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Go Spotting: “Shadowrun” Computer Game

Wednesday December 21, 2016

The 2015 computer game “Shadowrun: Hong Kong” features go, reports Eric Rasmussen. In one scene, a handful of non-2016.12.19_shadowrun_hong_kong_goplayer characters sit around a go game in progress. The player can speak with them, but, unfortunately, cannot join in their fun. “Shadowrun: Hong Kong” is one of the latest games exploring the cyberpunk world of Shadowrun, a fantasy role playing game that started in the 1980s with a tabletop RPG ruleset. The series depicts a near-future version of Earth in which corrupt corporations have led a world full of sprawling metropolises into a gritty, dangerous, hi-tech age. However, unlike many cyberpunk adventures, this world also includes magic and fantasy creatures like Elves and Orcs, alongside the high tech weaponry and hacking-oriented futuristic themes. The turn-based role playing game is available on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.
- Noah Doss

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Go Spotting: Documentary: “Tora, Tora, Tora”

Sunday December 18, 2016

Japanese naval personnel may be seen playing both go and shogi at 31:38 in “Pearl Harbor: Tora, Tora, Tora: True Story of 2016.12.11_ToraToraToraPearl Harbor,” the History Channel documentary from 2000.

In a related film, Daniel Acheson, who sent in this item, also reports that “A relic from the time of World War II, Frank Capra’s 1945 propaganda film Know Your Enemy — Japan’ mentions go.”  Acheson writes that the film speaks of “attempts to eradicate Western influence in Showa-era Japan” and asserts that “Western card games were purged in favor of [go]” which they refer to as “a game of super chess.” The narrator then notes, “somewhat threateningly, that it is ‘a game of military strategy.’”

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Go Spotting: League of Legends Azir champion

Saturday December 17, 2016

Go is featured in the League of Legends Azir champion skin preview, reports Daniel Chou. “In a pre-release video teaser, we2016.12.11_League of Legends Azir champion skin preview see Azir sitting in front of a Goban as he recalls back to the Fountain. League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) where two teams battle each other to capture important objectives on the map in order to reach and destroy the enemy team Nexus. Each player selects a champion to play for the duration of a game. Occasionally the player would recall his champion back to the fountain to regenerate in-game champion stats and to spend earned gold on upgraded items.”

“The champion Azir appropriately pays homage to go; according to League of Legends lore, Azir was the Emperor reawakened after millennia lying dormant beneath the desert that overtook the once-powerful Shurima Empire.” Click here for more info on Azir.

 

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Go Spotting: Go artefacts

Saturday November 26, 2016

While doing some go research recently, Tony Collman “came across this little feature on go 2016.11.26-go-artefactsartefacts, with many beautiful photographs which may interest your readers.”

 

 

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Go Spotting: Going Beyond Bed & Bath

Monday October 17, 2016

“This is the strangest place I’d ever think to find go equipment,” reports Andrew Jackson. “Bed Bath & Beyond is selling 2016.10.16_BB&B-Burl Wood Go Bowlswooden go bowls. No stones, no boards, just bowls! They’re available in their online catalog. Crazy!”

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Go Spotting: ‘Deadly Games’ TV show

Saturday October 15, 2016

“In the ‘Deadly Games’ episode of the TV series ‘Diagnosis Murder’ (Season 5), the main character, Dr. Mark Sloan, 2016.10.12_diagnosis-murderplayed by Dick Van Dyke learns and plays go,” writes Erwin Gerstorfer. “Here’s the summary of the episode on the Internet Movie Database, which even includes links to the AGA and BGA: ‘In this episode Mark Sloan (Dick van Dyke) has to play Wei-ch’i (Weiqi), more commonly known as Go. He suspects bodyguard Frank Waldeck (Michael Beck) of not being all he seems and plays Go against him to try and suss his strategy. You can find out more about Go at usgo.org or britgo.org.’”  

 

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Go Spotting: “Saturn Run” novel

Friday October 14, 2016

“Just finished the novel Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein,” writes Michael Goerss.  “In this novel set in the 2060’s, 2016.10.12_saturn-runtwo members of a spaceship crew use a 3D printer to make a go board and stones.  They reference the game briefly on pages 202, 216 and 218 in my hardcover copy, and the beginner manages to get his handicap down to seven stones.  He also reads ‘a famous Go instruction book by Nicholai Hel,’ who was of course the main character of Shibumi by Trevanian.  Sort of go spotting squared, with one literary go player referencing another. “

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Go Spotting: Kubo and the Two Strings; NYPD Red 2 Redux

Wednesday October 5, 2016

Kubo and the Two Strings: “At the beginning of the new stop-motion animation movie “Kubo and the Two Strings,” 2016.10.05_Kubo and the Two Strings two villagers are seen playing go briefly,” writes Marc Hedlund. “My go-pl2016.10.05_NYPD Red 2aying daughter was very excited about this (as was I)!”

NYPD Red 2 Redux: “A dozen Chinese men from twenty-something to eighty-something were grouped in a semicircle, chain-smoking and watching two men hunched over a makeshift table. They were playing Go, the two-thousand-year-old Chinese board game.” From “NYPD Red 2” by James Patterson & Marshall Karp, sent in by EJ reader Gene Halverson. See also Go Spotting: Patterson’s NYPD Red 2 (7/24/2015).

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Go Spotting: Buzzfeed’s “10 Awesome Board Games” and Bananya

Tuesday September 13, 2016

Buzzfeed’s “10 Awesome Board Games”: Go made Buzzfeed’s list of “10 Awesome Board Games You Probably Haven’t Heard Of” back in 2012. It came in at #6, 2016.08.27_buzzfeed-logobehind Eureka, The Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Diplomacy and Say Anything, but it did beat out Agricola, Wits & Wagers, Puerto Rico and Betrayal at House on the Hill. “While ‘Go’ is, in essence, two players just taking turns laying stones on a grid,” says BuzzFeed, the level of depth to the game is actually astounding.
photo: Luis de Bethencourt / CC BY http://2.0 / Flickr: luisbg; thanks to Joshua Guarino for passing this along. 

2016.08.27_Bananya Episode 3

 

Bananya: In the current season of the anime series “Bananya,” the main character is seen watching TV during Episode 3 with one of the channels being a televised go game, reports Grant Farmer. “Bananya watches the game for about 12 seconds and, as a cat who lives in a banana, does not understand the game,” says Farmer. “The nature documentary style narrator of Bananya asserts it was a good move, but admits to not actually knowing.” 

 

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Go Spotting: The Japanese Miracle Men, My Golden Days & Dragon Inn

Saturday August 27, 2016

Ralph Hewins’ The Japanese Miracle Men (1967) provides portraits of the most influential Japanese tycoons of the post-war2016.08.27_Japanese Miracle Men period, “and for several of them it is highlighted that they were keen go players,” writes Erwin Gerstorfer. “Some of them even having the highest amateur Dan level of that time.” Among the go-playing tycoons behind the economic rise of Japan after World War II were Taizō Ishizaka and oil magnate Taro Yamashita. In the book, Ishizaka, who was president of the Japanese Federation of Economic Organizations and 2016.08.27_dragoninnpromoted go internationally, relates his go experience and his success in business, Gerstorfer says.

“Recently saw the films My Golden Days (2015) and Dragon Inn (1967, left) at the Cleveland Cinematheque,” writes Steve Zilber. “The first has the boyfriend starting to teach his new girl friend how to play (just a few seconds) and the second has two Chinese soldiers playing before they’re attacked (again, just a few seconds). Zilber is president of the Cleveland Go Club.

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