The most travelled flock of hens, the longest limousine car, or a two-meter-high knitted snowman are just some of the attractions visitors can look forward to seeing at the 29th Pelhřimov Curiosity Festival, which takes place this Friday and Saturday. The festival has been going strong for nearly 30 years and attracts people from across the country, as well as the wider continent.
Czechs spent a record sum on betting last year, placing bets worth 249.5
billion crowns. That’s a rise of just over 11 percent on the previous
year. Winnings paid out from bets came to over 218 billion crowns, an
increase of 18.4 percent.
According to the Czech Ministry of Finance, the number of casinos and gaming-machine bars has dropped to roughly 1,800 following the introduction of the new legislation and statutes.
Despite the great difficulty of acquiring computers in 1980s Czechoslovakia, amateur enthusiasts still managed to do so – and produced hundreds of computer games, some of which were politically subversive. They frequently did this on jerry-built computer systems, while homemade arcade games were also to be found. This scene is the focus of the book Gaming the Iron Curtain by academic Jaroslav Švelch. When we spoke, Švelch told me about his own first experiences with computer games back in the ‘80s.
100 years ago the Czechoslovak Assembly decided on the name of the new republic’s currency - the koruna. Despite a variety of original proposals, the delegates ended up being rather conservative in their choice, voting for a name that had also been used for the currency of Austria-Hungary. To commemorate the date, the Czech National Bank has issued a rare collection of gold-silver coins.
The Czech video gaming industry increased its revenues by 34 percent last
year to three billion crowns, the Czech Game Developers Association
reported on Thursday.
Czech game developers brought out 31 new titles in 2018, mostly for PCs and consoles. One of the most successful ones was a virtual reality gamed called Beat Sabre, released by Czech indie studio Hyperbolic Magnetism.
There are currently around 75 companies developing video games in the Czech Republic, employing some 1500 developers.
Just this month, Warhorse Studios, one of the country’s most successful videogame studios, was bought by a foreign investor in a CZK 1.1 billion deal. It is the successful conclusion to a project that just five years ago had to resort to Kickstarter to fund its first game. But Warhorse’s game Kingdom Come: Deliverance is not the only accomplished title to be made in the Czech Republic, where pen and paper games, rather than videogames were the hit just a quarter of a century ago.
2018 was the warmest year in Prague since 1775, according to records kept
at the city centre Clementinum weather station, which went into operation
back then. The average temperature in the capital last year was 12.8
degrees Celsius, which is 3.2 degrees above the average between 1775 and
2014, forecasters said on Saturday.
The majority of the 10 warmest years registered by meteorologists at the Clementinum since the late 18th century occurred after the year 2000.
A new global record in Sudoku speed was set in Prague on Wednesday at the
ongoing World Sudoku Championship.
Chinese woman Shi-jao Wang was able to fill in an 81-field chart in just 54.44 seconds. She bested the time of the current world record holder, Jakub Ondroušek of the Czech Republic, set in 2010, of 1 minute 25 seconds.
The World Sudoku Championship, an annual international puzzle competition held by a member of the World Puzzle Federation, began on Monday and continues until Saturday.
The competition typically consists of 100 or more puzzles, including classic Sudoku, solved by all competitors over multiple timed rounds, followed by a playoff for the top qualifiers to determine a champion.
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