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The economics of video games

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Friday, October 5, 2012
Category: Games

From www.washingtonpost.com

Inflation can be a headache for any central banker. But it takes a certain type of economist to know what to do when a belligerent spaceship fleet attacks an interstellar trading post, causing mineral prices to surge across the galaxy.

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The evolution of cheating in chess - Grantland

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Category: Games

From www.grantland.com

A screen popped up for a program from the Fritz line of so-called "chess engines." These are super-smart, user-friendly apps able to analyze the positions of all pieces on the chessboard and consider millions of possible outcomes in a matter of nanoseconds before suggesting the best next move.

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Fading the Vig: A Gambler’s Guide to Life: $100 Hand of Blackjack, Foxwoods Casino

Sunday, July 22, 2012
Category: Games

From www.mcsweeneys.net

Card counting isn’t mathematically very complicated. You keep a running tally in your head of the high cards versus the low cards. Low cards add to the tally, high cards subtract from it. The higher the number the more favorable the conditions for betting; the idea being that a shoe with a high concentration of high cards in it will deal out more winning hands than a shoe with low cards.

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$1.2 million ultimate games collection appears on eBay

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Category: Games

From www.geek.com

If you’re a collector, counting the complete back catalog of games for one system as part of your collection is a commendable achievement, but what about having full gaming sets for 22 different systems? I doubt anyone has ever done that through game purchases alone, but one eBay seller is offering such a set.

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Alpha Colony: A Tribute to M.U.L.E.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Category: Games

From www.kickstarter.com

Alpha Colony: A Tribute to M.U.L.E. is an economic video game for your iPad or desktop, similar to Sim City or Civilization. It offers an interactive experience you can share with your family and friends.

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Economists Are Taking Over the Game Industry

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Category: Games

From www.buzzfeed.com

macroeconomists have never been more in demand. In the past few months, Bungie and Fiveonenine Games have both posted job listings for in-house "economy designers." Just last week, Valve brought on a Greek economics professor named Yanis Varoufakis to serve as their economist-in-residence, after Varoufakis emerged as one of a popular commentator on the Eurozone crisis.

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Chess Knightmare and Turing’s Dream « Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Category: Games

From rjlipton.wordpress.com

Computers themselves play few draws against each other, and show a degree of human-appreciable inventiveness that Alan Turing could only have dreamed about.

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