Spades on the G1 and the filibuster

My favorite G1 app is Spades, the card game. It’s addictive and a great way to entertain myself when waiting for meetings to start. The main* complaint I have about the programming of the game is the behavior of the computer players when someone bids Nil.

When a player bids Nil, the player’s partner of course attempts to cover all of the Nil bidder’s cards. The bad part is that the competing players focus entirely on breaking the Nil. They ignore making their own bids; they only care about forcing the Nil bidder to take a hand.

I was reading Kevin Drum’s musings about the filibuster, and recognized that the behavior in the Senate that he’s describing is just like G1’s Spades. Each party is more concerned with breaking the Nil than meeting their own bid.

(*My other complaint is that the computer players will bid Nil while holding one or more face cards in spades – how stupid is that?)

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About schazjmd

After a mostly itinerant adult life, I landed in the Pacific Northwest and I love it.
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