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What is sudoku and why people spend their time on board games?

Tha't the question

Topics: board game sudoku
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    Jul 20 2012: Games can involve stimulating strategic analytical thinking and creative role playing, both of which use the brain in ways people often find exhilerating and often fruitful in application in other parts of their lives. If you search here on TED, you will find numerous talks about the interest and usefulness of gaming in education, in healing, and as a way of engaging people in community. Game theory is a tool in addressing economic problems involving the strategic behavior of firms and the area for which Princeton mathematician John Forbes Nash won his Nobel prize. Combinatorial games is an area of research in mathematics
  • Aug 3 2012: As for Sudoku, never got into it myself. I mean, it's just not my type of game. Doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with it.As for the question of why people spend so much time on board games as well as other types of games, that's easy. Some of us do it for work. For example, I write about various types of games for the meager income made off of writing a month. Some of us do it for research. Again, to use myself as an example, I'm actually doing a lot of stuff regarding games and gaming for an English Lit MA. Sometimes we all just need to unwind while keeping our minds challenged. And lastly, sooner or later, we all need to just unwind and play, sometimes alone, sometimes together and sometimes alone together.
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      Jul 24 2012: I think they are all practice for dilemas of life we may one day face. Ways of thinking in practice.
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    Jul 21 2012: howdy
    Got to have thet Sudoko relaxes me and keeps mind working on a logical.problem
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    Jul 21 2012: I love sudoku and play almost every day. In the stress and craziness of the everyday, it's nice to get something orderly and complete. Sometimes it is the ONLY thing I can get orderly and complete.
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    Jul 20 2012: My Mother-in-Law; in her eighties, does Suduko to keep her mind alert. She is not very mobile & wants to keep mentally alert

  • Jul 20 2012: People play Sudoku to challenge themselves and some believe it will improve their mental skills.

    Beside stimulating your brain, board games also help people to socialize and have fun.
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    Jul 20 2012: I believe board games, card games, etc. provide a shared focus for a group dynamic - that is, they have value. I have younger relatives I have difficulty connecting with, but over the course of a game of UNO or something we manage to connect with dialog and enjoy a brief rapport.
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      Jul 21 2012: I think you're right, the social connection aspect of board games is something which is oftentimes underrated. Lots of caf├ęs and bars do have board games for the customers, but I rarely see someone actually play them, because - let's face it - they are not very cool in the eyes of the people below a certain age. Mostly those who don't have kids (myself included) have forgotten about the joy of playing games together. At the same time, I we would play among friends at home -- but that again leaves out the strangers you could connect with if you played in public spaces. A game is also a context and context is needed to establish contact... That's why many people play together in online games and some of them eventually meet: they play together, they talk about the game, they get to know each other...
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        Jul 21 2012: ...and then get married, like my brother, may they live happily ever after. :) As a way of connecting, the online game has probably produced more meaningful relationships than any handful of dating apps/sites. There's a continual context with which to work, like you say; connections do not falter and disintegrate so easily. Not to imply the divorce rate has altered significantly, but that's a whole different kettle of fish.

        I'll have to take another shot at this Sudoku; I saw numbers, and I ran. :)
  • Jul 20 2012: Sudoku is a Ja[panese board game and a great exercise for your brain. Probably people feel smarter when play it :) You can download sudoku free here: http://thesudokugame.net/
    It will help you learn the rules
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      Jul 21 2012: I wonder if there is a set of rules for Sudoku to play it together with other people... like you would take turns, throw a cube with nine sides for each square (or a cube with six sides for each cipher) and then you'd have 30 seconds to either add any number to the square selected or to add the number you received to any square and receive points for that... Does something like this exist, or should we sell the idea? :)