UNO: a game of culture

Someone says something mean? Just say reverse card and you get the last laugh.

Someone says something mean? Just say reverse card and you get the last laugh.

Claire Maloney, Web Editor

UNO is a game of culture to say the very least. Not only is UNO fun for all ages, it’s so easy to bring with you everywhere you go. Call me crazy, but UNO is the epitome of a perfect game. Its simple rules make it fun and easy to play. However, what really makes this epic game shine is the culture and history behind it. Everyone and their mother has heard of UNO before; it’s a household game to say the least. It has been blessing our shelves since 1971 when it was first released. They have even created countless more versions since then and even came out with DOS.


The reason UNO is such a standout game is because you don’t just partake in a round for fun; instead, you play to destroy your friends and family and you won’t stop until they have 32 cards in their hand. UNO brings out the competitive side of everyone but in the best way possible. There isn’t a whole lot of skill used in UNO; it’s mainly luck of the draw and common sense, meaning it’s anyone’s game. Everyone can have a turn at winning, making it a game night essential. Aside from being one of the most fun games ever created, it’s also a game of class, a game of character. Everyone has to play at least once in their life. Slang like ‘reverse card’ became really popular and if someone can’t wrap their head around some of those references, it is fair to say they live under a rock.


The moral of the story is simple: UNO is about a lot more than just a card game. It has brought us culture in the form of slang, entertainment in the form of competition, and bliss in the form of a deck of cards. It truly is a splendid game everyone needs to play and own.