Quantum Chess?

quantum_atomFriends, The next generation of chess is here, and it involves Quantum Mechanics.  Say what?  As if the game isn’t difficult enough. Quantum Chess incorporates principles of quantum mechanics, such as superposition and entanglement, into regular chess gameplay. For example, a piece can exist in two places at the same time (superposition) until the player’s opponent observes the piece by moving another piece into one of the spaces that it might occupy, collapsing the quantum field and forcing it to exist in either one location or the other. And two pieces can become entangled when one piece tries to move through another that happens to be in superposition, joining their fates.  The ultimate goal of the game is to kill the opponent’s king, not to reach checkmate. This is some pretty deep stuff; check it out…

A quick primer on Quantum Chess Paul Rudd vs Stephen Hawking Quantum Chess match

SOURCE – USC.edu

Ubisoft – Tom Clancy’s The Division…

I have been a longtime Splinter Cell player on the PC and really enjoy the action and story-lines that series has to offer.  Even though Blacklist has just launched, I was looking for something “different but the same.”  I know that sounds weird but I need something more than Sam Fisher can give me right now.  I’m sure I’ll come back to Splinter Cell soon enough but for now I’m intrigued by ‘The Division’.  Due to be release Q4 2014, the Division is a multiplayer third-person tactical shooter action role-playing video game developed by Ubisoft Massive under the Tom Clancy brand for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.  The Division is inspired by Operation Dark Winter and Directive 51, real-world events which “revealed how vulnerable we’ve become”; society has become “fragile” and “complex”. In the game, a disease that spreads on Black Friday causes the United States to collapse in five days.  The player is part of a group called “Strategic Homeland Division (SHD)”, called “Division” for short. This group was established to combat the threat and do whatever it takes to “save what remains” in a massive multiplayer online situation, putting them against friends, AI, and other players.  The basic plot from the game site goes like this:

“A devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City, and one by one, basic services fail. In only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, a classified unit of self-supported tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, The Division agents are trained to operate independently of command, as all else fails. Fighting to prevent the fall of society, the agents will find themselves caught up in an epic conspiracy, forced to combat not only the effects of a man-made virus, but also the rising threat of those behind it. When everything collapses, your mission begins.”

Cool.  Not only does that sound like the perfect environment for a massive online tactical shoot-em up, but could also be good practical training for the everyday citizen given the way things are going under Obama’s watch.  Think about it… I’m really looking forward to this game.  The story, art and game play look rich and I’m sure will provide a first-rate experience.  Kudos to Ubisoft Massive.

UPDATE – 06/28/14 – Watch the E3 CGI Trailer

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