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23 articles tagged as games

My plan to play more games in 2014 has gone quiet well so far. In addition to the chess tournament¬†in January, I’ve been able to play a lot of friendly games with folks around Tacoma. Ticket to Ride A few weeks ago I went to Tacoma Games, where I played …

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The best chess player in the world right now is a 23-year-old Norwegian guy named Magnus Carlsen. Actually, he’s the best chess player ever–he has a higher chess ranking than any chess player has ever earned. I am not Magnus Carlsen. The degrees of separation between me and him are …

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I’ve recently gotten very interested in game design. If you want a fascinating 28 minutes, Jesse Schell presents at a DICE conference about the implications of games invading real life. There are many examples, but one of them would be the recent trend toward states allowing banks to give lotto-like benefits for …

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FORTY YEARS AND TEN iterations later, the Oregon Trail has sold over 65 million copies worldwide, becoming the most widely distributed educational game of all time. Market research done in 2006 found that almost 45 percent of parents with young children knew Oregon Trail, despite the fact that it largely …

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The availability of millions of games at one’s fingertips in a database is also making the game’s best players younger and younger. Absorbing the thousands of essential patterns and opening moves used to take many years, a process indicative of Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 hours to become an expert” theory as …

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