DailyDirt: Can't We Just Play Games For Fun?

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We've seen plenty of advances in game algorithms that make us humans look pretty weak compared to the best chess (and checkers and poker and RPS and air hockey and Flappy bird and...) playing computers. Computers aren't having any fun beating us at all these games, but they do it nonetheless. As always, let's just hope they figure out quickly that no one wins at thermonuclear war. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2015 @ 5:27pm

    Human game playing

    Isn't the point to have fun, be entertained, maybe challenged a bit? Sure we strive to win, but when winning becomes all, then it is no longer fun, or entertaining.

    If winning is all there is then sell your games to some computers, and good luck collecting.

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    Agonistes (profile), 1 Oct 2015 @ 6:16pm

    Pinball.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2015 @ 6:24pm

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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Oct 2015 @ 1:56am

    "full-contact sport against a robot"
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    Jose_X, 2 Oct 2015 @ 9:44am

    At least part of the problem is that computers can have timing and endurance not matched by people, regardless of algorithms. For example, a person who is allowed to play a game and script it can beat a person without that ability depending on context (if used properly). This should be encouraged. I'm surprised so few games apparently teach people to script and come up with algorithms to help them.

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    DNY (profile), 2 Oct 2015 @ 1:42pm

    Stick to Go

    If computers besting top-ranked humans at games is a problem for you, stick to go.

    They're not even close.

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