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The History Of Chess Is Hypnotising And Surprisingly Dramatic

Chess is timeless. Chess is the original esport.

And this fascinating video does something extremely cool: it takes a number of data sources and places them into a single timeline that tracks the rise and fall of the greatest chess players in history.

I don’t play chess. I don’t care about chess at all. But holy hell is this fascinating to watch.


How Chess Has Changed Over The Last 150 Years

The rules of chess have remained consistent since the early 19th Century, but that doesn’t mean our approach to the game has stayed the same. Here are some intriguing and surprising ways the Game of Kings has changed its shape over the past 150 years.


There's Going To Be A Bloodborne Board Game And It Sounds Wonderful

Video games might not translate to movies well, but board games are a different story. Gears of War, StarCraft and Civilization all proved winners. Soon, we’ll (hopefully) be able to add Bloodborne to that list.


Star Wars: Rebellion: The Kotaku Review

Most Star Wars games put you in command of a few brave heroes of the galactic struggle. Star Wars: Rebellion, a new board game from Fantasy Flight, puts you in command of the whole damn war.


Google's AI Faces Off Against The World Go Champion Today

Google’s AI program AlphaGo will be wearing its “Deep Blue” hat this week as it attempts to beat the world champion of the board game Go in a series of five matches. Here’s how to watch the showdown live.


New TMNT Board Game Looks Great

There’s a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles board game up on Kickstarter. It’s already been funded, so don’t sweat, it’s getting made. Which is cool, because it sounds like the perfect TMNT game.


Pandemic Gets Its Lovecraft On In Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu

I’ve never been one for branded board games — for example, Assassin’s Creed Monopoly — but I’m going to make an exception for Z-Man Games’ upcoming Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu. And yes, it’s exactly what it says on the tin: Pandemic, but with lovely Lovecraftian bits.


The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniatures Game Is About To Be Kickstarted

The world already has quite a few (and very good) zombie board games: Last Night on Earth, Dead of Winter, Zombicide… the list goes on. But if you officially slap “The Walking Dead” on a new miniatures game, the competition doesn’t matter, because it’s going to sell like hot, fleshy blood cakes.


How To Ruin Monopoly And Make People Hate You

At one point in your life, you’ve probably played Monopoly. If want to learn how to ruin the game so that you and your friends will never want to play again, here’s how.


Google Created An AI Smart Enough To Beat A Professional Go Player

Most people are familiar with the story and background behind Deep Blue, and AIs have been mastering quizzes, board games and computer games for a decades. But there’s always been one that has proven to be trickier than the rest: the ancient board game of Go.

Go’s a fascinating game, and the many millions of possible permutations makes things tricky for a computer. But Google, of all companies, has finally conquered that last barrier by slapping the reigning three-time European Go champion around the board.


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