The idea came one cold evening, as I sat in my living room pondering the internet and the direction it was moving in, when an old roommate brought to my attention a game he had been playing the prior evening with some of his friends. The game was exactly this one – Broken Picture Telephone.
That example of Broken Picture Telephone you see on the front? That was the very game my old roommate and his friends had played with each other. A simple Ninja fighting a pirate had transmogrified into three people dancing for a taco.
I knew I had to be a part of this.
The following day as I sat in a coffee shop in Seattle, drinking a fine Latte, the idea came to me that this delightful and whimsical game could easily be translated into an online version, and the best part of all – the entire world could take part. I jotted some ideas in my head, and then returned to reading my book.
That evening I checked to see if BrokenPictureTelephone.com would be taken. Thankfully, I am guessing that the companies which manufacture picture telephones are doing their job, and quite well, because brokenpicturetelephone.com was completely free for the taking.
And take it I did.
A year and a half later, Broken Picture Telephone exploded – not only in popularity, but the database literally exploded. Never had it been meant to cope with so much traffic, that the website became unreliable, slow and painful.
This prompted a rapid-rebuild, this time fixing all the errors from the last iteration but also providing some much-demanded features. With the help of strangers from around the internet, I launched this site once more.
This is the site. I hope you like it.
Honorable Mention Goes to the Following People:
An extra thanks to those who have helped support BPT with their donations:
Scott Powers – http://www.webdisaster.net,
Thierry Mellon – http://www.cavalierseul.com,
Jonathan Moosekian – http://www.moosekian.net,
Carin Perilloux – http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/students/Perilloux/,
Neil Godwin – http://twitter.com/nsgodwin
Jessamyn – http://www.jessamyn.com
Stacy Hall – http://www.mitchellrose.com
Rob Keenan – http://twitter.com/grammarcop
…and to all the donors who have asked to remain anonymous