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It is infinite if it isn't? (Posted on 2005-04-12) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Most two person games are finite; for example, chess has rules that don't allow an infinite game, and tic-tac-toe obviously ends after at most 9 plays.

Let's define a new two person game: the "Metagame". The first player first picks any two person finite game (e.g., chess or tic-tac-toe). Then, the second player sets up the board (or whatever is needed) and makes the first move in that game, and the Metagame winner will be whoever wins that game.

The question: is Metagame finite or infinite?

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re: the answer is yes in that any game will be either finite of infinite and no in that metagame itself can not be classified as either | Comment 31 of 35 |
(In reply to the answer is yes in that any game will be either finite of infinite and no in that metagame itself can not be classified as either by matthew walker)

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  Posted by Hugo on 2006-04-18 12:40:17
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