. Bacon counts as the first person, and you're allowed five other people to connect with him. Simple links, one or two people, can often be the best.

    "It's most enjoyable to play the Kevin Bacon Game with simple links," Matthew Bennett, junior at North Springs High School in Atlanta, Ga., said. "Probably connecting Spike Lee in one step was the most fun. Spike Lee was in 'Malcolm X' with a John F. Kennedy look-alike. That same JFK was in the movie 'JFK' with Kevin Bacon."

    Once you start playing though, it can be hard to find challenges. Most of the people who have web pages say they only get challenged by requests on the page. Others find challenges even more difficult.

    "Walking down the street with a friend, we passed by the poster for 'To Wong Foo,'" Macfee said. "In the time between when I could read it, and when I actually passed it -- about 10 seconds -- I had solved all three of the actors on the poster," Macfee said with a sigh. "That's how I get most of my challenges these days, through inanimate objects."

    But don't think that once you've played or worn out all the challenges you can think of that you can just stop. Once the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is in your head, it's there to stay.

    "It's hard to stop," Macfee said. "It is the heroin of the gaming world."


    i'll go first.

    Christina Ricci.

    well, i want to answer this one so i'll do it.

    Christina Ricci was in Laramie Project with...

    Laura Linney, who was in Mystic River with...



    ok, next one...

    Crispin Glover.

  2. cloner

    cloner Senior Member

    Joined: Mar 29, 2004 Messages: 1,717 Likes Received: 0
    i'd rather shit out a porcupine.
  3. duh-rye-won

    duh-rye-won Member

    Joined: Aug 8, 2001 Messages: 580 Likes Received: 2
    been there, done that.
  4. Al Rocksalot

    Al Rocksalot New Jack

    Joined: Oct 5, 2003 Messages: 39 Likes Received: 0
    How is Mel Gibson connected?
  5. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 13,989 Likes Received: 313
    i dont know actors and actoresses names to play this game, but ive known about it for a long ass time, i heard it was 7 degrees, sometimes 6.....

    laraime project was a good documentary...
  6. seppuku

    seppuku Member

    Joined: May 11, 2000 Messages: 718 Likes Received: 0
    Crispin Glover was in "What Is It?" with Kelly Swiderski. This stupid fucking game is OVER.
  7. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15
    Crispin Glover was in The People vs Larry Flynt with:

    Woody Harellson who was in Wag the Dog with:

    Robert DeNiro who was in Sleepers with:

    Kevin Bacon.

    How about: Patrick Stewart
  8. seppuku

    seppuku Member

    Joined: May 11, 2000 Messages: 718 Likes Received: 0
    You fucking idiot, haven't you ever heard of turn order? I just ended the game.
  9. gatita

    gatita Senior Member

    Joined: Feb 24, 2004 Messages: 1,319 Likes Received: 1
    I think Im the next Kevin Bacon.
  10. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    On a side note, Christina Ricci is smoking.....
  11. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004 Messages: 19,229 Likes Received: 30
  12. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15

  13. High Priest

    High Priest Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 1, 2002 Messages: 4,928 Likes Received: 4
    Fermentor just made seppuku shit a brick.
  14. roadpig

    roadpig Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Oct 9, 2004 Messages: 4,073 Likes Received: 59
    why did they show kevin's bacon in this movie?

  15. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    hell, I can connect myself to Kevin Bacon in less than 6 degrees.