The Batsu Game is one of the most well-known segments in Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!, going back to the show’s debut in 1989 and continues in spirit to this day in the form of the annual No-Laughing Batsu Game. In Japanese, batsu (罰) means “penalty”, and a batsu game is played by the losers of competitions who have to perform certain tasks and achieve certain objectives. Penalty is a common element in Japanese game shows such as Gaki no Tsukai.