Well, I had a vision when I was twelve. And I saw a man on a flaming pie, and he said, ‘You are the Beatles with an A.’ And so we are.” – John Lennon to CBS, Jan. 20, 1964 (CBS News: Out of a “Flaming Pie” comes the Beatles)
The elephant can be discerned through millions of reflections. The Game’s core is reflected in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, especially as pertains to The Mousetrap: the play within the play. Just as Hamlet’s father’s murder is woven into The Mousetrap, The Game is encoded in movies and television shows. It can be seen in The Addams Family Episode 23: Thing is Missing (1964) and The Monkees Episode 7: Monkees in a Ghost Town (1967).
Here is the game summarized in A Hard Day’s Night (1964).