Never Have I Ever
"Never Have I Ever", also known as "I've Never…" or "Ten Fingers", is a drinking game.
The verbal game is started with the players getting into a circle. Then, the first player says a simple statement starting with "Never have I ever". Anyone who at some point in their lives has done the action that the first player says, must drink. Play then continues around the circle, and the next person makes a statement.
An additional rule – uncommon, but beneficial to the game – is that if there is no one taking a drink, then the one who said the particular "Never have I ever…" must take a drink. This rule often forces the players to strategize more and makes for less disposable/pointless suggestions.
A further variation holds that whenever only one person is drinking, that person must give a detailed account of why they are drinking. Another variation of this game involves putting up five or ten fingers, putting one down whenever something mentioned has been done. Those who end up putting down all of their fingers must take several successive drinks.
Games such as this one "reveal interesting things about the participants and help build friendships", according to one American college student. Players often admit to things that they previously had not. As with Truth or Dare?, the game is often sexual in nature. In some variations, the game may be incorporated into other drinking games, such as Kings.
In popular culture
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The game has been portrayed in many television shows and films including Basketball Wives, The Walking Dead, American Pie, 90210, Beerfest, Being Erica, The Boat That Rocked, Big Brother, Broad City , Degrassi: The Next Generation, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, ER, Family Guy, Frasier, Game of Thrones, Girlfriends,Gossip Girl, Greek, Hell's Kitchen, House of Cards, How I Met Your Mother, The L Word, Lost, Loving Annabelle, The Lying Game, Private Radio, My Mad Fat Diary, One Tree Hill, Outsourced, The Big Bang Theory, The Real World: Las Vegas (2011), Skins, Survivor, The Vampire Diaries, Veronica Mars, Awkward, the Bollywood movie, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and in the 2014 horror film Unfriended. In addition it has also appeared in the video game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The game also plays a fairly prominent role in the 2011 Hallmark film William and Catherine: A Royal Romance, the story of Kate Middleton and Prince William. Beginning as a drinking game with William and his friends at Saint Andrew's in Scotland, the phrase 'never have I ever' appears at various moments in the film, including in loving and poignant ways towards the end of the movie.
This game is also demonstrated in the song "Ten Fingers" by San Francisco hip hop artist and poet, George Watsky.
In 2015 Under the Gun Theater, a Chicago based theater company, created an interactive comedy show based on the party game. This was in response to the closing of their show based on Cards Against Humanity.
- American Alcohol & Drug Information Foundation. Journal of Alcohol & Drug Education: "Ping-pong, endurance, card, and other types of drinking games: are these games of the same feather?". June 1, 2007.
- Kate Prengaman. The Flat Hat: "Ten reasons not to hook up drunk". March 25, 2007.
- Danielle Matsuba, nnnever.com, "Rules for the Never Have I Ever drinking game"
- Blair Bryant Nichols. The Eagle: "Everybody Does It… Superstitions fail to prevent the inevitable". April 12, 2007.
- Cody Ewers. The Collegian: "Beyond Beer Pong". February 28, 2008.
- Bauer, Kelly Cards Against Humanity Puts the Kibosh on Under the Gun's Show: Theater. DNAinfo.com. Retrieved on June 12, 2015.
- Gillard, Caroline Never Have I Ever Improv at Under the Gun Theater. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved on June 12, 2015.