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A Little Ignorance

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It takes a genius of a certain caliber to create internet-compatible versions of popular games.

Scrabble®, for example, works optimally as a board game. Imagine trying to play with a remote opponent over the internet! It might be easier if each player had a separate set, but then each one would be choosing from a separate pool of letters. And even if you could share an image of the board on screen, how would you get the tiles to stay? And you’d just have to take your opponent’s word for which tiles he played and thus how much he scored.

So it must have taken a stroke of sheer genius to make the whole thing virtual. I would never have thought of that.

Space Invaders provides another good example. What computer is equipped with a coin slot to take the quarter? Then some brilliant mind came up with the idea of making it unnecessary to Insert Coin, and a whole genre of arcade games was thus preserved in the new medium. I stand in awe of the brain power.

Then, of course, comes the show stopper: card games. Solitaire, especially. I can’t begin to consider the mental calisthenics that overcame even the single obstacle of screens too small to fit the standard Hoyle cards. Just make them smaller! Amazing! And as if that weren’t enough, you don’t even have to shuffle between rounds – the computer does it for you! I wonder why the computer’s shuffling mechanism never gets jammed?

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Written by Thag

June 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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