# This Math Game Scared Me As A Kid, And I Still Hate It

I hated math as a child, so my parents bought me a computer game to help me enjoy math. It was called *Super Solvers: Outnumbered! *This game took me from hating math to fearing math.

I hated math as a child, so my parents bought me a computer game to help me enjoy math. It was called *Super Solvers: Outnumbered! *This game took me from hating math to fearing math.

I, like many people, am terrible at math. I need a calculator to do basic addition and subtraction. Math class was excruciatingly painful for me, not to mention boring. But the open-world game *Variant: Limits** *aims to make learning math, specifically calculus, fun.

Two years ago Sean “Seanbaby” Reiley and friends released Calculords, a digital collectible card game powered by math. It was the best thing. Now they’re back with *Calculords 2: Rise of the Shadow Nerd*, which is supposedly like *Calculords*, only better in every way. I’m in.

"We're not bread." It was supposed to be a throwaway gag in Valve's official video for *Team Fortress 2*'s Love and War update, which launched almost a year ago.

Who said math isn't sexy? Oh but it is.
*It is.*

As *Kotaku*'s new weekend editor I am now off Thursday and Friday, so I missed the celebration of Pi Day on 3/14. I felt bad about it. Then I saw Vihart's latest anti-Pi rant.

You might be stuck on level 20 or 30 of *Candy Crush Saga*, but now you can take some small solace in the fact that science has proven that a computer would have just as hard a time beating the game.

*Calculords *for iOS* *is incredibly nerdy — and wonderfully so. It's a lane-based strategy game. It's a collectible card game. It makes the player actively participate in math. There are few ways it could be nerdier — I have compiled a list.

It's never too early for math sequence riddles. Veritasium's Derek Muller offered a selection of strangers a simple sequence of three numbers — 2, 4, 8 — and asked them to determine the rule governing the sequence. It's not what you think.

Someone's math professor must like Saints Row. (Via Reid B)

Kids and iPads are a better fit than you'd think—as long as those little hands are clean.

Scott Laidlaw is slowing down the pace on educational math games.

Teacher Robert Drewnowski had only $300 in grant money to help him develop a more effective way of teaching math to fourth graders. He used it to buy a Wii.

This man is unarguably the greatest math teacher in the history of math teachers. Or at least the greatest at pulling off large-scale video projector pranks that leave you laughing, stunned, and a little bit awed.

In Mass Effect 2, your space-faring hero can wear a helmet. It's not mandatory. I choose to have my character not wear a helmet. What's that signify?

Seven months ago, DreamBox Learning launched its math-based edutainment site for kids between kindergarten and second grade. Today, it's making virtual headlines with success stories.

I have to hand it to this little web start-up company: it's a gutsy strategy to deceive schoolchildren with a game called "DreamBox Learning K-2 Math." I'd have thought *Math Blaster* was subtler edutainment.

Ever since the beta for Littlebigplanet hit, we've seen numerous level designs, some good, some not so good. From classic Mario remakes to re-imagining of the humongous spectacles found in Shadow of the Colossus. Heck, even Tristan is a game designer in the making. But simply from an engineering standpoint, I think…