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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Go player disses Sudoku

Outrage and furor abound at Rob van Zeijst's recent Daily Yumiuri Online "Magic of Go" column which denigrates the popular Sudoku game that now litters many English language daily newspapers.

"Su Doku, a game with a Japanese-sounding name but invented in New York, has become very popular. The idea of the game is to fill in nine 3x3 grids with numbers 1 through 9 so that each horizontal and vertical row, each individual 3x3 grid, contains the digits 1 to 9. Some numbers have already been provided, and the player must use logic and the process of elimination to solve the puzzle. It is interesting, but its major drawback is that there is always a solution. You may think this strange, but it is limiting in that it does not draw on the imagination."

Come on Rob, many go players love Sudoku!


NPC said...

I second that, the definiteness of answers in Sudoku allows relaxing from the always undefinite game of Go (while still using the brain at least somewhat).

I was not aware that its Japan origin is fake, too bad, though not vital :)

thrashor said...

I agree. I enjoy both games, but there is nothing better than a face-to-face game of go.

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