Is it common to say "I'm game" in place of "I'm in" or "Count me in"?
Is it used often in American English?
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They have slightly different meanings. As far as usage, there is this:
"I am in" - I will participate / I am participating.
"I am game" - I will participate (the subject is very confident about it but not yet in)
"Count me in" - you can rely on the subject's participation (suportive)
(I had to get them separately because ngram wouldn't show them together)
I hope it helps.
No it is not, all three has 3 different meanings.
In other context "I am game" also means that you want to participate in some task or you're agreeing to an offer, some meeting, some outing/party etc. This kinda started when people used to play cards, and its your turn to put the money on game. So by saying, "I am still gaming" you put the money on table, and sends the confirmation that you're still in game and you're not out of money, Which in daily speaking English became, "I am game" means you want to participate