Lloyd Peter
20090223 23:04:49 
SUDOKU PUZZES & OTHERS
I currently resides in Malaysia. In Malaysia, more & more youngsters involved in Sudoku puzzles; Gameboy games; Nintendo games as well as PSP games.
Traditional & classic games, such as, Mathematics puzzles, mazes, logic puzzles, number puzzles & etc., have been treated in our country as oldfashioned & boring games.
Many youngsters have been switched from classical puzzles to Sudoku puzzles since Sudoku puzzles adopt simply logical analysis to solve puzzles.
If you visit the books shelves in most part of Malaysia, classical puzzles, Mathematics puzzles have been found rare in this country.
I do not know whether it would discover the trends in other countries too.
Discuss.

Brian Smith
20090224 00:03:06 
Re: SUDOKU PUZZES & OTHERS
There are sudoku books on almost every newsstand and magazine rack I come across, but I do not think that the reason is that people have stopped figuring out more traditional puzzles.
I think the surge of sudoku's popularity is that the puzzles can be made very easy if necessary and that simple logic is all that is needed to solve the easier puzzles.
With how easy it is to learn sudoku, people who might never have even looked at a puzzle book are now taking an interest in sudoku but not bothering to look for other kinds of puzzles.
Another factor might be that sudoku is very easy for a newspaper to squeeze alongside the traditional crossword puzzle. So people will not even have to buy anything to try out sudoku puzzles if one is printed in the daily paper. 
Lloyd Peter
20090224 00:51:48 
Re: SUDOKU PUZZES & OTHERS
To my observation in buses and train in Malaysia, it could easily be found where most of the people figure out ways to solve Sudoku puzzles. Not only that, you could easily find people solving Sudoku puzzles in book shops.
I did browse through Sudoku puzzles, some are damned hard that it could not be easily solved.
Other than Sudoku puzzles,most youngsters involve actively in playing Gameboy, Nitendo and PSP games and these games seem to dominate among most of the lives of the youngsters..
Indeed, it could hardly find a person in Malaysia that is willing to spare their times in solving classical puzzles, Mathematical puzzles, logical puzzles than Sudoku puzzles and PSP games and etc. 
brianjn
20090224 01:11:08 
Re: SUDOKU PUZZES & OTHERS
Lloyd Peter, there are members here who might care to share in your discussion.
Might we please relocate to a better venue, General Discussion and take it up there? 