Go: Master the game

The third video from  the Play More Go project was released this week.



Here are their first and second videos for anyone who’s missed them.

As with the previous two videos, please feel free to share your thoughts and discuss the video with other Go players here.

About David Ormerod

David is a Go enthusiast who’s played the game for more than a decade. He likes learning, teaching, playing and writing about the game Go. He's taught thousands of people to play Go, both online and in person at schools, public Go demonstrations and Go clubs. David is a 5 dan amateur Go player who competed in the World Amateur Go Championships prior to starting Go Game Guru. He's also the editor of Go Game Guru.

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  1. David Ormerod says:

    My thoughts:

    I liked the concept of this video, even though it was clearly channeling Nike.

    The voice over could possibly be improved by someone with a deeper voice, who spoke a little more slowly.

    It really reminded me of this new ad by Nike (which is quite entertaining):

    However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because ‘Just Do It’ is pop philosophy at its best, as well as being one of the world’s most successful marketing campaigns ever.

  2. I really like this one and all the others, as you concentrate not only on the game but the philosophy behind it. Not everyone understands this unfortunately, and this is where the criticism comes from IMHO.

    I can’t wait for part 4 😉

  3. Yes, I like it. Nothing freaky about go, just another great sport that needs all the serious attention if you want to excel. It would be great if everybody with the built-in hidden go virus gives go a try and discovers what beauty and excitement is waiting for them.

    Kind regards,

  4. These are very pretty and fun, but it’s unclear to me what their purpose is. It seems to be trying to act as an advertisement of the game, inspiring more people to pick up Go, however it lacks any sort of informative dialogue or any other indicators that this is an attempt to reach a broad audience. Therefore I have to assume this is project for the sake of making ourselves (Go players) feel good about ourselves, with the target audience being people who already play.

    My subjective opinion is that these videos are silly. They make bold visual comparisons between an intellectually-based board game and physically taxing sports, which is a fine comparison, but presented in an action-oriented visual context it fails to communicate an accurate representation of the game’s draw and intrigue.

  5. This still fails to utilize any of the rich Asian tradition of the game. I also thought it was an unfortunate (hopefully unintentional) subliminal message…. Black male playing a White female…. black man playing black (traditionally the inferior player). What is being said? (watch it again from that perspective). Of course they could have both been 9 dans in a tournament, but still. To present a mixed gender, mix race video is fine… let the black guy play white. The problem may all stemming from my being a player. Oh well.

  6. it is embarassantly worse than the trailer “the surrounding game” that you can find in the links from this video.