“The only game in town.”. Long before I got my Commodore 64, I… | by Matthew Arnold Stern | Oct, 2021

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Matthew Arnold Stern

Long before I got my Commodore 64, I had a cardboard computer simulator called CARDIAC. This was part of a gifted class in elementary school that included a trip to the UCLA computer lab. Like any computer, CARDIAC came with games. One of them was single-pile nim. This is a mathematical game with a specified set of outcomes. You can program CARDIAC so it always picks the right outcomes and always wins. This is no fun, as anyone who played a…

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