Evolution of a Go program

About the development of Moyo Go Studio, software to (help) play the Oriental game of Go. Go is a two-player zero-sum game of perfect information. It is considered much harder than Chess. Currently, in spite of enormous effort expended, no computer program plays it above the level of a beginner.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

AGA ratcheting up Cyberwarfare

The same AGA minion (Philip Waldron) who last month liked AGA members to believe that there was no more recent Go databasing program than the decade-old BiGo, today claims - without elaborating - in AGA's eJournal that good old freeware Kombilo is in fact "as good, or better than any commercial Go databasing software".

What a coincidence! 48 hours ago I announced a full implementation of "Kombilo" type search in MoyoGo, making MoyoGo
vastly superior to Kombilo because MoyoGo also offers instant "pattern expertise" with its gigantic pattern move urgency database.

I guess that halving MasterGo's price did not increase sales, hence the "scorched earth" strategy.

Some high-ranking AGA officials have a commercial interest in boycotting Moyo Go. They refused to publish a review by AGA members twice, and instead they ran two vitriolic articles with things like "He might install a virus on my computer". AGA has been penalized by the Ing foundation: All funding has been withdrawn (it used to be 100,000 USD/year), because William Cobb (AGA board of Directors) and Gordon Fraser (AGA webmaster) allegedly used Ing money to start their company "Slate and Shell", together with MasterGo's programmer Chuck Robbins. Slate & Shell and AGA seem a tightly knit commercial Siamese twin: At the time of writing, the AGA's contact page has links to Slate & Shell all over it. As far as I can remember, AGA runs regular advertorials for MasterGo, and MoyoGo's great success (two hundred copies sold in the first half year) has all but marginalized MasterGo, hence perhaps the "dumping" for half price.

AGA to this day refuses to disclose how their bidding process for materials purchases is done - public allegations/insinuations have been made that they let Slate & Shell supply the materials and funnel back the proceeds to private pockets.

AGA has put me on their banlist for their eJournal, I am subscribed to it but I do not receive it any more since they started publishing anti-MoyoGo articles. The funny thing is - these tactics don't work. Their first - utterly slanderous - article increased my sales so much that it became a kind of an emergency because I ran out of printable DVD's and they had ran out of them here.