They Get Everything First

Joi Ito describes a trendy game people play in Japan — address book Russian roulette:

There are three people: two players and a judge. The two players pick someone from their address books and reveal them to each other simultaneously. The judge decides which one is more famous or important. The loser has to shred the business card or in the case of mobile phones, delete that entry from the address book. It’s quite funny because you try to play important people to beat the other person, but if you lose, you lose a valuable phone number.

He calls it “address book poker”, but it sounds a lot more like Russian roulette to me. I wonder how long it will take for this to hit the States…