Thanks to all of you, SiSSYFiGHT is coming back!

Three of the original SiSSYFiGHT creators - Ranjit Bhatnagar, Naomi Clark, and Eric Zimmerman - are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to re-launch SiSSYFiGHT.

Funds from the Kickstarter will be used to re-code the entire game to update it for today's web browsers. Indie gaming website Venus Patrol will be hosting the game. We are also releasing the entire source code under a Creative Commons license. You can read more about the effort - and make a contribution - here on the Kickstarter page.

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See you soon on the playground - we hope!
- Cassie, Claudia, and Pug (Ranjit, Naomi, and Eric)


September 18: We have decided not to develop any 'official' message boards alongside the game and to leave that social aspect in the hands of the community. A team of volunteers has stepped up and done just that, so go chat with your fellow sissies over on The (unofficial) SiSSYFiGHT 2000 Message Boards.

May 25: To celebrate our progress on the kickstarter, we're releasing some art and code from the old game! Yes, we're gonna put it all out there soon, but we got impatient!

MUSIC Remember the great little music snippets in the game? Those were all created by Lem Jay Ignacio, and really helped to give each of the three schools its own personality. Here they are in mp3 format:

You can download them all in a zip file:

CODE Ever wonder exactly how the server used to decide whether a grab would stop a tattle, or when being scratched keeps you from licking your lolly? It's all in here - if you can read fairly old-fashioned java code. When we release the whole game to open source, we'll do our best to explain this code in more detail, as well as rewriting it in a more modern language - but for now, here's the turn resolution code, in plain text or with syntax highlighting. And a snippet for those of you who don't need to see the whole thing:

	  // is target cowering? and cower isn't already resolved (used up)?
	  if ( && ! {
	    // log a scene 4: cowering from grab
	    narrative.add(new SissyfightGameNarration(
	      4," tried to grab "" but she cowered away.",

	    // both the original cower and this grab have been resolved.
	    act.resolved = true; = true;

ART Here's the original backgrounds to the three school playgrounds. Much, much more to come.

(Click for full size)


May 17: We hosted a SiSSYFiGHT play session live on ! We played a few rounds of sissyfight on the creaky old game, and answered questions for viewers. You can watch a video of the session at

The Kickstarter campaign is underway, and so far so good! Thanks everyone for the support. Help spread the word! If we make our target, we announce some exciting stretch goals to expand the game.

We've been getting some excellent press on SiSSYFiGHT. It seems the cultural politics of little girls fighting on a playground are just as controversial today as they were in 1999! Have a read.

Game developers revive Sissyfight as an open-source online game about sexism
- Dean Takashi, Venturebeat
Sissyfight is an uncomfortable lesson in gender representation, bullying, and social survival
- Sophie Prell, Penny Arcade
Sissyfight is the perfect kickstarter for those who wish to be mean little girls on the playground
- Matt Hawkins, gameranx
SiSSYFiGHT 2000 to return to the debate about sexism
- Chris Priestman, Indie Statik
A brand new kickstarter for a quirky old game called SiSSYFiGHT 2000
- Allisa James, DualShockers
Return of a revolution: Sissyfight is back
- Leigh Alexander, Gamasutra
Who's up for a SiSSYFiGHT?
- Benjy Bates, Fund This Game
Reviving and open-sourcing Sissyfight 2000, the psychological schoolyard web game
- Samit Sarkar, Polygon

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