The Quantum Pontiff

Category archives for Games

Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner has passed away at age 95. I fondly remember going back through the back issues of “Scientific American” as a kid and devouring Gardner’s “Mathematical Recreations” column (along with the similar columns written by Hofstadter and Dewdney.) If I have any mathematical skills, I probably owe a large chunk of them to some…

Live Worldwide Monopoly Game

Tomorrow, September 9, 2009 is apparently the date for a worldwide game of monopoly: Monopoly City Streets Welcome to Monopoly City Streets. You versus the world in the biggest live game of MONOPOLY in history! On the 9th SEPTEMBER, a world of property empire building on an unimaginable scale will be launched! A live worldwide…

Life Sized Katamari Controller

Katamari Damacy is a very cool game, if for no other reason than it is a game in which “scale” changes. The basic idea is that you roll a ball around which picks up objects that aren’t too big for the ball and then the ball grows. Usually you are racing a clock to make…

The Equilibrium Theory of Games

The other day I ran into a good friend from Tln, who told me the most fascinating story about his discovery of a new theory of games.

War is a classic kids card game. I spent many an hour wiling away the time playing war growing up. Enough so that I actually developed a strategy for the game. A strategy for the game of war? That’s crazy talk.