aka: It, Tag, Tig, Tick, Catch
Chasing games probably make up the greatest percentage of active games. This type of game certainly appears to be universally prevalent and popular with children. It is easy to surmise why chase games are so popular and prevalent, but not easy to prove. However, as most games are just ways of learning and practicing skills, it’s possible catch games have been around since the earliest days of humankind as a way of practicing and learning the skills of hunting.
Catch games take a variety of forms, but they all have one thing in common, “to catch other players by some means or other”. ‘Dodge ball’ / ‘knee ball’ games are a sub-form and most ‘Wide Games’ are also based on tag games.