Fred Baldwin reports that “on p. 212 of one of Walter Mosley’s noir crime novels, Known to Evil (2010) the detective Leonid McGill sums up the results of an online search. ‘Bug must have been serious about Zephyra because I received a long document from him, giving me all kinds of hitherto unrevealed information about Angie. She’d participated in a few long-distance runs of ten kilometers or more and worked for the Hillary campaign during the primaries. She played Go over the Internet and was pretty good at it, earning an emerald rating at a California club.’ I have no clue what an ‘emerald rating’ in go means,” says Baldwin, “but, hey, it was in California.”
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Monday March 6, 2017
Tuesday February 28, 2017
The second season of AMC’s science fiction series, Humans, features go in its second episode, reports Alicia Seifrid. The award-winning television drama explores the social and psychological impact of anthropomorphic robots having their own free will. In the episode, artificial intelligence scientist, Dr. Athena Morrow, finds Silicon Valley billionaire, Milo Khoury, finishing up a game of go with the son of one of his colleagues. As a part of their discussion while Dr. Morrow helps him to clear away the stones, Milo notes that, “there are more possible moves in go than there are atoms in the observable universe; just a bunch of little stones on a piece of wood. People like you and me, we need facts like that to remind us of our own insignificance.” The series currently airs on Sundays at 10p ET on AMC.
Thanks to Paul Wiegand and Gordon Castanza for flagging this as well.
- Brian Kirby
Thursday February 2, 2017
“There is a nice allusion to go in Han Kang’s novel, The Vegetarian, winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize,” writes Tony Koslow. On page 164 (2016 US paperback edition translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith):
There’s been a time when she could spend hours like this, weighing up all the variables that might have contributed to determining Yeong-hye’s fate. Of course it was entirely in vain, this act of mentally picking up and counting the paduk stones that have been laid out on the board of her sister’s life.
Monday January 30, 2017
“Reddit on their app download has a picture of the AlphaGo news,” reports Barry Physics.
Wednesday December 21, 2016
The 2015 computer game “Shadowrun: Hong Kong” features go, reports Eric Rasmussen. In one scene, a handful of non-player 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
Sunday December 18, 2016
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.’”
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, we 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.”
Saturday November 26, 2016
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 wooden go bowls. No stones, no boards, just bowls! They’re available in their online catalog. Crazy!”
Saturday October 15, 2016
“In the ‘Deadly Games’ episode of the TV series ‘Diagnosis Murder’ (Season 5), the main character, Dr. Mark Sloan, played 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.’”