So I was talking with a couple of friends and a thought came to mind:
What is the actual difference between gunge and slime?
For me, the difference is purely semantics. It depends on what it’s actually used for. Gunge is “nasty” and slime is “nice”. Even the very names convey this to me somewhat – while slime doesn’t exactly convey something most people would want to be covered with, it doesn’t sound quite as icky as gunge.
As I said before, gunge is the “nasty” one. It’s what gets used as a forfeit, a penalty, a dare or as a method of humiliation. It shows up in TV shows (particularly British ones) where the losers get covered in it and the winners avoid it… mostly. It’s what shows up in shows like GYOB and NHP.
Slime is “nice” by contrast. It’s what gets thrown around liberally, just for the fun of it. It’s not for someone who lost some games or a vote necessarily – it’s inclusive. Sure it’s icky, maybe even disgusting, but it’s more fun than gunge. It’s what Nickelodeon uses 99% of the time.
When it’s used as an obstacle or game feature, it’s dependant on the context of the game really. If it’s a light-hearted show it’s slime, if it’s got a more serious then it’s gunge.
So, what’s your take on it? There’s no real right or wrong answer here, just interpretations.