Games

''This article is about games shown in episodes of Lost. For other uses, see Game (disambiguation)''

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Several '''games''' are featured in the storyline of ''Lost''.

== Occurrences == 
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wikipediaAmerican football
(Gridiron Football) Image3X12_JackFootball.jpg

* Jack played football with Tom during his time with the Others. {{crossref}} ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaAxis and Allies
or wikipediaRisk (game)
ImageRisk.jpg

* Locke was seen playing a board game, during lunchbreak, with one of his colleagues. The game appeared to consist of a Risk board and generic plastic army men, but is probably meant to strongly resemble Axis and Allies. {{crossref}} * A similar game was played by Locke, Sawyer, and Hurley at the Barracks. This was the 2005 "library" edition of the game with triangular blocks rather than figurines of soldiers. {{crossref}} * The same game was seen open on a table in Benjamin Linus' house in 1977. {{crossref}} ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
http//2kbgames.com/projects/masters-backgammon-iphone-ipad Backgammon
File1x02 Locke Backgammon set.JPG* Locke claimed Backgammon is a better game than Checkers, as it dates back 5,000 years. {{crossref}} Locke was referring to the Mesopotamian wikipediaRoyal_Game_of_Ur, which is also related to the Egypt in Lost game of wikipediasenet. * Locke explained the rules of Backgammon to Walt, when he said, "Two players, two sides. Black and white, one is dark." {{crossref}} * Walt was seen beating Hurley, even though Hurley claimed he was once ranked 17th in a tournament. Hurley lost $83,000 through his Backgammon games with Walt, who doesn't know that Hurley is good for the money. {{crossref}} *Desmond had a board with him in the Swan. {{crossref}} *Locke and Charlie played it on the beach, during which Locke brought up Charlies heroin addiction. {{crossref}} *Kate was playing it by herself. {{crossref}} *Locke and Sawyer played it while Locke asked if the group still had confidence in him. {{crossref}} *Even as a child, Locke liked Backgammon. {{crossref}} *As children, Jacob and the Man in Black played Backgammon. {{crossref}} *In the non-canonical novel ''Endangered Species'', Locke finds the backgammon set with Faith Harrington. ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaBaseball
Image3x02-Baseball.jpg * Christian Shephard's catchphrase was about the Boston Red Sox never winning the World Series. {{crossref}} * Ben shows the Red Sox winning the World Series on the Hydra television to Jack. {{crossref}} * Jack asks Frank Lapidus if the Red Sox won the World Series. Frank says he doesn't want to talk about it because he bleeds "Yankee blue". {{crossref}} * One of Richard Alpert's items that he uses to administer a test to John Locke is a baseball glove. {{Crossref}} * Dogen is seen spinning a baseball on his desk. When Jack enters the room, he asks him what it is and Dogen dryly responds, "It's a baseball." {{Crossref}} * Jack sets up a television in David's room so he can watch the Red Sox {{crossref}} * The picture on the wall of David's room in Jack's house is of Dodger Stadium in LA, and in the photoset in David's room at his mother's house he is wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers hat. {{crossref}} * All of the "numbers" are retired numbers of the New York Yankees 4- Lou Gehrig; 8- Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey; 15- Thurman Munson; 16- Whitey Ford; 23-Don Mattingly; 42- Jackie Robinson (whose number was retired by every baseball team by order of MLB) and eventually also Mariano Rivera. Kate's number, 51, belonged to Bernie Williams whose number may be retired soon but is not yet retired. * In baseball, there are 27 (4+8+15) outs in a game. ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaChess
ImageChess.jpg

Image4x13_Checkmate_Mr._Eko.jpg

* Henrik and Mathias are seen playing chess in the listening station {{crossref}} * Locke finds a Flame computer that allows him to play chess against an automated opponent in the Flame station. Mikhail claims the computer cannot be beat, but Locke manages to unlock the Flame video by winning a game. {{crossref}} The board setup is taken from an actual game, the 16th game of the 1985 World Championship match between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov. However the final move shown is not actually checkmate as white can interpose a bishop. * People in the background of Sayid's Paris cafe are playing chess. {{crossref}} * Pryce is playing chess with Luke when Ben orders him to go get the Losties {{crossref}} * Mikhail is playing chess with Richard Alpert. {{crossref}} * Each player in chess starts with 16 pieces. * A chess board is eight squares by eight squares, half light, half dark. * "MacCutcheon" is a name of a prominent brand of Scotch in ''Lost''; it is also a variation of the French Defence opening in chess http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Defencehttp//www.ficgs.com/chess_opening_1.%20e4%20e6%202.%20d4%20d5%203.%20Nc3%20Nf6%204.%20Bg5%20Bb4_French%20%20%20MacCutcheon%20variation%20.html http//chesscoach1977.blogspot.com/2006/08/chess-understanding-french-defense_25.html http//www.amazon.com/Remember-MacCutcheon-James-Eade/dp/B000MC5YUM http//www.newinchess.com/Archives/SurveysList.aspx?OpeningID=112. * Chess is the central theme of {{ep}}. Ben and Jack are playing, and Ben is victorious after playing a wikipediaCastling|"castle". However the position is nonsense, for example Ben has three bishops. * In {{ep}}, Matthew Abaddon sits in front of a chess board. * While in the mental institution, Hurley plays a chess game against a vision of Mr. Eko. {{crossref}} * In ''Lost Via Domus'', Elliot finds a chessboard amongst the wreckage. ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaConnect Four
ImageConnectfour001.jpg

* Connect Four was the game played by Leonard Simms at Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute. It appears he was playing both colors, while chanting the Numbers over and over again. {{crossref}} * Hurley was playing Connect Four at Santa Rosa in {{ep}}. * Walt played Connect Four during his time at Santa Rosa. {{crossref}} * When a player places four pieces in a straight line vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, he wins the game. * Connect Four has 42 possible positions to put pieces in. ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaCrossword
ImageShannoncrossword1.JPG

* Shannon worked on a crossword puzzle on the beach. {{crossref}} * Shannon worked on a crossword puzzle in the airport. {{crossref}} * She is actually working on a word seek puzzle from a Penny Press Super Word Seek magazine. * Locke worked on a crossword puzzle in the Swan. {{crossref}} * Jack had a crossword puzzle in his car. {{crossref}} ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaSoccer
(Football) ImageSoccer.jpg

* Sayid and Essam played soccer in the park. {{crossref}} * Young Eko and Yemi are seen playing soccer before the militia crime lords came to the village. {{crossref}} * Desmond watched a soccer game in a pub twice (with fictional team 'Graybridge' playing) and predicted the outcome both times; his second prediction was correct. {{crossref}} *Ruth told Desmond, "We dated for six years, and the closest you ever came to a religious experience was wikipediaCeltic FC winning the cup." {{crossref}} ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaGolf
ImageGolf3.jpg

* Hurley set up a golf course. {{crossref}} * Desmond borrows a golf clubs from Paulo, and offered some advice. Paulo enquired if Desmond played golf, to which Desmond responded "I'm Scottish." (the wikipediaSt. Andrews. Andrews golf course in Scotland is considered the spiritual home of golf). {{crossref}} * Jin had a psychological breakdown on the golfcourse, after which the Losties decided to quit golf for a while. {{crossref}} * Sayid meets and kills Mr. Avellino while playing golf on a private course in the Seychelles. {{crossref}} ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaHorseshoes
ImageHorshoe.jpg

* Hurley defeats Sawyer at a game of horseshoes at the barracks due to his superior luck. {{crossref}} ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaI Never
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* Kate and Sawyer played I never. {{crossref}} ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaMouse Trap (board game)
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* Locke demonstrated the game Mouse Trap to a child before catching a glimpse of his mother. {{crossref}} * A Mouse Trap game (box upside down) was seen in front of the window Kate was staring at in the barracks rec room. {{crossref}} *On a Mouse Trap board, every third space contains only the number 23 (really a juxtaposition of 2&3) and every third space contains the numbers 23 ''and'' 4 ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaPing Pong
ImageHurleySawyerPingPong3x14.jpg * A ping-pong table was shown in the Swan station. {{crossref}} * A ping-pong table was mentioned in a notebook read by Kate. {{crossref}} * Sawyer challenged Hurley to a match to win his stash back. Hurley wins the game. {{crossref}} * A match between Sawyer and Hurley is interrupted by Nikki. {{crossref}} * Sawyer plays Jack after his return from the Others' camp, joking that they have to do so every 108 minutes or the island will explode. {{crossref}} ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaPoker
Imagepoker.jpg

* Boone was wearing a T-shirts with 4 aces on it. {{crossref}} * Sawyer, Hurley, Kate, and Jack all engaged in a game of Texas Hold 'Em in which Jack won the medical supplies back from Sawyer. They used the DHARMA Initiative playing cards from the Swan station. {{crossref}} ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaSenet
File6x15Senet.jpg * The Man in Black found a game on the beach that was a variation of Senet. He and Jacob frequently played the game with each other — Jacob using white stones as playing pieces, the Man in Black using black stones. When Jacob laid the dead bodies of Mother and the Man in Black together in the cave, he placed one black and one white stone from the game in a pouch, which he set in his brother's hand. {{crossref}} Centuries later, Jack discovered the Adam and Eve and found the two stones in the pouch. {{crossref}} ="font-size12px; text-align left; vertical-align top; background-color; color " =center |
wikipediaTic-Tac-Toe
File6x05 0068.jpg * Miles and Hurley played multiple games with X's and O's made from twigs and leaves in the Temple. Miles became frustrated and bored by their constant ties. {{crossref}} |} === Minor occurrences === * '''Rugby League/Union''' * A Brisbane Broncos rugby league team poster is seen in Claire and Thomas' apartment. {{crossref}} * The Brisbane Bronco's arch rivals, the North Queensland Cowboys, are seen on an advertisement in the newspaper being read by Jin at Sydney International Airport. {{crossref}} * A Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian National Rugby Union team (Wallabies) and the New Zealand National Rugby Union team (All-Blacks) is shown on the television in the bar Sawyer drinks at with Christian Shephard. {{crossref}} * '''Basketball''' * The patients at Santa Rosa played basketball. {{crossref}} * Kevin Callis wore a NBA Miami Heat logo T-shirts. {{crossref}} * The neighbors across the street of the Reyes' in Hurley's childhood scene were playing basketball. {{crossref}} * Jack and Hurley play a game of HORSE, a variant of basketball, at Santa Rosa. {{crossref}} * '''Pool''' * Sawyer met Kilo at a pool hall. {{crossref}} * Ana Lucia tracked down Jason McCormack in a bar containing a pool table. {{crossref}} * Kate was held prisoner by the Others at the Barracks in a rec room containing a pool table, foosball table, and two pinball machines {{Crossref}} * Efren Salonga is a possible reference to wikipediaEferen "Bata" Reyes"Bata" Reyes, a professional Filipino billiards/pool player.{{Crossref}} * '''Foosball''' * A foosball table was visible (ImageFrainey.jpg) in the toy store breakroom as Frainey visits Locke {{crossref}}, as well as the room in the Barracks where Kate is held prisoner by the Others {{Crossref}} which also contains a pool table and pinball machines. * A foosball table was in the recreation room where Kate was held prisoner by the Others at the Barracks. {{crossref}} * '''Darts''' * A dartboard is also in the Barracks recreation room when Benjamin and Sayid are being held by Locke.{{crossref}} It's pattern is in Black and White. * There is a dartboard and darts in the Swan station which become magnetically attracted towards the electro magnetic force behind the wall of the station at the end of Series 2. * Sawyer calls the Island "'''wikipediaMonkey Island (series)'''," a possible reference to LucasArts' series of computer adventure games. {{crossref}} * Walt was frequently seen playing fetch with Vincent. * Boone is seen wearing an old T-shirts of the wikipediaItaly national football team. {{crossref}} * Ice hockey can be seen played as Hurley quickly surfs between television channels during a flashback. {{crossref}} * Sanjay is apparently playing a video game when Kate arrives at the front desk of the motel. {{crossref}} * Walt played with a Game Boy Advance SP. {{crossref}} * Locke compared the removal of the dynamite to the game Operation. {{crossref}} * Old Scooter Man wore a gambling themed baseball cap. {{crossref}} * A dart board was shown in the Swan station. * Sawyer compared the Swan computer to the video game ''Donkey Kong''. {{crossref}} * While residing at Santa Rosa, Libby is seen seated at a table with a Mancala set in front of her. {{crossref}} * Sawyer boxed in prison. {{crossref}} * Desmond is accidentally struck by a cricket bat. {{crossref}} * Two pinball machines can be seen in the Barracks recreation room. One is the 1999 "Revenge From Mars", the other is the 1988 "Cyclone." When we visit the Barracks later in "LaFleur," purportedly in 1974, the "Cyclone" machine is visible, though it shouldn't even exist yet. * Some residents of the Barracks were playing volleyball at the time of the Purge. {{crossref}} * Keamy is seen on the freighter skeet shooting. {{crossref}} * Sawyer and Hurley played blackjack. {{crossref}} == Recurring themes == ===The "metagame"=== * Desmond warns Jack that Ben and Eloise are playing some kind of game, and that the survivors are just the pieces. {{crossref}} * The interactions between Ben and Widmore are governed by a set of The Rules. {{crossref}} *Jacob's conversation with the Man in Black on the beach suggests that the two are playing by the same rules. {{crossref}} ===Games as a metaphor=== {{quote="I like to use the baseball metaphor which is, you can go to a baseball game and if you don't know a lot about baseball, I think you can enjoy it on one level as a casual viewer and you can enjoy it on a much deeper level as a regular viewer". =Carlton Cuse ="Lost Survivor Guide" }} * '''Operation''' Locke told Jack, "I'm removing the driest pieces to minimize our risk transporting it. You ever play Operation?" * ''Metaphor'' The removal of the dynamite was compared to the tenseness of the game of Operation. * '''Mouse Trap''' Locke said, "One by one, you build the trap; shoe, bucket, tub. Piece by piece it all comes together. And then you wait 'til your opponent lands here on the old cheese wheel. And then if you set it up just right, you spring the trap." * ''Metaphor'' Locke's description of Mouse Trap mirrored the cons and deceptions Locke's father orchestrated to steal Locke's kidney, and in a more general sense, the ongoing con of Locke by the Man in Black, giving him faith in the Island in order to occupy his body and kill Jacob. * '''Poker''' In {{ep}}, Jack pretended to have a great poker hand, but Sawyer didn't believe him. In the same episode, Ben told Locke that he typed in the Numbers into the Swan computer. * ''Metaphor'' Jack's bluffing in Poker was mirrored in his successful ploy to outwit Sawyer, and in Ben's ploy to lie to Locke. * '''Baseball''' Christian Shephard told Sawyer, "You are suffering. But, don't beat yourself up about it. It's fate. Some people are just supposed to suffer. That's why the Red Sox will never win the damn series." * ''Metaphor'' The futility of Sawyer trying to end his own suffering was compared with the futility of the Red Sox trying to win a World Series. (see also Irony) === ''Half-Life'' === Several events allude to the popular PC game series ''http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half-Life_(video_game) Half-Life''.
* Sound bytes are used from ''http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half-Life_2 Half-Life 2'' {{crossref}} When the plane's engine explodes and debris rains down, a man is hit by a piece and the sound produced is virtually identical to that of a http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combine_(Half-Life) Combine soldier dying. The sound of the debris crashing is also identical to that of wood breaking in the game. * Jack Shephard's sightings of his father Christian Shephard {{crossref}}, {{crossref}} watching from a distance, wearing a blue suit, and walking away after a moment strongly resemble the recurring appearances of the http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-Man_(Half-Life) "G-Man" throughout the ''Half-Life'' series. * Richard Alpert's appearance in the window viewing the newborn baby John Locke {{crossref}} is also nearly identical to a typical http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-Man_(Half-Life) G-Man sighting. (It can even be said that Alpert himself bears a strong physical resemblance to a younger G-man.) * Sayid's acquaintances, Yusef and Haddad, are playing the 2001 Playstation 2 version of ''Half-Life'' when he is first introduced to them in their apartment by Essam. {{crossref}} See http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NNyXBpBeZM this fan video for demonstrations. ''http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half-Life_2_Episode_Two Half-Life 2 Episode Two'' also contains a Lost Outside references.28video_game.29. === The Numbers === Some games have references to the Numbers * The objective of Connect Four is to get 4 discs in a row on a plane of 42 holes. * Backgammon consists of two sets of 15 checkers. There are 4 sets of six playable spaces. A die has six numbers on it, the same amount of Numbers there are. The doubling cube has the numbers 4, 8, 16 and 32 on it (which is 23 backwards). The most number of spaces (without being taken out of play) a piece can move if the player is not yet able to take their pieces off the board (which requires all the player's pieces to be in the last six spaces on their side) is 23. * Each player in chess starts with 16 pieces on an 8 by 8 grid. * In the game HORSE, the first two letters earned are H and O, the 8th and 15th letters of the alphabet. === Black and white === ImageModern backgammon set.jpg ImageLockecrossword3.JPG Several games are depicted or described as having black and white elements * Locke specifically describes the pieces on a Backgammon board "One side is light, and one side is dark." The playable spaces on the board also alternate with one being light and one being dark. There are four dice two for the player playing white, which are white with black dots, and two for the player playing black, which are black with white dots. * The pieces on a chess board and the board itself are black and white. * The crossword puzzles are depicted as a grid of black and white squares. == Producers' commentary== * In an interviewhttp//www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20011203_1,00.html with Entertainment Weekly, writer/executive producer Damon Lindelof defended writing decisions for the show using a game-based analogy {{quote=I feel like we're playing a chess game. In the first six moves, we've lost our queen and two bishops, and the audience is saying 'They are the worst chess players in the world!' What they don't realize is that we're nine moves away from checkmating you. If we lose, we lose. But that's the play, and we're standing by it.}} ==See also== *Counter-Strike Source map *The Lost Experience *Myst *Outside references to Lost - by the games PvP Online's Lost Role Playing Game, Ctrl+Alt+Del's parody of Command & Conquer 3, The Impossible Quiz web game, the game "Desert Island" in ''The Office'', Half-Life 2
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