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December 09, 2003

An intense war between a bunch of girls. If you're tired of all this seriousness - why not take time out for a SISSYFIGHT - "an intense war between a bunch of girls who are all out to ruin each other's popularity and self-esteem."

Grab, scratch, tease, cower, tattle and lick your lollipop until you and your new best friend are the only two left standing. Along the way, pause to wonder how a game so simple - and one now bereft of sponsors or funding (god knows who pays the bandwidth bill) - can support such a vibrant and tight-knit community.

SISSYFIGHT was created by Eric Zimmerman - an academic as well as a game designer. Zimmerman started with a set of abstract principles - "a low technology barrier; a game that was easy to learn and play but deep and complex; gameplay that was intrinsically social; and finally, something that was... smart and ironic" - and built the game from there.

After a prototype played with Post-It notes around a board room table, a beta version was launched online with a tester community who eventually became "the core of the game community, easing new players into the game's social space".

Strikingly, that social space has survived the demise of - the site that commissioned and paid for the original version. Sissies now chat on over a dozen bulletin boards - the extracurricular board has over 10,000 posts discussing a world outside sissyfight, for example. They enforce an honor code, shun cheats and trolls, and regulate disputes. They also get together in real life - at so called sissy meats and I wouldn't be surprised if there are sissy couples (with sissy offspring) bitching at each other around the world as we speak.

So what's the meaning of this world that's built up round a gaggle of vicious cartoon avatars? If you've never played, you'll have to join in to find out... And if you meet a sissy, do what I do - cower!
David Steven @ December 9, 2003 10:30 PM

Comments (47)
hah, who knew there'd be an article on our little community? Very interesting indeed!
allzpalz @ December 10, 2003 02:16 AM
Wow, I'm a celebrity. I would have never thought this would happen. It's a great site though.
Hyper2001 @ December 10, 2003 02:24 AM
Of course, shunning cheats and trolls doesn't mean they go away. ;)
Alysan @ December 10, 2003 03:11 AM
Great description of our game and our message boards! :)

Everyone should come plaaaaay!
Jeanie @ December 10, 2003 03:20 AM
A truly wonderful site with a very unique community, stop by for a visit. They welcome you with open arms!(most of them do, the ones that don't....well its not a loss)

Wonderful article and site!
a non e mouse @ December 10, 2003 03:29 AM
Great article. Come n visit. Tis a blast here.

(Hyper double posts outside the boards as well, I see.)
tripinthehed @ December 10, 2003 03:47 AM
im NOT gonna double post! so haha.

but yea come join us :P im not a mean dragon
Hex241 @ December 10, 2003 04:05 AM
im NOT gonna double post! so haha.

but yea come join us :P im not a mean dragon
Hex241 @ December 10, 2003 04:05 AM
omg i did...i should stop jinxing myself...arg *runs*
Hex241 @ December 10, 2003 04:06 AM

Yeah, Sissyfight rocks. I miss it.
It's also addictive, which is why I am on a BREAK.

On a break, can't go back... *slaps self*
modesta @ December 10, 2003 04:30 AM
You're right Hex, you didn't double post, you TRIPPPLE posted!

Anyways for any of you guys reading this thinking about comming out to our site, for sure come and check it out, its awesome. Just be careful not to get your ass kicked.
cocome @ December 10, 2003 04:47 AM
I LOVE sissyfight because people actually like me there !!!!

* HUGS *
Crappy Meal @ December 10, 2003 05:45 AM
Yup, it's all true. I've played since May, 2000, and have made a lot of friends. It's a community where age/sex/location/creed/color/whatever just doesn't matter much. We're all silly little cartoon girls, and we'll scratch eachother ruthlessly while chatting about everything and nothing.

That's one of the key things about SissyFight, by the way -- the fact that you can type in your cartoon thought bubble, and communicate in real time with your opponents. You wind up sharing a lot of info with the folks you play regularly. Some very firm friendships have been formed. And I can think of a few couples who met through sissyfight and are now married.

I've met more than 75 sissies in real life, from Canada, many different US states, the UK and Belgium. And they were all pretty much the same as they are in the game: witty, fun, intelligent, silly.

It's a great community, populated with people who care about each other (as well as a few cheats, trolls, racists, homophobes, and all-round poopyheads).
Crabbygal @ December 10, 2003 06:08 AM
oops i missed two countries in my list of sissies I've met: Mexico and Holland. :)
Crabbygal @ December 10, 2003 06:11 AM
That is a really great article, David. It describes our community so well!

Sissyfight is so much more than a silly game with silly moves. Come check it out yall!
Happy Meal @ December 10, 2003 11:00 AM
Ummmm, I probably shouldn't post my comments might scare them away! Welcome newbies...maybe I will have some friends NOW! Fat chance in hell! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Meggyanna @ December 10, 2003 11:03 AM
Hi, my name is Auntie Ethal

I have been a sissy fighter for 3 years, and it is the best lil community on the net as far as I am concerned.

We have good, we have evil, we have silly we have serious. It is a real community in that it is almost entirely self policed - although sometimes frustrating it really makes the place a lot stronger, and different from most places on the net.

If you come over, don’t be put off if you see some idiots running about, its one of those places that you need to dig a little deeper to get the true meaning of the community. Once you start making friends on the site, that is where the real magic starts, and why I keep going back there 3 years later. I have met a number of sissys at sissy meats, and we a very diverse cross section of people.

Crabby girl really IS a crab btw. If you meet her on the playground be sure to boil up a pot and pop her in *winks*

Auntie Ethal @ December 10, 2003 11:30 AM
Anyone know how many sissies there are? How many fights get fought in the average day?
David Steven @ December 10, 2003 12:08 PM
definately come and pay us a visit, you're bound to run into one or two nice sissies eventualy :P

I'm not completely sure there are about 30000 registered sissies,however a lot of these are either double accounts (socks) or players who only tried the game for a couple of weeks and left again, I'd think there are about 500-1000 active sissies and this number seems to stay more or less constant

as for the number of games played per day... uhm I'd guess somewhere between 100-200 (but I could be completely wrong here...)
Ayala @ December 10, 2003 01:08 PM
Wow, that was a great article. I'm not one of the oldies of the site, but the comunity is so tight and nice that it really just makes you want to stick around and become one of the oldies.
ikura @ December 10, 2003 02:50 PM
Wow, that was a great article. I'm not one of the oldies of the site, but the comunity is so tight and nice that it really just makes you want to stick around and become one of the oldies.
ikura @ December 10, 2003 02:51 PM
If you do decide to come join our little community, please remember our unofficial golden rule: Don't hurt lilslut.
lilslut @ December 10, 2003 03:09 PM
I'm trying to picture a prototype played with post-its and that's making me giggle.
kinnie @ December 10, 2003 03:15 PM
Yea... i want the play at home post-it note version too!
sinatra @ December 10, 2003 04:26 PM
If anyone reading this is curious and wants to give it a go, by all means, come! The boards and the game are two seperate worlds, though. If you don't like the boards, at least give the game a try and vice versa. Also remember -- if you play the will lose. You will lose many of your first games. It happens. Don't let it put you off of it.
We need more cool people.
tripinthehed @ December 10, 2003 04:28 PM
Don't eat the brown lollies!!
gwendolyn @ December 10, 2003 04:35 PM
Yea only Gwen is allowed to eat the brown lollies and the yellow lollies.

According to a lunchroom post made by £ 599:33, there are 2016 games played a day. And there must be at least 2500 regs because of the top 2500 board.

cocome @ December 10, 2003 05:06 PM
I've only been on sissy for 9 months, but in those 9 months I have made so many friends and such a good time that it feels like I've been there forever. It's a great community to be a part of.
Grey Street @ December 10, 2003 05:23 PM

it beats drinking lighter fluid.

I would like to know the Prime Minister's stance on Rubber Walrus Protectors and how he will addresss cheap knock-offs made in Belgium.

with regards,
s.k. esq.
spooky kid @ December 10, 2003 05:35 PM

it beats drinking lighter fluid.

I would like to know the Prime Minister's stance on Rubber Walrus Protectors and how he will addresss cheap knock-offs made in Belgium. I personally feel that right-minded people are sick and tired of being told how sick and tired they are of being sick and tired about being sick and tired. AND WHAT ABOUT THE MELON?!? *spooky dragged away by the gentlemen in white*

with regards,
s.k. esq.
spooky kid @ December 10, 2003 05:38 PM
I've only been playing for ~6mos, and on the boards for a couple. Wonderful people are on this site. If you have a good personality, you'll find alot of fun here!
Come join in!!
Shaquiqua @ December 10, 2003 05:42 PM
Whey! :) Great article, it really does describe us very well :D

I doubt there are actually 2,500 regs though as you only need 30 or so games to get on the top 2500.

We'd love more cool regs! Come join us :D
boris j @ December 10, 2003 09:09 PM
I have been playing on the playground for about 3 years. In that time, I have met some absolutely wonderful people. What impresses me the most about this game is that it brings together people from all over the world, people of all races, ages and religious backgrounds. 99% of the people there are interesting, well mannered, and actual do care about each other. I did not know there were so many decent kind people in the world, until that one fateful day when I took a wrong turn and stumbled onto the playground.
Evul Twin @ December 10, 2003 09:13 PM
Best game ever!
Shadowessa @ December 10, 2003 10:57 PM
definately the friendliest community ive seen

verrrrry addictive ive been on for about 2 years
mikaila @ December 11, 2003 12:47 AM
Great article! Sissyfight is a very fun place. It is addicting and you do meet MANY awesome people. I feel very close to quite a few sissys. I hope it is something that will be around for a very long time. I have almost pee'd my panties many times from laughing so hard in some games. Fun to be had..come play!!!
tit baby @ December 11, 2003 01:06 AM
yay! we're famous.

come along and join all the crazy people.
roochie @ December 11, 2003 02:12 PM
10/22/03 - HONOR CODE UPDATE The Honor Code has been updated with new rules about fair play and unauthorized access, and some clarifications in other rules. Please check it out. Attempts to disrupt the Sissyfight community and harass players will not be tolerated! You must be at least 42 years of age to particapate
jhon @ December 11, 2003 05:42 PM
TIP: when you are playing a game on the playground DON'T press the F5 key! some people will try to get you to press F5 by telling you you will get a free box of choklit ponies if you do! don't listen! it'll close the window your game is played in and you will lose the game... watch out!

Contr!ckster @ December 11, 2003 10:19 PM
I want to know what David Steven's sissy name is. Given that people reading this article probably aren't teenybopper 12 year olds (which the site definitely has it's share of), come join!
loohszeeh @ December 12, 2003 02:43 AM
Sissyfighter since early april 2000. Great game and good crowd. Stop by and check it out.

jimihendrix @ December 12, 2003 01:17 PM
Great article! It's great to see sissyfight getting some attention. I've been playing it off and on for 2 years, and it's great fun. The boards are something else too.

Hope to see ya there!
D. Hunter @ December 14, 2003 07:24 AM
You just gotta check it out! It's a hoot:O)
Public Sissy @ December 14, 2003 11:49 AM
You just gotta check it out! It's a hoot:O)
Public Sissy @ December 14, 2003 11:49 AM
heh, ya games pretty cool. Someone should do a story on the kids who make this game their life, ala' EverQuest style. The drama, fights, gangs and what not.
mikeone @ December 19, 2003 03:33 PM
I've been at the site for about six months, now, and have made some good friends, and have been introducing people to the site like mad.

I hope all ya'll reading this now come to check it out.

Hugs and fishsticks,
Stupid Ass @ December 19, 2003 03:54 PM
It can be a fun community but if you're easily offended by those who go out of their way to be controversial and offensive or frustrated by a lack of action from admin that tolerates such behaviour, then it's probably not the place to be.

Currently, we have someone who thinks that those that died in the Hillsborough disaster were either drunk or too stupid to live (even the 10 year old kids). The same person thinks that hostages who show fear and upset are somehow wusses.

So yeah, if that kind of thing annoys you, don't come over because if you say 1 word against such posts, you're the one forced to edit whilst those more offensive kind of comments are deemed acceptable.

Fortunately, idiots like that are in the minority and there are also many fine,funny,intelligent people there but it's like an unmanaged gardens. There may be beautiful flowers all around but every once in a while you can't help but see a pile of dog crap.
DR J @ July 8, 2004 01:28 AM

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