As promised, here’s the first installment of the best of my 12 years of Tic Tac Toe feedback emails.
The first email I have:
Date: September 12, 1995
I came upon your page and decided to play a game of Tic Tac Toe.
Your game screwed me over. I was cheated out of my turn three times,
but what’s worse: I lost to a computer. This wouldn’t have been so bad
if I were playing chess or some other high-strategy game, but to lose at
TicTacToe is a real blow to the ego, even if the computer cheated. I’m
Just kidding… I just wanted to let you know your program has a
bug in it.
I think my first true hatemail came on on March 5, 1996
THIS GAME SUCKS! WHAT THE HELL COULD HAVE POSSESSED YOU TO BOTHER
PUTTING THIS CRAP ON THE WEB! MY 6 YEAR-OLD BROTHER DOESN’T EVEN FIND IT
MENTALLY STIMMULATING!IT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-
and then it got worse
This game sucks balls!!!!!!!!!!!
Make a better game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apparently I molded a generation just getting on the internet:
my first time on the internet and i thought that this game was fun
Besides hate mail, the second most popular email theme is students who want the source code. No, I will not do your homework for you.
Subject: Help Needed!
Date: May 10, 1998 10:49:35 AM PDT
I’m a student from a Singapore’s Polytechnic and we are doing a project on
Internet’s Interactive Games. We need to do an online games and I came
across your website with this Tic-Tac-Toe game and is interested in it. Can
you help me? If you are willing to help please let me have a copy of your
Tic-Tac-Toe’s scripts and and instruction on installing it. Thanks a lot
for your help…..
Then it goes back to hate mail
Tic-tac-toe fucken’ sucks you pansie ass bitches!!!!!!
Sorry kids, get used to losing. You’re going to do a lot of it in life, especially you
Date: March 3, 1998
stop cheating and play dumber and stop winning and we’re just kids &
your supposed let us win!
But no matter what the kids say to me, they always want email, so I get stuff like this
Date: March 1, 1998 12:15:06 PM PST
WHY CANT I PLAY TIC TAC TOE?
I WANT TO PLAY NOW BUMSTER
Date: March 1, 1998 12:17:39 PM PST
YOU BETTER WRITE BACK
Yeah, I admit it. I’m “stoupit”.
Subject: i think that suks. you are stoupit to make the computer win every
Date: February 19, 1998 3:01:50 PM PST
time goog by you gerks.
Other letters were cute. Where are you now Syenna?
I like your game against because I have always liked this game. I also
like playing computer the computer most of the time I play this I beat
the computer alot!
. From Syenna Burquitlam B.C.
Iam 8 and a half years old
Iwas born in the year 1989
Read my letter!
213 rounds? And I have too much time on my hands?
Date: December 13, 1997 9:04:42 PM PST
Hi, my comment about your Tic-Tac Toe is;when you make your choice of where you’re gonna put your sy mbol it takes too long for the computer to put it in,and in that time it can see what’s going to happen in that move,so it can beat you every time.I’ve played 213 rounds and I’ve never won once. Sincerely, Amanda G.
I wonder if I still have a chance with BAMBIE.
Date: December 13, 1997 9:32:11 AM PST
I mite let you win sometimes.BUT YOU ARE NOT ALLWOED TO CHEAT BECAUSE I DO
NOT CHEAT. BUY THE WAY HOW OLD ARE YOU ARE YOU SINGLE AND WERE DO YOU
MY NAME IS BAMBIE.
PS. WRITE BACK AT
I’m worried about the restricted internet too!
Date: November 26, 1997 1:03:48 PM PST
I can not acess Tic-Tac-Toe because I am Web restricted. How can I play
without worring About the Internet? Hope you can get me info soon.
I should translate this. I have no idea if I’m being insulted or not.
Subject: von mir
Date: November 6, 1997 4:45:13 PM PST
find ich echt geil, schreibt mal zurück, tschaui, dirk
Yes, I’m sorry you need to be at least 5 feet tall to win, but I love you too.
Date: October 22, 1997 6:51:11 PM PDT
WHY CAN”T I KEVIN WEATHERS 10YEARS OLD 4″6 GO TO TIC TAC
TOE PLEASE WRITE BACK.
Yes, everyone except you, apparently.
Date: October 22, 1997 10:59:00 AM PDT
It’s impossible to win because people are too smart
Rugrats Tic Tac Toe! Why didn’t I think of that first?
Date: August 25, 1997 4:26:25 PM PDT
It was good , but you can put pictures of the rugrats from nickelodeon
please I like them very much.
Perhaps I should start a company for this.
Date: July 24, 1997 2:50:06 PM PDT
dear tic tac toe company,
Sorry Kelly, there’s no man behind the curtain here.
Date: June 14, 1997 1:29:46 PM PDT
HI MY NAME IS KELLY AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU ARE THE PERSON WHO IS
PLAYING TICTAC TOE WITH ME OR IS THE COMPUTER?
Hmm, your job must be really boring.
Date: June 13, 1997 11:45:16 AM PDT
I LOVE IT!!!!! helps the work day out a little.
Bad Dog certainly tells it like it is.
Date: April 15, 1997 6:13:24 AM PDT
Dear Jeff I like your Tic Tac Toe game my favorite board games is Tic
Tac Toe. I was playing the game and I lost And I saw I could send a
letter to you so I am.
Yours Truely Bad Dog
If only playing Tic Tac Toe was the worst thing you could get caught doing on your computer at work these days:
Date: May 22, 1998 12:25:43 PM PDT
I’M NEW AT THIS STUFF. HOW COULD I GET A COPY OF TIC TAC TOE TO PUT ON
MY COMPUTER SINCE WE’RE NOT SUPPOSE TO BE ON THE INTERNET AT WORK. I TRY
TO USE THIS SITE WHEN THE BOSS ISN’T AROUND. ALOT OF PEOPLE HERE USE
I think I struck a nerve with this fellow:
Date: June 19, 1998 2:22:24 PM PDT
DEAR TIC- TAC- TOE YOU STUPID GAME THE COMPUTER WILL WIN YOU STUPID
Lots more to come!