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Postby Dave » Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:14 pm

Not that this is "really" topic worthy but since it's absorbed my life since Andy died I thought I'd mention it. Sudoku is the most time eating brain absorbing thing EVER. Brain Age the game itself is pretty neat. Since I haven't gone to school for nearly a year now I seem to have gotten rather dull. I've only had this game for around a week now but I started with scores = to senior citizens and now I'm nearly at my proper age give or take a year or two. But incase you haven't heard about it (and who would) it's a Nintendo DS game where you basically just exercise your brain for around 20-30 minutes a day. to do that there are lots of little things you can do like finish a 100 simple math problems as fast as you can. Counting how many people go in and out of a house and then figuring out the final number (that one is FAR too easy.) and my favorite one it flashes a screen of numbers and you have to remember where the numbers were located from lowest to highest. Then it has lots of speech recognition games where it will have text that says RED but it's in BLUE ink so you have to say blue. tons of simple games like that.

I dont' know if it really helps or not. But I like those silly brain games. I'm a math nerd at heart. Also it give you charts. CHARTS. I love charts.

Oh but the real time eater though is that SudoKu game that comes with it. I've never played it before and doing that as fast as I can give me a special happy feeling that's usually reserved for hate crimes. The game is also sold cheaper at $20 bucks. I loves it.
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Postby InsideTheAsylum » Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:22 pm

I wrote a sudoku solver in C++. </offtopic>

Well, I haven't finished writing it, but it can solve basic straight-forward sudoku. It'd be trivial to make it solve for all sudoku using brute force, but brute force is no fun and unfortunately I can't visualize in my mind how to do those more advanced solving techniques in code.
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Postby Onizaru » Sun Apr 30, 2006 6:39 pm

I got brain age friday and am loving every minute of it. Still havn't quite picked up on the Sudoku game yet. I'll try it now. I as well have been out of school about a year. I started of at 52 and have made it to 37. Then it went back to fifty.
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Postby zepherin » Sun Apr 30, 2006 7:11 pm

Those games physically hurt me.
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Postby Spike » Sun Apr 30, 2006 7:29 pm

I play pen and paper Sudoku a lot, but I don't enjoy it enough to pursue it electronically.
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Postby freeyourmind775 » Sun Apr 30, 2006 7:38 pm

InsideTheAsylum wrote:I wrote a sudoku solver in C++. </offtopic>

Well, I haven't finished writing it, but it can solve basic straight-forward sudoku. It'd be trivial to make it solve for all sudoku using brute force, but brute force is no fun and unfortunately I can't visualize in my mind how to do those more advanced solving techniques in code.


I wrote one in VB :)
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Postby InsideTheAsylum » Sun Apr 30, 2006 7:42 pm

Pfft, VB xP
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Postby freeyourmind775 » Sun Apr 30, 2006 7:47 pm

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Postby InsideTheAsylum » Sun Apr 30, 2006 7:54 pm

It's also going ot hurt when I get to your house with a can opener and get that leet speak out of your head ;_;
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Re: Brain Age/Sudoku

Postby Kazuo Kiriyama » Sun Apr 30, 2006 8:23 pm

I'm interested, but I have a question.

For Sudoku, can you make little marks or reminders on the screen? It's the main reason why I prefer pen and paper to e-sudoku.
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Re: Brain Age/Sudoku

Postby VWG » Sun Apr 30, 2006 8:29 pm

My mom has become obbsessed with book Sudoku*. She keeps buying them. It's like her with dvds, I can't make her stop! @.@




*It took more times then it should have to get her to pronounce it right...
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Postby Onizaru » Sun Apr 30, 2006 8:49 pm

You can indeed make those litle reminder or idea marks. I just started playing and it is very fun.
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Postby Dave » Sun Apr 30, 2006 9:42 pm

Yeah I love it so. I'm making my roommate play it right now actually.
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Re: Brain Age/Sudoku

Postby the unknown one » Sun Apr 30, 2006 11:42 pm

Recently found a book with about 200 Sudoku puzzles at the library. I haven't been as thankful as I am now that I have free and easy access to a printer that has xerox capabilities. ^_^

Don't have a DS, but I'm very intrigued about Brain Age.
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Postby Spike » Mon May 01, 2006 1:32 am

I introduced my dad to Sudoku this Christmas and he's inseparable from it now. If I told him you could get Sudoku on the DS... well, he'd probably steal my DS 0_o

Meh, it might be worth looking into. but it'll have the regular sticker, right? $39-49? hrnnn
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Re: Brain Age/Sudoku

Postby Dave » Mon May 01, 2006 1:44 pm

nah only 20 bucks American here so maybe $25 or so there? And I don't know how many puzzles it has right now it seems like 150-ish? I don't know for sure because I have an entire section that's ???? out because I haven't earned it yet. But that's my guess. SudoKu is more of the side thing to the game that quickly became the main thing for me.
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Postby Acktoo » Mon May 01, 2006 1:46 pm

Kazuo's Calvin and Hobbes avatar ftw.

Sudoko bugs me. I'll stick with my Tetris.
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Postby Bri » Mon May 01, 2006 5:58 pm

O.o you do now that there are electronic sudoku puzzles to buy. and theyre about £5 ($8) each.

Also there is a lady in England who's name is Sue Doku.
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Postby Smaug » Mon May 01, 2006 6:01 pm

Ummm there are free sudoku puzzles online.
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Postby Dave » Mon May 01, 2006 9:13 pm

Yeah but do those free Sudoku puzzles online tell you your went at train speed afterwards? I think not. If I can get a rocket score on Sudoku I'm finished with life because I've just hit the piniacle.
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Postby Horu » Mon May 01, 2006 10:04 pm

I want to get crap like that for my wife, its the kind of games she would LOVE. And on top of that she hasn't gone to school in years, she really doesn't realize that useing your brain is very much like using a muscle (not that it breaks down but yeah...). If you don't practice with it you can't use it to the full extent of its capacity.

I honestly have noticed a difference in how much better I perform now than at the begingin of this semester alone.

Ohh Dave, I got an A- in that Geography class you helped do the maps in.
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Re: Brain Age/Sudoku

Postby the unknown one » Mon May 01, 2006 11:08 pm

Is there anyplace online that has the circular or 16 x 16-square (the ones that use the letters "A"-"G", as well as 1-9) sudoku grids?

As if I don't have enough trouble with a couple of the nice, smaller ones.
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Postby Dave » Tue May 02, 2006 1:12 am

I just heard of those crazy ones. I've never seen them but wow it sounds like fun.
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Re: Brain Age/Sudoku

Postby the unknown one » Tue May 02, 2006 1:31 am

If you can find it, the book Total Sudoku by Michael Mepham has about 10 of each of the ones I mentioned. Including the regular one, there are 200 altogether.

I also just got word of one by the same person called Jumbo Sudoku, which contains 400. Pencil-snapping good fun all around. ^_^
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Postby Dave » Tue May 02, 2006 12:51 pm

They need to mix it up more. Maybe the horizontal lines go one through a lot. and the vertical ones go one through nine and then make them rectangle and not always vertical lines in every spot and yeah make some really intersting designs. I should make a weird one for fun. But won't.
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