Play Test: The Binary Game

| May 18, 2010

This is the final game that will be posted in preparation for the seminar this week. It’s called ‘The Binary Game’. The game is created by Cisco systems, a company founded by Stanford graduates that is leading the development of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies.

The game is based on the binary numbering system which is used by computer programmers. “Each ‘bit’ – the smallest unit of storage in a computer’s memory – can have only two states, 0 or 1. These two states correspond to the off and on states of the electronic switches that make up the brain of the computer. The binary system is used in virtually all electronics including computers and networking equipment such as routers and switches. The address of nearly every device on the Internet must be converted into a binary number. The Binary Game teaches strategies related to the binary system, a foundation knowledge used by Cisco CCNA certified professionals to install, configure and operate local-area networks (LAN), wide-area networks (WAN) and access services for small networks.” – Cisco press release 2006.

The Cisco Binary Game is designed to provide for serious learning in a fun, engaging format. The goal is to master the ability to convert decimal numbers to binary numbers and back again. The game claims that unlike most other learning games that simply test knowledge, it teaches you while you play. It is a score based game and as you achieve higher scores and advance levels, patterns and conversion strategies begin to emerge. Before you know it, you’ll be mastering the conversion of eight-digit binary numbers to decimals—in your head. The more you play, the better you become.

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Click here to play.
Tip: Choose to read the quick instructions before you play.