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Presenter: Mark Metaphor
Artist/Company: Mark Metaphor
Artform: Cabaret
Rating: G
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What can James Bond’s casino strategies teach us about maths & psychology? What matters more, skill or strategy? Who would win in a fight between Muhammad Ali & ROCKY? How can a beaten brain outwit brawn? A mathematical multimedia lecture cracking the human Game Theory codes behind the best sporting moments of our species & cinema's greatest games.

A semi-sequel companion piece to last year's GUNSLINGING GAME THEORY, which studied the psychology & mathematics behind the Mexican standoffs of Clint Eastwood's spaghetti westerns. Even if you've never heard of statistical Game Theory or Behavioural Economics, bring your human-all-too-human curiosity about our so-called 'human nature' as we ask what cards, chess, football, basketball, boxing, baseball, billiards & dice can teach us about the games we play with each other, and ourselves, every single day.

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Check out for last year's GUNSLINGING GAME THEORY videos, upcoming card games & more.

TalkFringe Reviews

  1. Loc T.
    GD Star Rating

    Mark Metaphor is the maths teacher that I wish I had back when I was in high school!

    His show “Games People Play” is basically a lesson in how mathematics and game theory is applied in popular culture with footage from various movies running in the background.

    He covers a wide variety of games including Poker, Chess and Baseball and gives us a look “under the hood” at the mechanics of how each game was developed with references to history and cinema.

    The show is free and suitable for anyone who is a bit of a nerd, loves mathematics, game theory, sports theory or even history.

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