gaming post of the day
Here's a cool article in The Seattle Times about the ancient Japanese game Go gaining in popularity.
Go has always fascinated me with its Zen-like mix of simplicity and complexity, but I must admit my skill in the game barely progressed beyond a familiarity with the rules; I simply couldn't find people to play against. I also remember that computer versions of the game were mighty hard to come by back when; I'll have to see if that situation has changed in the last 10 years or so.
Update: Apparently it has; the Intelligent Go Foundation has a lot of information about computer-based Go, including links to various downloadable versions. GoBase.org, while not devoted to computer versions, has a lot of sample games that illustrate "brilliant moments." Go enthusiast Michael Reiss has compiled a page boasting a number of computer Go-related links and photos of a 1997 Japanese Go LAN party. c00L!
(via Destroy All Monsters)