Subject: Age Discrimination

We recently received this email from a distraught tak-tak fan:

I couldn’t help but notice that you’re game is discriminatory to those above 108 years old. As a college educated male with much of his life ahead of him, i hope to enjoy tak-tak when i am 109 years old, but thanks to your restrictive guidelines, i will not be able to. I can think of nothing else that it is my 109th birthday and I am no longer qualified to play tak-tak. But then i can’t help but think that you are responsible for my sorrow with such exclusive requirements to your board game!! Shame on you sirs!! And i fully expect a reply in a fortnight or less!!!

Jason


We did our best to allay his fears:

Dear Jason,

The Twizmo Games Company deeply regrets any emotional, physical or spiritual distress that the age recommendation on our tak-tak game product may have caused you.  While at the core of this issue there lies an oversight with the printing of the label (further details below), we at Twizmo Games sincerely believe that 109 year olds should not be playing this game.

First, let me show you what the label recommendation should have looked like:

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We were quite dismayed when we first saw, that through an oversight in the manufacturing process, this final version label was not applied to the inventory we received.  Instead, we got the warning you saw that made it look like we thought anyone older than 108 should not play.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  We sincerely believe that anyone up to 108 will enjoy many hours of competitive fun with tak-tak.  We also believe that anyone 110 or older can happily play for the rest of their lives.  It is really just 109 year olds that we recommend refrain from playing this (or, quite honestly, any other) game.   You see, study after study has shown that 109 year olds are at that awkward stage in life where they have gained a confidence that comes with being older than 99.9% of the population but they have not yet developed the temperament, patience or maturity to deal with this new found age status.  Reports of boards being flipped over, pieces being thrown and rampant cheating are all too common for this thin age demographic.  It’s best to take games and toys away during this developmental stage.  Any elder care professional will tell you that the “Terrible Two’s” have nothing on the “Horrible Hundred & Nines”.

I hope this explains our position to your satisfaction.  This restriction really is for the good of the player as well as the community as a whole.  Just know that when you reach 109, it will be a short 12 month break and then you will be back at  moving those pieces across the board again!

On a less serious note, along with it’s previous accolades, tak-tak has just won a recommendation from American MENSA!

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I hope you have many years of play ahead of you apart from this very brief break!

Twizmo! Games