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The Geekiest Game Ever Made?

Unknown Lamer posted about 8 months ago | from the settlers-of-frustrated-interactions dept.

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KentuckyFC writes "Spin glasses may be esoteric but they are also one of the more fascinating phenomena in physics. They are disordered magnets in which the atoms interact with each other to create conflicting configurations that compete for stability. That makes spin glasses metastable. They can seem firm and constant but a small change to the configuration in one part of the lattice can ripple through the magnet like wildfire. Now a German physicist has created 'Spin Glasses: The Game,' a two person board game that reproduces all the complexity and excitement of...err... spin glasses. The players compete to configure their atoms in a way that dominates the lattice when the game ends. The board game is available in German or as a free downloadable cut out version in English. Is this the geekiest game ever made?"

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Nethack? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45711391)

No mention of Nethack. I am disappoint.

Re:Nethack? (1)

Smauler (915644) | about 8 months ago | (#45711649)

Does anyone still play nethack? I still play TOME [te4.org] , does that make me a geek?

Zork (1)

Mister Liberty (769145) | about 8 months ago | (#45713117)

Zork, bij Infocom.

Re:Nethack? (1)

znrt (2424692) | about 8 months ago | (#45713297)

you hear loud noises coming from the drain ...

Re:Nethack? (1)

module0000 (882745) | about 8 months ago | (#45713759)

I still like nethack, but at some point I switched to 'dungeon crawl stone soup' instead.

Re:Nethack? (1)

hubie (108345) | about 8 months ago | (#45713985)

Absolutely. I got it on my Windows and linux machines, and I had it on my old phone (haven't put it on the new one yet).

Re:Nethack? (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 8 months ago | (#45714657)

I quit once I ascended. Well, I started another game and got my ascension kit together, and decided I had had enough.

Does TOME have an ASCII interface for those inclined? Can you play it entirely without moving your hands from home row?

Who cares?! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45711403)

Why in the FUCK is this news?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFZrzg62Zj0

Re:Who cares?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45711493)

It's not.
Dice has become aware that most slashdotters don't see the ads they serve up, so they've resorted to running ads AS articles.

If a tree falls in the forest ... (1)

quenda (644621) | about 8 months ago | (#45711413)

If you count games actually played, Carcassonne is awfully geeky. At least if you are not German, major geek points.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcassonne_(game) [wikipedia.org]

Re:If a tree falls in the forest ... (1)

Andtalath (1074376) | about 8 months ago | (#45711513)

Huh, that is fairly mainstream and simple.

Heck, I've played it with semi-drunk non-nerdy people.

Re:If a tree falls in the forest ... (3, Insightful)

TheLink (130905) | about 8 months ago | (#45711899)

Doesn't seem geeky to me. How about programming games:
e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_(video_game) [wikipedia.org]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_War [wikipedia.org]
More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Programming_games [wikipedia.org]

How much geekier can it get than writing programs as a game?

Re:If a tree falls in the forest ... (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 8 months ago | (#45712105)

Well, this one was published on Arxiv. That's got to be something.

Re:If a tree falls in the forest ... (1)

alex67500 (1609333) | about 8 months ago | (#45712495)

I agree, Core War all the way. We had one in my CS courses, one of the geekiest weekends ever!!!

Re:If a tree falls in the forest ... (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about 8 months ago | (#45712807)

I'm currently drafting a tabletop game based on the exciting life of a cubicle-dwelling software developer... does that count?

No, really! Caffeine gives +1 to rolls, managers are unpredictable, and calls from customers are a thing to be dreaded!

Re:If a tree falls in the forest ... (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 8 months ago | (#45715185)

Have you ever played the Dilbert board game?

Re:If a tree falls in the forest ... (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 8 months ago | (#45711979)

I'm curious, how exactly did you come to the conclusion that carcassonne is awfully geeky? it's the frigging family game of the year award winner in some countries and probably the best known, most popular, new boardgame in 20 years.

how about mechwarrior? or just some binary games? go?

Re:If a tree falls in the forest ... (1)

Wycliffe (116160) | about 8 months ago | (#45713323)

I've played Carcassonne with my grandma and 6 year olds. If that's your definition of geeky then you
haven't been exposed to very many games. As far as board games go, risk, settlers of catan, magic,
and even chess are all both more geeky and more popular. But judging geek games on popularity is
kindof an oxymoron so if you exclude popularity there are a ton of games alot more complex and geeky
than carcassonne.

Re:If a tree falls in the forest ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45715713)

I love Carcassonne, but I have no idea what you're talking about when you call it "geeky".

Now, I just bought a foreign language edition, just because. That's somewhat geeky. But still nothing on a game about particle spin.

Re:If a tree falls in the forest ... (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | about 8 months ago | (#45718185)

What makes it geeky? It's not particularly niche. It doesn't have a geek theme. It's doesn't require much in the way of making calculations while playing. It doesn't consume large amounts of time. It doesn't involve building and painting huge numbers of miniatures. In fact I struggle to think of anything geeky about it.

Compare with:

Android: Netrunner - very geeky theme.
Dungeons and Dragons - this was once the definition of geeky...
RoboRally - geek theme plus "programming" of sorts.
1817 - 6 hours of pretending to buy company stocks and of course there are trains (what geek isn't into trains), any 18XX in fact.
Warhammer 40,000 - science fiction and fantasy and painting hundreds of fiddly miniatures. Any miniatures war game really.
Magic: The Gathering - why paint miniatures when you can spend thousands of dollars on cards. The rules are easily mistaken for the US tax code: http://media.wizards.com/images/magic/tcg/resources/rules/MagicCompRules_21031101.pdf [wizards.com] encouraging players to push literal reading of card text as far as they possible can.
Dominion, Agricola - all the multiplayer solitaire games that are just optimization problems at heart and can likely be converted into solving some equations.

Re:If a tree falls in the forest ... (1)

quenda (644621) | about 8 months ago | (#45720605)

What makes it geeky?

Well, 1) its in a foreign language, and 2) its a board game. For adults.

Re:If a tree falls in the forest ... (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | about 8 months ago | (#45725515)

1) My copy is in English. You can get Monopoly in German does that make it geeky too? I guess I've never associated foreign languages* with geekiness - does having an English game make a non-English speaker geeky?

2) There are huge numbers of board games for adults. Many far more than the the simple and short Carcassonne which is clearly a game made with children in mind.

* Well OK collecting Japanese cartoons and insisting on subtitles does have some connection with geekiness...

Re:If a tree falls in the forest ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45727123)

It's only in a foreign language if that's how you buy it. You can go to the nearest Barnes & Noble and walk out with an English version. But that only applies to the rules anyway. The game itself has zero words. It's like advanced dominoes.

As for it being a board game for adults -- besides most board games being for adults, your argument is "Carcassonne is the geekiest board game because it is a board game". Huh?

No. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45711425)

"Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."
-Ian Betteridge

Re:No. (2)

camperdave (969942) | about 8 months ago | (#45711587)

Is the actual quote not "Can any headline which ends in a quiestion mark be answered bye the word no?"

Re:No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45712125)

Is the actual quote not "Can any headline which ends in a quiestion mark be answered bye the word no?"

The actual quote didn't contain any spelling errors.

Re:No. (1)

slapout (93640) | about 8 months ago | (#45717099)

Never trust a programer who can spel.

Re:No. (1)

Tyler Durden (136036) | about 8 months ago | (#45713887)

That sentence is so self-referential it nearly made my head explode.

Re:No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45714589)

Except Betteridge broke his own "law" on occasion.

This (2)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about 8 months ago | (#45711435)

High geekyness http://glassplategame.com/ [glassplategame.com]

Re:This (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45712045)

No, this is just stupid.

Re:This (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45717027)

No, this is just stupid.

And clearly you are a moron. Go back to Couterstrike or whatever crap you're obcessed with.

Re:This (1)

quantumghost (1052586) | about 8 months ago | (#45712853)

miegakure [marctenbosch.com] comes to mind.

Ok and (1)

ouachiski (835136) | about 8 months ago | (#45711439)

How do you drink to it

Nethack (4, Insightful)

Sorcererbob (1166931) | about 8 months ago | (#45711443)

For physics geeks, perhaps this new fangled glass spinning game is the new black, but for us fantasy nerds, Nethack still reigns supreme. Tiled, turn based, and riddled with more Tolkien references than The Hobbit movies, I don't think it can be beaten for ultimate nerdery.

Re:Nethack (4, Insightful)

xvan (2935999) | about 8 months ago | (#45711533)

Nethack wins in the references field.
But I think Dwarf Fortress sandbox beats it / will eventualy beat it, on gameplay... It's crazy the unexpected things that surge from that physics model.

Re:Nethack (1)

slinches (1540051) | about 8 months ago | (#45714411)

If esoteric references and deep gameplay are the criteria, Sandcastle Builder [chirpingmustard.com] may be in the running. It has even been referred to as "the Dwarf Fortress of idle games"

And for extra geek credit, it's based off of a xkcd comic [xkcd.com]

Re:Nethack (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45717175)

> It's crazy the unexpected things that surge from that physics model.

You're saying that to the person who did a lot of research to update its material properties (solid density, mostly) :)

Before me, the Internet did not appear to know that Saguaro wood has a density of approximately 430 kg/m^3

It was necessary to determine that value empirically.

Re:Nethack (1)

tibman (623933) | about 8 months ago | (#45718635)

May i ask your bay12 forum name?

Re:Nethack (1)

ghmh (73679) | about 8 months ago | (#45712969)

Look at the crowd of people on that lawn over there! -- More -- [github.io]

Re:Nethack (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45713475)

something something Angband.

something something, article is a Slashvertisement.

Re:Nethack (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45714087)

...Tolkien references...

Don't forget all of the *other* nerdy references too!

Discworld, Tron and Indiana Jones to name a few... oh and don't forget the Greek, Aztec and Norse lore too.

This obviously needs to be a computer game (1)

DutchUncle (826473) | about 8 months ago | (#45711461)

... along the lines of Reversii/Othello

In terms of non-mainstream PC games: (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45711607)

A Slower Speed of Light http://gamelab.mit.edu/games/a-slower-speed-of-light/

Settlers? (2)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about 8 months ago | (#45711633)

I don't know about you, but I've never seen Settlers of Catan at any party also featuring beer pong. (I have seen D&D played, in fact enhanced by beer pong...before you ask.)

Re:Settlers? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45711691)

hahaha

Catan is so mainstream, turn in your geek card please

Re:Settlers? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 8 months ago | (#45712099)

What's not geeky about Beer Pong? Beer Pong, Beer Pac-Man, Beer Q-Bert, Beer Asteroids... admittedly Beer Spacewar gets a bit dicey due to the spill risk.

Re:Settlers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45715743)

Geeky? Catan is this century's Monopoly. Everyone has a copy and nobody plays it.

Light bot? (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | about 8 months ago | (#45711647)

I always thought that light bot was one of the geekier, and at the same time more educational games I played about programming.
http://light-bot.com/ [light-bot.com]

Fruity Frank ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45711705)

Fruity Frank [youtube.com]
Probably the funniest game of the world !!!

Geek is the wrong term (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45711731)

We've covered this before. The venn diagram has Geek at the intersection of Intelligence and Obsession, so this rules out the vast majority of slashdotters (including me). If you have any social ineptitude, you're a Nerd (if you have all three), a Dork (if you're not smart), or a Dweeb (if you're not obsessed).

This game is not for geeks. It's for nerds.
Dorks won't understand it, and dweebs won't care.

Re:Geek is the wrong term (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 8 months ago | (#45712583)

I don't think anyone has ever made a convincing case for that taxonomy. The best I can say for it is that if you bring it up or argue about it, you're probably under one of its categories.

Re:Geek is the wrong term (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 8 months ago | (#45715267)

Geek at the intersection of Intelligence and Obsession, so this rules out the vast majority of slashdotters (including me).

Well, that seems rather uncharitable.

If you have any social ineptitude, you're a Nerd

I think the only people who don't have *any* social ineptitude aren't the kind of people you want to hang around with (sociopaths).

spin glass (4, Funny)

bugs2squash (1132591) | about 8 months ago | (#45711765)

This could be as close to playing spin the bottle as any of us get.

Re:spin glass (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45712945)

What a classic dorm room comedy scene. Nerdy guys invite hotties over to play "Spin the Bottle" but then pull out "Spin Glass: The Game" instead not realizing the difference. Hilarity ensues.

Re:spin glass (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45713963)

And they actually accept the invitation? Can I have a ride in your wormhole to this parallel universe?

Polarity (1)

rjforster (2130) | about 8 months ago | (#45711803)

In Polarity you're not just simulating magnetic materials you are actually balancing magnets against each other.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polarity_(game) [wikipedia.org]

Re:Polarity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45711947)

Played this a few times, frustratingly brilliant game.

Project Euler (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45711867)

That is the geekiest game.

3 words (4, Informative)

bmimatt (1021295) | about 8 months ago | (#45711911)

Leisure Suit Larry

CGoL is much geekier. But this is pretty cool. :) (1)

rocket rancher (447670) | about 8 months ago | (#45712039)

Simple rules that produce fascinatingly complex behaviors, to me, is more geeky than complex rules that produce fascinatingly complex behaviors. YMMV.

Doom (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45712057)

The geekiest game is Doom. Every geek I know of who is in the fitting age class has played it. (For older ones it must be D&D board games.)

Re:Doom (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45712885)

The geekiest game is probably writing 'reality' simulators. 3D engine / physics / lighting engine programmers are playing the geekiest game, along with those creating said enabling technology. Most of us just play (or watch) their creations (i.e. games like Doom or movies like LotR).

Does anyone know what happens if you drop the One Ring down a sink?

Re:Doom (1)

HybridST (894157) | about 8 months ago | (#45716579)

"Does anyone know what happens if you drop the
One Ring down a sink?"

OK, I'll bite. The One Ring (go from the print version here...) seems to follow the same rules detailed in Zalazny's "chronicles of amber" series so it would resize itself (definitely among its powers) and shift its surroundings until it can traverse the sewer lines and be found by its next victim on the path back to Sauron (also within its powers). Or it might just be caught in the u-pipe under the sink if it likes its owner.

spy vs. lie vs. die (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45712149)

mynuts won; i'm right again aren't i

Dwarf Fortress (1)

drphil (320469) | about 8 months ago | (#45712217)

That is all

Paradroid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45712331)

Goin back to the 80's here.... those of you who played it know I am right. :)

Core War (1)

vinsci (537958) | about 8 months ago | (#45712383)

Apparently the Core War [wikipedia.org] game has becomre largely forgotten, or become better known under its commercial variant: anti-virus software.

Research Lab Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45712409)

Were the physics is theoretical but the fun is real.

World of Warcraft? Seriously? (1)

Radak (126696) | about 8 months ago | (#45712411)

FTFA: And any game hoping to top this list would have to beat off strong competition from World of Warcraft, perhaps the best online role playing game.

Yep, you lost me right there.

ThePowderToy (1)

Ogi_UnixNut (916982) | about 8 months ago | (#45712503)

One of my faves (physics simulator), where you can create all sorts of machines.

The only game I know of where you can simulate nuclear reactions, and build different types of nuclear reactors/rockets with it.

Wasted hours of my life on it.

GPL game at: http://powdertoy.co.uk/ [powdertoy.co.uk]

Nerdiest game ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45712711)

Lunar Lander [wikipedia.org] .
oh yeah, the geek vs nerd [xkcd.com] debate. Around here, geek is an insult, while nerd is a badge of honor (technical competence).

Kerbal Space Program..... (1)

pslytely psycho (1699190) | about 8 months ago | (#45712851)

My favorite physics simulation. Still in early developement but getting better all the time. Oh, and it updates to .23 today!

Anyone making an HTML4 version of this game ? (1)

jcdr (178250) | about 8 months ago | (#45713119)

Just asking.

Darwinia? (1)

Lisandro (799651) | about 8 months ago | (#45714075)

Yes, Darwinia [introversion.co.uk] , from the same guys who gave us Uplink and DEFCON.

Ewwwww (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 8 months ago | (#45714551)

From TFWA:

A*spin glass*is a disordered magnet with frustrated interactions

So...spin glasses are Slashdot nerds?

Many games would benefit from more "real" physics (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45714815)

Proof: read my PhD about the topic http://www.ferzkopp.net/PhD

text based dopewars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45715845)

I always run!!! I can't knowingly put my bitches at risk!

Not even close (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 8 months ago | (#45716115)

Quantum Quidditch.

High Frontier (1)

svirre (39068) | about 8 months ago | (#45716239)

Try High Frontier by Phil Eklund (http://sierra-madre-games.eu/index_high_frontier_2nd_edition.html) A game about industrializing space made by an actual rocket scientist.

The board is beautiful with spaces representing stable orbits and movements represented by delta-v needed to change orbits.

Rocket stacks are built by reasonably realistic technologies and fueling and mass adhere to the Tsiolkovsky rocket equation (Placed in an elegant table array for simple use)

Nah, (1)

qwe123 (2443130) | about 8 months ago | (#45716353)

Calvinball [littlebobeep.com] beats everything.

MOO2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45716487)

I was thinking MasterOfOrion2 was a candidate, but this is totally above my level.

Geekiest Video Game (1)

StrangeBrew (769203) | about 8 months ago | (#45716745)

The geekiest video game I've ever played was Neuromancer, by Interplay.

No, Quantum Tic Tac Toe wins (1)

edremy (36408) | about 8 months ago | (#45718009)

It's played on a normal TTT board. Each player makes two moves a turn, which exist in indeterminate states. Eventually the players will develop a cyclic entanglement of their moves, at which point a measurement is made and the entangled moves collapse into permanent moves on the board. I refereed a paper on it recently for J. Chem Ed where they used it to teach basic QM to physical chemistry students.

You can play a version online here [qtpy.mobi]

Re:No, Quantum Tic Tac Toe wins (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#45728303)

Apache 2 Test Page
powered by CentOS

Doesn't look like any TTT to me...

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