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Even though many games have at least some element of deduction, only recently
have games appeared in which deduction is the central element. These can be divided
into three families. Purely abstract games, of which the archetype is Master Mind,
usually only for two players. These require pure abstract reasoning, to the point
of feeling like you are beating each other over the head with baseball bats.
Click on one of the five spaces to change the color of the rock in it. Deduction
puzzle game. You can choose from five colors. When you press done, you get a white
rock for every rock in the right place, and a black rock for every rock that is
the right color, but in the wrong space. Use this information to make another guess.
See whether you can guess the combination in 10 or fewer turns.
visual memory game.
What is deduction
deduction (plural deductions)
that which is deducted; that which is subtracted or removed
a sum that can be removed from tax calculations; something that is written
off You might want to donate the old junk and just take the deduction.
a conclusion; that which is deduced, concluded or figured out He arrived
at the deduction that the butler didn't do it.
the ability or skill to deduce or figure out; the power of reason Through
his powers of deduction, he realized that the plan would never work.
(logic)a. a process of reasoning that moves from the general to the specific,
in which a conclusion follows necessarily from the premises presented, so that
the conclusion cannot be false if the premises are true. b. a conclusion reached
by this process
Many games, to differing degrees, have an element of deduction. A good Poker
player seeks to deduce the hands of his opponents by their behavior. He must pull
information from their card exchanges and bids, but also their gestures, eyes, and
expressions of happiness or discontent. Beginners are unpredictable, and that's
why no one wants to risk bluffing one in a Poker game.
In trick-taking games, like Whist, Bridge, or Tarot, deduction depends on the
tactics of the situation. In these games, the information from opponent's played
cards is crucial to deciding whether or not to take the trick. In Bridge, the various
bidding systems serve only to transform a very classical and straight forward bidding
system into complex codes allowing information to be passed to your partner. Deduction
is not only important in card games. Even in a game like Chess, which is among the
most strategic of games, and in which each player has perfect information about
his opponent's position,
Deduction is important. Unlike computers, which rely on
quickly calculating possible moves, a human must try and deduce the overall strategy
of his opponent. It is these guesses, rather than looking 10-20 moves ahead, which
decide the winner of a Chess match. Sometimes, as in Poker, the rules allow calculating
Deduction to be stepped on by its evil twin Bluff. Bluffing is the art of playing
a game as if you have a completely different strategy or capabilities than one actually
has. The sole purpose of this deceit is to undermine the reasoning of your opponent.
What it adds is, like in spy novels, a second degree to the deduction process, requiring
a player to filter out erroneous information. Bridge is even more complex in this
regard, you must give proper information to your partner, but not to your opponents.