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Multiculturalism in play?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — multiculturalism in play — or, what’s the name of the game? ]

It is getting to be quite a theme: When games collide.

SPEC DQ MacIntyre xkcd

I’ve used the MacIntyre quote before [1, 2, 3], but the wonderful xkcd visual presentation is new to me — many thanks to Tanner Greer for turning me onto it.


What’s the name of the game?


Squaring the circle, with a side of nostaligia?

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — CIA, Osama, gaming, and I ]

What I have in my collection, somewhere:


and what CIA has in theirs:



In search of our respective lost childhoods? À la recherche du temps perdu?

To be honest, I think the gameplay in mine’s a bit more visceral.

Game on!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — a computer “plays” Mario Bros while a robot demonstrates “Bushido” ]

Two stunning videos:



Justin Seitz turned me onto the Super Mario World video with this tweet:

I’m one of those obstructionists who wouldn’t say the AI was “playing” — but that’s the hard problem in consciousness for you. I wonder what my friends Mike Sellers and Chris Bateman would have to say..

And no, I wouldn’t call the robotic slicing and dicing “Bushido” either. From the Hagakure:

There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.

Has the Yaskawa Bushido Project learned from rainstorms?

Indirectly, I suppose. But there you go.


Interesting that John Holland, the “father of genetic algorithms”, described his life’s work as a Glass Bead Game, eh?

Twitter games: chess and war

Friday, June 5th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — more for the fun and war games file ]

There’s Aaron Zelin‘s piece,


Then there’s this DoubleTweet from Daveed Gartenstein-Ross:

and (brilliantly played!) Phineas Fahrquar:


Both the linked pieces are worth your while:

  • Aaron Zelin, The Islamic State’s Saudi Chess Match
  • Giorgio Bertolin. Why chess is not the right metaphor for human conflict
  • War Games

    Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

    [ by Charles Cameron — not a FIFA joke ]

    via ElMostaque


    I’ve no idea of whether this was photoshopped, staged, screencapped, or simply a brilliant photo, but it’s war fun and games any way you look at it.

    A visual koan.

    The image is several years old, but I just saw it today via @EMostaque.

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