The Apple IIe vs. The Game Boy

Purpose: Since it's invention, the computer has become more technically advanced. As time progressed, computers have become faster, harder working, and smarter. This week, this advancement will be tested over a famous background - the chessboard. The two computer systems that will be tested are the Apple IIe computer made roughly in 1983, and the Nintendo Game Boy, made roughly in 1990, the game used will be Sargon Chess II.

Hypothesis: Based on technological advancement, the hypothesis of this experiment is that the Game Boy will win the tournament. This hypothesis is based on the fact that the Game Boy will be able to analyze more moves quicker then the Apple IIe.

Equipment: This experiment will require a two computer systems which one is older then the other, and a chess program that is common to them both. This experiment used Sargon II Chess master for it's games, this program was developed in 1979, and is usable by both the Game Boy and Apple IIe computer.

Procedure: The tournament between the two consisted of a best of 5 matches. Sargon Chess has 6 levels of mastery, for this experiment, two games were played at level 1, two at level 2 and one game at level 3. Both played black and white for levels 1 and 2, and a coin tossed decided who played which color on level 3. For actual play, Black and White had to be decided for the two computers, then after the computer moved white, the move would be noted, and inputted into the other computer, this process is repeated for the games. Record results.

Results: The results for the following games are:

Apple wins tournament five games to zero.

Conclusion: The experiment has proven the hypothesis wrong, and the Apple dominated the chess board over the Game Boy. Despite the slaughter, in Game Boy's defense, it was playing music throughout the games. For a complete experiment, the two computers should have been tested at their hardest level which is 6, however, Scientific AmeriKen doubts the Game Boy's battery power would last the 3 days it would take to finish such an experiment.

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