Controlling the field is a core tenet of any competition. Fighting games are about the footsies, League and Dota demand good positioning, shooters like Overwatch and Counter-Strike are as much about tactically holding or taking key areas as they are shooting accuracy. At a high-level, controlling the field of play is…
The Evolution of Trust is an interactive presentation by Nicky Case that explores cheating and cooperation. The short narrative experience attempts to explain the rise of mistrust and suspicion in today’s society through the lens of game theory. It’s fascinating, and it’s this week’s Indie Pick.
Entering a town is a defining moment in any Battlegrounds match. In open fields, you’re safe. You can see for miles, and shots are difficult to track over long distances. Enter a village or town, it’s different. Sixty alive. A car sits vacant in the street. Any other day a gamble, but today, it’s facing east. You…
Back when Grand Theft Auto V was originally released, one particular theory about race started floating around. According to some players, the cops in GTA didn't treat all of its protagonists the same. Some players thought that Franklin, the African-American character, got racially profiled by cops.
With 74 straight wins and millions of dollars in winnings, Ken Jennings has dominated Jeopardy! like nobody else. And he says that the current champ Arthur Chu—who's been the subject of a lot of scorn lately—has been using a time-tested strategy that's worked for people in the past.
You think you know how to play Jeopardy!, don't you? Answer in the form of a question, study your butt off, capitalize on anything that feels trendy, and press the buzzer when Trebek stops yapping, not before. It's worked for hundreds of people. But a new champion is showing that there's a better way, using game…
You know the drill: Biology professor tells students their upcoming exam is going to be insanely difficult. But that's okay, he says, you can cheat! Anything goes. As long as it's not a crime, go for it. Students band together and get creative, and voila! They learn game theory in the process.
A new video game show and online magazine announced today offers a look into the minds of the video game industry.
A recent study on brain patterns shows that people who think they are playing against real people try harder, then when they believe they are playing against computers.
A new course being offered at UC Berkeley aims to teach students how to enjoy the "art of competitive StarCraft".