Questions tagged [games]

Games are activities played for fun. May also refer to sports. Use [videogames] for electronic games.

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Did a 700 percent increase in pencil sales occur in Britain on the back of the Sudoku boom?

A The Independent of London article, The rise and rise of Sudoku, claimed that: [...] sales of pencils in Britain are reported to have risen 700 per cent on the back of the Sudoku boom. A 700% ...
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How accurate are the d20 dice used in role playing games?

The website Thinkgeek sells "High precision dice", citing this video as the explanation. No, you're not being superstitious when you stand at the counter at your Friendly Local Gaming Store test-...
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Did the French Revolution cause people to give the Ace (in a deck of cards) rank above a King?

Wikipedia says After the French Revolution some games started to use the ace or 1 as the highest card which symbolized the lowest in society rising above the King. A discussion forum recently ...
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Does paper beat rock in RPS due an ancient Chinese tradition that draping paper over rock mean rejecting a request?

I have heard a few times that paper beats rock in rock-paper-scissors due to the following reason: It comes from an ancient Chinese tradition where when a request was sent to the ruler on a ...
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Are there more 40-moves chess games than atoms in the universe?

I read this tweet recently: "There are more possible games of chess lasting 40 moves than there are atoms in the entire universe. Intriguing to know." I find this highly doubtful. Could ...
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Is there a statistical advantage in playing KENO for a long period of time?

When I was in high school there was a story about a man who won millions of dollars playing keno. The amount of money and the location appear to be true based upon this wikipedia article: In 1994, ...
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Is the shortest stalemate in chess ten moves long?

This is often stated as being the shortest stalemate ever, however, is it actually the shortest? I am looking for any brute-force attempts that show that 10 moves is the absolute minimum for a ...
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Did the Lydians invent games?

On this TED talk, Jane McGonical states that Lydians invented games a few centuries ago, as dice games they would play to forget about famine. 12:14 So, I take my inspiration from something that ...
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Does Heads Up Texas Hold'em have more possible hands than atoms in the universe?

In the Vice (HBO) clip AI Poker Bots Are Beating The World's Best Players, it is claimed (at 2:00), that Texas Hold'em has "more possible hands than atoms in the universe". ..this competition ...
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Who coined “gamification” term?

According to wikipedia Nick Pelling coined the term "Gamification" in 2002/2003 as part of his bussiness model Conundra. Though the term "gamification" was coined in 2002 by Nick Pelling,[77] a ...