Would you rather

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"Would you rather" is a conversation or party game that poses a dilemma in the form of a question beginning with "would you rather". The dilemma can be between two supposedly good options, such as, "Would you rather have the power of flight or the power of invisibility?", two attractive choices such as "Would you rather have money or have fame?", or it can be between two supposedly bad options, for example, "Would you rather sleep with your best friend's lover or your lover's best friend?" The players, sometimes including the questioner, then must choose their answers. Answering "neither" or "both" is against the rules. This leads the players to debate their rationales.

Any number of players are invited to contribute to the game. One way to play is a drinking game, in which those who chose the unpopular option must drink. For example, if when asked "Would you rather sleep with your best friend's lover or your lover's best friend?", more people decide they would prefer to sleep with their best friend's lover than their lover's best friend, then all those that said they would rather sleep with their lover's best friend would then have to drink.[1]

There are many variants of the game online which also catering for the mobile market. Among others in the UK there is the mobile friendly version Would You Rather In December 2011, BBC America premiered a television show based on the game, titled Would You Rather...? with Graham Norton.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

The game is played on the TV shows Family Guy, Extras and Zoey 101 episode "Lola Likes Chase", the podcasts Comedy Bang! Bang! and Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, and in the 2012 horror film Would You Rather.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Would You Rather". Never Have Ever.
  2. ^ "Would You Rather...? with Graham Norton". BBC America. Retrieved 19 November 2011.