Geek’d up Scrabble and Pain-based Game

Never was fond of the game scrabble but those who are fans of it and geeky-ing up almost anything would be fascinated by the most hi-tech scrabble game ever.

How hi-tech? It’s scrabble chips embedded with radio transmitters enabling organizers to broadcast the game online, in real-time. Engadget has the story:

In preparation for the Prague Mind Sports Festival, the organizers spent £20,000 building a Scrabble board with integrated RGB controlled LED lighting, nine embedded circuit boards and 225 RFID antennas (one per square). Plus, special game pieces were crafted containing RFID tags. Why? Well, the wireless tech combined with some purpose-built software lets tournament organizers broadcast games online in real-time — the system reads the board in a mere 974 miliseconds.

With the current exchange rates, that RFID-enabled scrabble set would go for Php 1,311,028.00!!! Enough to buy more than 50,000 regular scrabble sets, in case some one wants to set a world record of the most number of scrabble games played at the same time. It would be a world of pain once all the letter pieces from all of those sets get mixed up together right?

Speaking of pain, the Science Museum in London is about open an exhibit about how pain works and to better educate the public about this human sensation, they’ve come up with a game to do just that. From The Guardian:

The Science Museum has fortunately conceded to this, so for its new exhibition on pain and pain relief – the snappily titled Pain Less – the organisers have commissioned a game that seeks to explore the subject without anyone getting hurt.

Available online and through touch screens at the museum itself, Ouch, gives players the job of protecting a brain from incoming pain signals. There are a variety of ‘weapons’ at your disposal: placebos are plentiful but erratic in their usefulness; painkillers are more reliable but you build up a tolerance, and venom (which looks like it may be used as a pain killer in the future) is a powerful but rare topical pain blaster.

In effect, it’s the classic arcade game Missile Command, but with lightening bolts of pain replacing incoming missiles. And it’s quite compelling too, especially because you get to select the form of pain your character experiences at the start of each level. Do you fancy being stabbed in the arm with an arrow or having a heavy weight dropped on your foot? These are choices we rarely get to make in games, let alone real life.

It’s the perfect way for those who are curious to understand how pain works. So the next time you feel pain, be it through a small cut, a bump in the head or someone else stepping on your toe, Pain Less would have explained a lot of what happened inside your brain.

I wonder if there would be a game that could explain how another kind of pain works, heartbreak induced pain, without really going through it. It would certainly help a lot of those who have not experienced having their hearts broken over love that has been lost.

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