= I =
initgame /in-it'gaym/ n.
[IRC] An IRC version of
the trivia game "Botticelli", in which one user changes his
nick to the initials of a famous person or other named entity,
and the others on the channel ask yes or no questions, with the one
to guess the person getting to be "it" next. As a courtesy, the
one picking the initials starts by providing a 4-letter hint of the
form sex, nationality, life-status, reality-status. For example,
MAAR means "Male, American, Alive, Real" (as opposed to
"fictional"). Initgame can be surprisingly addictive. See also
[1996 update: a recognizable version of the initgame has become a
staple of some radio talk shows in the U.S. We had it first! - ESR]
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.