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LA's OK Go releases an iPhone game that has nothing to do with their music: Say the Same Thing

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The new mobile phone app Say the Same Thing delivers on a simple premise: Can you and a friend both say random words, then figure out what those have in common to find the word “in between” those two words? You have to, as the game explains, say the same thing.

The band has a real hipster pedigree — it comes from the minds of Los Angeles’s own OK Go, a band known for their highly choreographed videos which feature everything from offroad driving to a modern Rube Goldberg machine.

Watch the band demonstrating how to play:

For a limited time, you even have the chance to get in line to play a game with members of the band themselves. Here’s your chance to try thinking like a rock star, though sign up quickly — that feature’s about to come to an end.

The game was programmed by OK Go guitarist Andy Ross, who studied computer science and has previously worked as a coder on political site OpenCongress and has been working on apps for the past year, according to the band.

Say the Same Thing had the distinction of being the 50 billionth app downloaded from Apple’s App Store earlier this month, and it’s available for both iPhones and Android phones.

It’s long been a popular warmup game in the improv comedy community in its real-life form, widely known as “mind meld.” Now, local funny people are tweeting game images like this:

The band created a Tumblr for people to share examples of the paths they took to saying the same thing, WeSaidTheSameThing.tumblr.com.

OK Go isn’t just making apps — they have a new album they’re working on that they say will be released either this fall or winter.

Watch TechCrunch’s Anthony Ha play with OK lead singer and guitarist Damian Kulash, along with talking game strategy:

Watch some more of OK Go's signature videos:

Have you downloaded the app? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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