mushu999 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Many years ago when the original Linux Journal was still a thing, they ran an annual Obfuscated Perl contest which was, arguably, the best thing in the magazine. In one issue someone created a Perl program to play the game of Go against the computer and they formatted the code to look like a Go board with the starting black and white pieces placed in their starting locations. I have been unable to find that anywhere...apparently my google-fu is just sna-fu. Do any (older) readers happen to have a copy of that or know where I can find it?

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Re: Looking for old Perl code
by marto (Cardinal) on Mar 23, 2023 at 13:22 UTC

    The contest ran from 1996 to 2000. If search engines aren't finding it for you, you may have to examine the archive, note the ISO download.

Re: Looking for old Perl code (Linux Journal)
by LanX (Saint) on Mar 23, 2023 at 13:27 UTC
Re: Looking for old Perl code
by kcott (Archbishop) on Mar 23, 2023 at 13:27 UTC
Re: Looking for old Perl code
by hexcoder (Deacon) on Mar 25, 2023 at 12:04 UTC
Re: Looking for old Perl code
by mushu999 (Novice) on Mar 24, 2023 at 16:03 UTC
    Thank you all so much! Hopefully those hints will help me. I sure miss those good ol' days...everything was new and exciting... EDIT: UGH...apparently it was "The Perl Journal" and not the Linux Journal. Too many journals...
Re: Looking for old Perl code
by hv (Prior) on Mar 25, 2023 at 15:15 UTC

    Clutching at straws a bit here, could you possibly be thinking of TheDamian's obfuscated perl entry "SelfGOL", which plays (the other) Conway's "Game of Life" on itself? You can see it here for example.

      Thanks for posting. No, it was definitely the game of Go as the source code itself was used to draw a checked playing board with the two pieces placed diagonally in the middle and ready for the first move. If you printed out the code it would print a Go board with four pieces on it. And it actually ran and played a good game of Go! I had all of these cool things on old hard drives that all failed and this one stuck in my head is all, it is probably lost to history now...sad. It *might* have been an entry to the obfuscated Perl contest that was part of the winners due to its code size, thus would only be in the printed magazine.