Kevin Bacon, Six Degrees, and Connections

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If a Kevin Bacon movie marathon is not enough to satisfy your cravings for this fine actor, then you should definitely play this board game that’s based on him! Known as the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, this pastime activity can provide hours of fun for any die-hard Kevin Bacon fans. Check out this short post to learn more about this parlor game. What it’s About The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, or sometimes called the Bacon Game, was based on the “six degrees of separation” concept that any two people are acquainted six or fewer links apart. In this case, the American actor/musician was believed to have worked with everyone in Hollywood in some way or another. According to Brian Turtle, the creator of the game, the idea flashed while watching “Footloose” on TV, along with two other Kevin Bacon films that were played consecutively after it. This got Brian and his friends thinking that Kevin Bacon must have become the center of the entertainment universe. (Reference) 20 years has passed since the birth of the game, many people are still enjoy participating in the activity, especially the quick-thinking movie buffs. How to Play So how is the game played? Players first follow a dice-rolling process and take turns providing a name of an actor to their opponent. Their opponent, in turn, should think of the shortest path possible between the given actor and Kevin Bacon. Then, he or she may either come up with other actors or actresses with whom that given actor may have worked with in a movie. Or if the player is good enough, he or she may connect the actors name directly to Kevin Bacon, which could be made possible by a deck of cards that offers hints. The player then repeats the cycle of connecting actors to one another through movies starred in until he or she arrives with a way to connect that latest connected actors name with Kevin Bacon. The catch, of course, is that the connection must be done within six turns or lower. Here’s an example. Try to connect Will Smith with Kevin Bacon. Then, one could start by saying:

  1. Will Smith and Jon Voight both starred in “Enemy of the State”
  2. Jon Voight, on the other hand, starred with Burt Reynolds in “Deliverance”
  3. Burt Reynolds, along with Demi Moore, appeared in “Strip Tease”
  4. Finally, Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon starred in “A few good men”

This example shows that it can be done in 4 degrees or steps. But of course, others may come up with a much shorter or longer degree. The Wrap Up The game may sound difficult, but it is actually fun since there are times when a player needs to defend an associated actor or actress, thus requiring some “convincing”. Consequently, the players may find themselves laughing over the explanation. The real challenge of the game, however, was not the pressure of coming up with the shortest possible connections, but thinking quickly and recalling the movies that you have watched before. A vast knowledge with different films, as well as being familiar with its pool of actors and actresses, can be a big advantage. So before you challenge your family, friends, and colleagues in this game of wits, make sure that you have binge-watched a lot of Kevin Bacon films.

Description by (Amazon.com)  If your reaction to this game's title is "Kevin who?" you might steer clear of this faddish but popular trivia game. On the other hand, if you're a quick-thinking movie buff and know exactly who this tall, angular star of such movies as Footloose and A Few Good Men is, you'll probably enjoy Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
Description by (Amazon.com)
If your reaction to this game’s title is “Kevin who?” you might steer clear of this faddish but popular trivia game. On the other hand, if you’re a quick-thinking movie buff and know exactly who this tall, angular star of such movies as Footloose and A Few Good Men is, you’ll probably enjoy Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

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