There is no denying that the fictitious world set by the hit Netflix series Squid Game mirrors the harsh realities of life. The binge-worthy show perfectly encapsulated how capitalist-dominated societies take hold of people at the bottom of the social ladder. In the story, hundreds of cash-strapped contestants play Korea's favourite childhood games at the expense of their own lives.
If you're curious as to which childhood games would probably make it to the Pinoy version of Squid Game, read on to find out what the Tatler team included in the list (including a rating for difficulty level).
1. Pogs: Easy
Origin: The game of Pogs or "milk caps" can be traced to Maui, Hawaii. The game was played in the area sometime in the 1920s and 1930s. Many historical accounts would note that milk manufacturers like Haleakala Dairy and Orchards Hawaii occasionally distributed milk caps as promotional items. In 1971, Haleakala Dairy and Orchards Hawaii used the caps to market their fruit drink called "Pog".
How to play: The flat, circular cardboard milk caps bearing the images of the latest cartoon craze (Dragon Ball, Street Fighter, Sailor Moon, or Pokémon) are used as pato or chosen cards. The main goal is to beat your opponent's bet by landing on the "right" side or flipping your opponent's pog over. If you win, you have all the right to take the loser's pogs.
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