Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Zero-Sum Game Opposite?
Economist: Noughts and Crosses is a zero sum game, a ZSG.
Economist: Means one player wins, the other loses.
Student: What do you call it when both players win?
Economist: A game where everyone wins? A win-win game. A positive sum game.
Student: What about a game where everyone loses?
Economist: Like nuclear war? A negative sum game I guess.
Is there an opposite to a zero-sum game? Here’s an interesting discussion.
Video games are almost all zero sum games. In a very difficult game, if you give up, the game wins. I’m hard put to suggest a video game where everyone wins. For a short introduction to video games go here.