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20Q handheld offers hours of fun for $25

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January 20, 2004

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Okay, this is kinda cheesy but rates as fun and has a knack for keeping young children amused for extended periods of time with healthy thought-provoking interaction.

The 20Q is a handheld game based on the popular website20Q.net - a version of the classic 20 questions guessing game that uses artificial intelligence to guess what you are thinking based on the answers you provide.

The site has been around for a while (since 1995) and they've learned a lot along the way and you can play the game on-line to see what to expect from the handheld, or test their V6 beta version which is even better.

To play, think of an everyday object. You must firstly identify whether your chosen object is animal, vegetable or mineral and then answer a series of 20 questions.

If it guesses correctly within 20 questions, it wins. If not, you win! And win it does ... in the vast majority of cases. Now it's not perfect, and we can't verify the claim it really is artificial intelligence, but hey, it's only AUD$24.95 and the perfect entertainment for small children (and a few big ones) for car trips, flights and long queues in waiting rooms!

20Q is available now from Big W, David Jones, Kmart, Myer, Target, Toys "R" Us and Toyworld with an RRP of $24.99 and is distributed by Dorcy Irwin Pacific. For stockist information, please call Dorcy Irwin Pacific Customer Service on 1800 228 889.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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