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The power of play

By Tom Chatfield  

Entertainment has always been instrumental to innovation in computing. Gamers are hungry for newer and faster graphics, sounds and interfaces—and, while the adage “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” may be meaningful in the context of a word processing package whose successive versions merely tinker with appearances, the same can never be said of products whose raison d’être is to thrill and delight more thoroughly than their predecessors and competitors.

Traditionally, however, high science has pursued a different path to that of home computing and consoles, dealing in supercomputing arrays specifically adapted for the kind of equations and puzzles…

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