Unfortunately, one of Gossip’s best-known alternative names is “Chinese Whispers”. The word “unfortunately” applies because apparently this name was chosen not because the Chinese invented the game (it’s not clear who did), but because non-Chinese-speaking Westerners used “Chinese” as a synonym for “incomprehensible”.
The obvious unfairness (and equally pertinently for a library, boneheaded stupidity) of disparaging a language simply because you happen to be ignorant of it means that this is not a meme we want to perpetuate.
To be fair, other cultures also routinely use “random language we don’t speak” as a shorthand for “incomprehensible” in this way, but the fact that racism is common in many cultures is no justification for continuing even a relatively harmless manifestation ourselves. Moreover, although the vast majority of people using the name wouldn’t dream of doing so in any hostile fashion, it’s not as though mockery of foreign languages in this way never threatens to turn genuinely nasty, and it’s not as though such incidents come with clear warning labels ahead of time.
Thus, while we acknowledge that the name has been used in the past, and that almost nobody who uses it now does so with any hostile or disrespectful intent, we are advocating against continuing to use it into the future when better, more descriptive alternatives exist without all this baggage.
However, we’ve included this consideration of the question because you should be conscious of it: given the open nature of the library it’s possible you may encounter both people who use the name to refer to the game without knowing the history, and others who are only too aware of it. There’s no reason to assume people who use the name are doing so with racist intent (unless they give other evidence of this), and you should avoid imputing any such malice wherever possible. But if people object to the name, they are not wrong to do so.
Thus, in order to avoid situations where people who are entirely innocent of bad intentions towards each other get into pointless arguments, it’s best to use one of the many other names for the game – and we liked “Gossip”, because of the little parable on information theory the name implies.