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Whamageddon is a game played during the Christmas season where the player has to go from the 1st of December to midnight on the 24th of December without listening to "Last Christmas" by Wham!. If the player hears the song between the 1st and midnight on the 24th, they are out of the game and have to post "#Whamageddon" on social media to indicate that they are no longer in the game and that they have lost. The exceptions to this game are that the player can only listen to remixes and cover versions of the song. Whilst not encouraged on the website, but technically still a part of the rules, a player can send another player the song, or play it to them so that the other player loses the game, although Whamageddon is described as a 'Survival game', as opposed to a 'Battle royale game'.
One of the earliest versions of Whamageddon appeared on online internet forum GTPlanet in 2010, under the name "GTPlanet vs. Wham! - Last Christmas". The rules are nearly the same, apart from the game having no defined start date and ending at midnight on 31 December, and the presence of the song within the discussion thread itself being prohibited. Comments from the site's users indicate the game had been played previously on other sites, so it's unlikely that this was the genesis.
In 2016, a Facebook page was created for Whamageddon under its new name and revised dates that the player takes part from. In 2017, the game gained a small amount of publicity on Boing Boing and Lifehacker. In December 2018, British stand-up comedian, Romesh Ranganathan posted a tweet explaining the rules of Whamageddon to his 416,000+ Twitter followers. Because of Romesh's tweet, mainstream and local news websites online also picked up on the popularity of the game.
Rules adapted from the official website of Whamageddon.
- The player must go as long as possible without hearing Wham!'s Christmas song, "Last Christmas"
- The game starts on the 1st of December and ends midnight of the 24th of December
- Only the original version of "Last Christmas" applies, the player can listen to remixes and covers of the song
- The player is out as soon as they recognise the original version of the song
- The player must post "#Whamageddon" on social media as soon as they lose the game
- Players can play on a "player vs player" if they wish, by sending links to the song to friends to try and get them out of the game, yet it is not encouraged
- Playing "Last Christmas" outside another competitors house is considered dastardley and should be avoided.
The Pogues variation
There is another variation of this game, based on another Christmas song, "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues. The game originated on Twitter in 2016 and has increased in popularity since the start of Whamageddon. The only rules that apply to this version of the game is no "Poguerolling" (sending the link to friends online intentionally). The player is out as soon as they recognise the song and accidentally hear it, whether it is in a supermarket or on the radio, or in another public place, for example.
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