Halo 2 fever is in the news again with the release of the new multiplayer maps. As a direct result, Halo 2 has become the hot Flavia Machine topic around the office and our other usual haunts. More than just Halo 2, the central focus has been Halo in general and more specifically, Halo philosophical discussions. Lately the discussion/debate has centered around the question, "Which weapon is better - the pistol or the battle rifle?"
Have you ever wondered how a $30 program can consistently beat you at chess? Computer chess programs calculate their game plan based on formulas -- algorithms that determine whether a position is "good" or "bad," taking the whole board into account.
Handheld controllers for gaming systems may soon be passe. We're now living at a time when we can shout commands or flail our limbs about to control our entertainment systems.