It’s possible to build a Turing machine within Magic: The Gathering

It’s possible to build a Turing machine within Magic: The Gathering

Enlarge / Assemble just the right deck, and draw just the right cards, and you’ll get the equivalent of a universal Turing machine within the game, a new study finds. That makes it the most computationally complex real-world game yet known. (credit: Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images)

Consider this hypothetical scenario: Bob and Alice are playing a game of Magic: The Gathering. It’s normal game play at first, as, say, Filigree robots from Kaladesh face off against werewolves and vampires from Innistrad. But then Alice draws just the right card from her customized deck, and suddenly Bob finds himself caught in the equivalent of a Turing machine, the famed abstract device that can simulate any computer algorithm. Thanks to the peculiarities of the rules of Magic, Bob can now only finish the game when he meets whatever condition Alice has programmed her in-game algorithm to accomplish—for example,

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Post-End Game, Russo Brothers to adapt Magic: The Gathering for Netflix

Post-End Game, Russo Brothers to adapt Magic: The Gathering for Netflix

Enlarge / “Being able to help bring these stories to life through animation is a true passion project for us,” Joe and Anthony Russo said in a joint statement. (credit: Netflix/Wizards of the Coast)

Avengers: End Game might have stopped short of toppling Avatar as the highest-grossing film worldwide, but it has still raked in a staggering $2.71 billion globally. And now Deadline Hollywood reports that the next project for co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo will be an adaptation of the hugely popular and influential card game Magic: The Gathering into an animated series for Netflix.

Clearly, Netflix is looking to tap into that lucrative Russo brothers box office mojo, and who can blame them? The brothers have produced “four Marvel Studios hits in five years with $6.61 billion in global box office,” per Deadline Hollywood. Octopie Network will be co-producing with Bardel Entertainment overseeing the animation.

“Our goal

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