Games & Icebreakers, Up-Front Games

Battle of the Generations


Note: This game works best with some sort of screen projection (a video projector is best, but even overhead projectors could work). If you don’t have access to a projector, no worries; you’ll just have to use questions without visuals.

This is a great “Up Front Game” for parents or adult leaders to square off against students. We did it with our adult leaders. A group of 4 students and 4 adult leaders (8 total) were chosen at the opening of our event. They came up on stage and were read the rules. Adult leader “A” would play against Student “A.” Adult leader “B” would square off against Student “B” and so on.

The game leader then reads a question to “Adult Leader A” that has to do with today’s generation. The adult leader must get it right, or risk a pie in the face. Let’s say the adult leader gets it right, the game leader would then read a question to “Student A” about the adult leader’s generation (usually the 70’s). The student must get it right or risk a pie in the face.

Now, let’s say that the adult leader gets the question wrong. The student squaring off against him MUST know the right answer to be able to pie the adult leader in the face. The same is true for the student. (This kind of operates like volleyball… you have to be in control to score.)

Here’s an example of how the game is played: One question the game leader asked “Student A” was, “What kind of jacket is pictured here?” (On the screen we had the ever-so-sought-after Member’s Only brand name jacket pictured.) “Student A” missed the question and was at risk of being pied in the face. However, “Adult Leader A” also missed the question, so nothing happened.

For the exact same competitors, the tables were turned. The game leader asked “Adult Leader A”, “Exactly which game console is pictured here?” (On the screen we had a Nintendo 3DS pictured.) The adult leader did NOT know the answer, but the student did! The student gets to pie the adult leader, BUT NOT YET!!!

This process repeats for the other three competitors. A suggestion: save all of the pies until the end. If both “Adult Leader A” and “Student A” are supposed to get pied, you don’t want one of them to have to make a bathroom run in the middle of your game to get cleaned up enough to pie someone else in the face. Save all of the consequences for the end.

If you decide to develop your own questions, it’s fun to get some kids to help you develop them. Just make sure that it’s no one that will be involved playing the game.

Here are some suggestions for VISUAL QUESTIONS for each generation:


      1. Specifically, which game console is pictured here? (Nintendo 3DS)


      1. What is the name of this band? (Black Eyed Peas)


      1. What is the name of this comedian? (Borat)


      1. In IM or text messaging, BRB, PIR, and TTYL are each short for something. What? (Be Right Back, Parent in Room, and Talk To You Later… see for more examples)


      1. Who is this celebrity? (Goldie Hawn)


      1. What was the name of this TV show starring Tom Selleck? (Magnum PI)


      1. What is the name of this “hunk” from the early 80’s? (Scott Baio)


    1. What brand name jacket is pictured here? (Member’s Only)

If you don’t have a projector, here are some suggestions for NON-VISUAL QUESTIONS for each generation:


      1. What is the name of the squirrel on Sponge Bob Square Pants (Sandy)


      1. What is the actor’s name who stars as Peeta in the movie “The Hunger Games”? (Josh Hutcherson)


      1. What is the title of the most recent “Twilight” movie released?


      1. In the movie Napoleon Dynamite, where does the Nurse keep her Chapsticks? (in her top drawer)


      1. What fast food company ran the commercial with the old lady yelling WHERE’S THE BEEF? (Wendy’s)


      1. According to the song by Tommy Tutone in 1982, what is Jenny’s phone # (867-5309)


      1. Ginger, Professor, and MaryAnn all could be found on…? (Gilligan’s Island)


    1. What 80’s fashion style am I describing? “Business in the front, party in the back.” (the Mullet)

HELPFUL HINTS: You might want to design your questions for the age group of the adults that will be playing. The above questions are geared toward someone born in the 1960’s or 1970’s.

I don’t know why, but in most crowds, you’ll have a few people that love to yell out the answers. Warn the crowd not to do it. I usually set the stage for a kid to be embarrassed if he decides to yell out something. I might do this by saying, “Now every time we play this game, we have people that try to prove their intelligence by yelling out answers. Guess what? The questions are easy! So you aren’t proving anything by yelling it out. So don’t!” Then let the crowd know that if they yell out the answers, they will lose points.


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.


  1. Lee
    June 24, 2011 at 12:00 am

    We did this on a parent-youth night and the families are still talking about it! We’re planning on doing another one (with different questions) for our next event.

  2. Kvisa
    November 14, 2016 at 12:00 am

    found it hard to keep the audience involved the whole time

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