Project Manager: Joaquin Quiñonero Candela
Release Date: December 15, 2010
Modes: Story Mode with Tutor, Multiplayer.
Board Sizes: 9x9, 13x13, 19x19
The Path of Go was released on December 15, 2010 by Microsoft Developers and caused a great buzz, with the AGA E-Journal foreshadowing "Xbox's Path of Go the New Hikaru No Go?"
Purchase the game for 400 Microsoft Points ($5).
The official description for the game reads:
Unlock the full version of The Path of Go. Discover the ancient board
game of Go and take your Avatar on an unexpected HD adventure full of
challenge! Learn the basics and test your abilities using cutting-edge
AI from Microsoft Research. Pit your skills against the world on Xbox
LIVE. The ultimate Go experience for players of all skill levels: Dare
you walk The Path of Go? There are no refunds for this item. For more
information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.
The description sounds more like a marketing gimmick, possibly an overstatement, and it is arguable whether or not the game is "the ultimate Go experience for players of all skill levels."
Nonetheless the Path of Go is stunningly beautiful, though the game has it's shortcomings. The AI bot is not suited for the serious Go player, paling in comparison to computer counterparts such as Zen19, a 4 dan KGS robot and reputably designed by a single programmer. Rather, the AI is strong enough to serve as an introductory course. According to AGA E-Journal reader Christian Haught "Even if you have never played a game of go in your life, the game
starts out with an excellent tutorial that introduces many of the
beginning basics. These are, of course, added onto as the game
proceeds, but these few beginner tips will allow you to get the basic
understanding of the game and begin your journey into becoming a
skilled go player. I imagine that most players will be at least 18k in
rank, if not higher, by the end of this game."
The Path of Go has been in development since 2004, so it may come at as surprise that the AI is only Double-Digit Kyu (DDK strength). However, the game was written in the innovative the F# functional programming language, developed by Microsoft in Cambridge, which, according to Don Syme, a principal researcher, lets programmers program " describe solutions to modern problems in simple and declarative ways," and as reported by Microsoft, enables "the game’s creators to spend more time on the problem at hand and less time on programming". 
It is still probably much to early whether or not Path of Go will promise to nurture another Hikaru no Go generation, or satisfy the satisfy the serious Go player. But assuming that one can afford an Xbox, for only $5, the game might just be the right promotional kit for Go to become mainstream.
2.http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/thepathofgo-121510.aspx Microsoft's report about Path of Go
6. http://www.joystiq.com/2010/03/27/interview-the-path-of-go-developers-xbla/ Interview with Project Manager.
7. http://www.grandtheftmariokartreviews.co.nr/ Christain Haught's website.
Read about Zen19, the 4 dan KGS robot, on Lifein19x19. See Zen19 in action in the Computer Go Room under Social on KGS. For more on F# programming language or on Path of Go, watch the research interview and read Microsoft's report.
by David Su With the plethora of Go blogs, forums, and websites, it may be difficult to follow all site activities. Recently I started using a technology advancment that has been out for over awhile, the RSS feed, seen all over the internet with its ubiquitous icon.
Because many websites today have an RSS feed, using an RSS Aggregator/Feeder such as Google Reader is an efficient way to monitor site activity and view multiple site news all at once . The convenience of Google reader is that no download is required and it is free. Just register a Google account.
To subscribe to a feed in Google reader, Click "Add a subscription" while in opening the web application. Copy and paste the feed url into the blank and press "Add". To get the feed url, find the RSS Logo or link on the website website, right click it, and select "copy link address". Enter it into the RSS feeder.
What better presentation of Go in mainstream media than in the movie Tron: Legacy, a sequel to the 1982 film Tron.
Go fans have reported this sighting in the AGA E-journal such as the entry below:
Go is one realm of human intellect which computers have not conquered. According to an AGA E-Journal, Actress Olivia Wilde suggested the inclusion of Go in the movie.