Nine-year-old masters world’s hardest game
Meet Sumire Nakamura, the world’s youngest professional Go player. Many say her precocious talent makes her a genius. But what is a “genius” anyway? And are they born, or made?
Pokémon Go poised to change reality forever
All over the world, people are leaving their homes to explore their surroundings. Behind every tree, they could find a Charmander or a Jigglypuff. Could augmented reality change our lives?
Lotsa lolz new words enter Scrabble lexicon
Collins has announced 6,500 new official Scrabble words, many of which draw on slang and new technology. Should we welcome changes in the English language — even if we don’t like them?
Twitter bamboozled as logic puzzle goes viral
A question from a Singaporean maths test left thousands of people scratching their heads after it was spread by social media. What on Earth is the explanation for this improbable scenario?
It’s Monopoly’s birthday: collect €20,580
To celebrate its 80th anniversary, the makers are hiding real cash in a number of Monopoly sets. A heart-warming touch. But there’s a darker story behind this notoriously vicious board game.
Game over for Flappy Bird’s ‘evil genius’
The maker of gaming phenomenon Flappy Bird has removed it from app stores because success was interfering with his ‘simple life’. Are games like this harming players too?
‘Mozart of chess’ to challenge for world title
At 22, Magnus Carlsen already has the highest rating in chess history. Now, after winning a tightly-contested tournament, he faces India’s Vishy Anand in the official world championship.
Gamification: can video games change the world?
All work and no play is never good. But what happens when the distinction gets blurred? 'Gamification' is the new buzzword for thinkers who want to make work into a game.