Tagged With competition

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The world can be a scary place but that's why escapism was no doubt born. No genre of television really does it better, for me anyway, than dumb competition shows. If you're looking for something to watch this long weekend, look no further than the best, dumbest competition shows available on the net. You're very welcome.

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I just lost at chess to Bobby Fischer, three times in a row. Then for a change of pace, I lost to Magnus Carlsen, world champion since 2013. Then I lost to the lowest-ranked player I could choose, 15-year-old Abhishek K. Over 29,000 people can play chess better than Abhishek. I cannot.

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You never intend for it to happen — it usually just creeps up on you: feeling as though you’re in competition with a friend. Of course you know that you’re not (unless it’s the 1992 Olympics and you’re either Dan or Dave), but it’s really hard not to compare yourself to your peers, especially when they’re friends.

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The three events of a powerlifting meet — the squat, bench press, and deadlift — are easy enough to learn and train at home. And so plenty of us have trained these lifts regardless of whether we have an opportunity to show off at a meet. So if you’ve been hanging out in a home gym and might like a little friendly competition, check out the #GarageGymCompetition that’s happening right now on Reddit and Instagram.

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The ACCC's annual report into the telecommunications market makes for some fascinating reading and challenges many of the "truths" we sometimes hear. Much of what the ACCC reports is very positive: the costs of plans are decreasing with data and call allowances increasing at the same time. And while there are some who say a fixed cable internet infrastructure isn't needed in the wireless age, the data suggests something else entirely.

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Every parent with more than one child probably knows this secret: Kids will do a chore faster if you turn it into a competition. "Let's see who can fold the most T-shirts. Ready, go!" "I wonder who's going to brush their teeth and get into their pyjamas first. Hmmm. Go!" "You know, Mummy could use a massage. Who can give me the most amazing one? GO!"

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Everyone who has a child in a competitive hobby knows the types: The boy who disputes every call the referee makes, the parent who hurls invective from the sidelines, the girl who can barely bring herself to shake hands after her team loses. Playing sports and games is hugely valuable for child development: They learn teamwork, strategy, patience, and get a workout to boot. But things go awry when kids can't place winning and losing in the proper perspective - when a loss is devastating or a win is cause for unseemly gloating.

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Last weekend Kotaku went around Supanova Brisbane with a Huawei Mate 10, which one reader won! This weekend, they're doing Supanova Adelaide and have another phone to give away - and you don't have to be at Supanova Adelaide to win.

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Our friends at SodaStream are offering one lucky reader and a guest five nights in Iceland's capital city - the former viking settlement of Reykjavik. The prize includes flights, accommodation and $1000 spending money for a total value of more than $15,000! Here are the details on how to enter.

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At the beginning of the month, we invited you to share your top data loss horror stories in a bid to win an Apple Watch Sport and Acronis' True Image backup software. After poring through scores of grim anecdotes, we've now chosen the winner! Nine runners-up also scored a copy of Acronis True Image. Read on to see if you won!