BACKCHATTER

Twitter game with Local No. 12, 2009


Twitter remains an under-utilized platform for games. In its early days, Local No. 12 developed Backchatter, a Twitter game designed for large-scale conferences.

Using Twitter, players place bets on words that they think will appear in tweets containing the hashtag of the conference they are attending. As in horse racing, the more players that bet on a word, the less valuable it becomes when it does appear. A web page keeps track of the game state and coordinates rounds of gameplay. 

We ran BackChatter at several conferences, including Games for Change and the Game Developers Conference. The game server code has been open-sourced and is available online.