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Today I was thinking of looking for something to relax the mind a little...

There aren't that many games that I find interesting (that includes computer games too). Chess is ok, but mostly I find it too structured and relatively predictable (meaning: often boring--and please no flames from Chess fans, that's just my preference :-)). But a few years back I discovered Go and it immediately became my favorite game. I used to play it back in California with a friend during lunch-breaks; it was a blast. If you have never tried it, I recommend it highly. My favorite program to play against is TurboGo, but the British Go Association mantains a useful list of versions of Go for different platforms. For Windows, Wulu is also good, I haven't yet tried any of the Mac games.

In any case, when playing Go nothing beats having the board and the stones in front of you--the sheer simplicity of it, along with its seemingly unending possibilities for different games (that I mentioned a few months ago). We'll probably have to wait until immersive VR becomes a reality to be able to match the full "experience"... (now that would be funny: using fully immersive VR only to... play Go. :-))

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on May 20 2003 at 12:17 AM

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