Doodle or Die

Doodle or Die

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Doodle or Die is a online game created by Dylan Green (aka Nordcore on Reddit) and Aaron Silverman, with help from Dan Noble and Garrett Miller[1]. Self-described as “the game of telephone with drawings,” Doodle or Die allows users to create chains of drawings and captions with other users.


Doodle or Die was originally created for a 48-hour Node.js coding contest called Node.js Knockout[3] in September 2011. According to Green, the game was created in 8 hours. It won the prize for Utility or Fun when the results were announced on September 16th.


During the Knockout competition, they claimed to have over 10,000 players.[8] Doodle or Die has a global Alexa[9] rank of 2,191,842 and a US rank of 360,622.


The sub-Reddit[2] for the game describes gameplay as follows:

Person A: Draws any picture they like
Person B: Captions picture
Person C: Draws picture based only off words in Person B’s caption
Person D: Captions new picture



A Doodle or Die sub-Reddit[2] was created on September 14th to showcase the greatest and most amusing chains found within the game. The same day, co-designer Dylan Greene made an IAMA thread[5], also on Reddit.

Posts featuring notable responses on Doodle or Die are often posted on Tumblr[6] while threads with them have been posted on 4chan’s /v/ (video game) board[7]. Apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices are in the works.

Doodle or Die has been popular on gaming forums such as NeoGAF[10], Facepunch[11], and Kongregate.[12] It was also covered by USA Today’s PopCandy.[13]


Early on in the website’s lifespan, it became popular to suddenly change the topic of a thread by either writing or drawing “shark tits”. Users were easily angered by the spontaneity and undesirable obscenity of the idea, and butthurt quickly followed.

Search Interest

Search for Doodle or Die began in September 2011, the same month of its creation.


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This game is pretty fun. Be warned, though, that certain chains are being plagued with an animation of a furry sucking a cock. How that is even possible, we’ll never know. Dylan Green should do something about this.


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