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Etymology of "unlimited game"

Posted By: Timothy Chow
Date: Monday, 31 March 2014, at 2:57 p.m.

In Response To: Etymology of "unlimited game" (Tom Keith)

Here's another post that I replied to by email but figured is worth replying to publicly.

Tom Keith wrote:

Chuck Bower originally brought up this question in March of 2010 in this thread. While there was no consensus in that thread, Tim Chow and others subsequently started using the term "unlimited game" in their posts to this site and the term seemed to catch on.

The above description is misleading. The term in question certainly predates 2010.

FIBS has been using the term "unlimited match" since 1993 if not since its inception (you could check with Patti to find out for sure). Now, you could argue that this is not exactly the same as what is currently meant by an "unlimited game." One major motivation for the unlimited matches on FIBS was that they were not rated; it wasn't an exact synonym for "money game." Also, the word "unlimited" was primarily intended to refer to the number of games, not the size of the cube. Indeed, there were some complaints by people who wanted to play just an "individual game" that "unlimited match" had the wrong connotations. Still, the word "unlimited" was around, and was used to refer to something pretty close to what is currently meant by an unlimited game.

By 2008, the Cameron/Othello quiz was using the term "Unlimited game"; it had previously used the term "Money game."

The first occurrence of "unlimited games" on BGO also seems to have been in 2008. Daniel Murphy seems to have been the first to use the term "Unlimited Match" on BGO in 2009, in the same sense that the term "unlimited game" is used today.

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