As reported from the Licensing Expo last week, Radica Games (a division of Mattel) is working on a Star Trek version of their popular hand-held “mind reading” game 20Q. But you don’t have to wait until the game is in stores. You can play a version of the game online at a new website launched today, and you will help make the programed AI for the hand held version even smarter.
A Different Kind of Star Trek Q…20Q
The object of the game is for the player to think of a sentient being, place, or thing from Star Trek. Then, 20Q starts asking questions to which the player responds with “Yes” “No” “Maybe” “Irrelevant” “Don’t Know” and other answers. 20Q wins if it guesses your selection at 20 questions or less. The player wins after 20 questions, although the game tries to keep guessing after that.
It is adapting Captain
To help design the game, and to teach the Artificial Intelligence engine that runs the device more about Star Trek, 20Q is inviting fans to visit and play the online version of the game at 20q.net/startrek By playing, you are helping teach the AI about Star Trek which will eventually make the hand held game better. The folks at Radica/Mattel tell TrekMovie that they want to get 1 million games played online before they feel the AI has learned enough to be ready for the hand held version. So, like the Borg, M-5 and V’Ger, it is evolving, adapting and getting smarter. The online AI is actually pretty smart already. When my family and I played, 20Q was able to guess our answer and win 80% of the games played. It is amazing how good the game is already at guessing even the most obscure references. However, it does have some learning to do and that is where you come in.
Trek joins the 20Q Phenomenon
Started as a website game in the early 2000 and then becoming a hand held device in 2004, 20Q is now a genuine phenomena, selling nearly 15 million hand held versions during 2004 and 2006, and nearly 64 million online games played. 20Q has won the 2006 Toy Industry Association Electronic Entertainment Toy of the Year and many other awards. The licensed 20Q games include The Simpsons, Harry Potter, Disney, and now Star Trek. They hand held versions retail for $14.99. 20Q games are available at nearly every large retailer in America and Canada, and their Star Trek game is another example of how the next year is going to be the year of Star Trek.
Play Star Trek 20Q NOW: at 20Q.net/Star Trek and try to stump the newest version of the all-powerful neural-net of 20Q™