Have you ever played tictac game or tic tac toe? This simple paper and pencil game is something that almost every person in this world had played it at least one time in his/her life. Mostly, we introduced to this game when we were kid. We played it on the paper with pencil or pen, on the board, and maybe some of you played it on the dirt with stick. As long as we could draw the grid, x, and o, we could play this game anywhere. Now the game is even available online. It such a simple game yet very addictive.
How to Play the Game
Tic tac toe is a simple game played in 3 x 3 grid. It takes two players to play the game. The first player will get the “X” while the second get the “O”. Players will take turns to mark the space in the grid. The goal is to make 3 marks in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal). The game is commonly finished in just minutes and players may replay the game several times. Players who win the most will become the true winner.
The true origin of tic tac toe is still unknown but some experts believed that this three in a row game could be originated from ancient Egypt. Some people also believed that tic tac toe is related with three men’s Morris game.
Around first century, a similar game to three men’s Morris called terni lapilli is played in Roman Empire. The grid markings of the game were found chalked in number of places around Rome. This is believed to be the early variant of tic tac toe.
Tic tac toe is American name for the game. The named is believed to be derived from a game tick-tack-toe. This tick-tack-toe game is a game played by children on a slate with a set of numbers. With the eyes shut, the player brings pencil down on one of the numbers. The hit number is the score. The name then was used to be the name of today’s tic tac toe.
Tic tac toe has so many different names. In Britain, this game is called “noughts and crosses”. The first print reference to this British name appeared in Anthony Trollope’s novel year 1864. In other countries, it is called Xs and Os, Exy-ozys, xsie-osies, tit tat toe, tic tat toe, and more.
Simple Game But Hard to Win
Tic tac toe is a simple game. Very simple that we could play it almost anytime and anywhere as long as we have some surface and tool to draw grid and marks. Therefore, this game is commonly played by children with their paper and pencil or on the dirt when they play in the backyard. It is best to kill time and just to have fun between two friends or sometime in-group with the groups play in turns.
However, tic tac toe is not an easy game to win, especially when your opponent is smart. If both players are whizzes, the games are commonly end up with draw. It’s difficulty to win is somehow trigger so much challenge that makes us could not stop playing until we found the winner. If you constantly lose the games, you may so furious and do not want to stop until you win. This is why the game could become addictive, even for adult.
In order to win, thorough observation is required to determine possible positions. Your ability to determine possible positions will determine your possibility of winning or at least push it to draw. You must determine all possible positions for both you and your opponent. Sometime you only focus in creating winning positions for you but forget to think possible positions of the opponent. When it happen, you commonly end up with loss.
Many experts haven been analyzing this game and resulting some strategy to win the game. The common strategy is to put your first mark in the center. With obtaining the center grid, you will get more possibility to create rows. The other position with higher possibility to create rows is the corner.
Obtaining center and corner position is important but that is not a guarantee to win the game. You still need to play diligently in order to win. In order to win, firstly you need to get two marks in a row so you get the possibility to place the third mark in the row. In order to increase your opportunity to win, try to create a fork. A fork is an opportunity where you have two threats to win. With fork, your opponent could only block one line and the other one is free for you to win it.
Apart on creating winning position, you need to know how to block. When your opponent successfully creates opportunity line, you need to block the line. This is something crucial because in the middle of the game, you may too focus on your own winning position, unaware of your opponent positions, forget to block it, and lose. When you successfully apply winning and blocking position, you likely never lose.
Tic Tac Toe in Modern Society
From ancient time to this very day, tic tac toe has been part of human life. The game has been developing so much with the touch of culture, art, and technology. Now, we can see tic tac toe in different forms.
As a game, tic tac toe is now available online, even in mobile app. You do not need to find friend to play it with you because you can play it with computer as your opponent.
Tic tac toe is developed into several variants and played in various game shows. The game is also used in various movies whether as the game played by the actors or tic tac toe analogy in various scenes.
With art in mind, some people create decorations using tic tac toe game as the inspiration. Some examples are tic tac toe donuts home decorations and tic tac toe tires garden decorations. More and more people are now using tic tac toe game as their inspiration.