Egyptian Ratscrew (also known as Egyptian Ratslap, Egyptian Ratkiller, Egyptian War, and many other similar names) is a card game of the matching family of games. The game is similar to the 19th century British card game Beggar-My-Neighbour, with the added concept of "slapping" cards when certain combinations are played, similar to and perhaps borrowed from Slapjack.
The game is played with a standard 52-card deck or with multiple standard decks shuffled together for larger numbers of players. As many people can play in one game such that they can reach the central pile at an arm's length. Each person is dealt an equal number of cards; extras are distributed as would in a normal deal. As a variation, one or more Jokers may be added to ensure an even deal or to change gameplay.
A playing card is a piece of specially prepared heavy paper, thin cardboard, plastic-coated paper, cotton-paper blend, or thin plastic, marked with distinguishing motifs and used as one of a set for playing card games. Playing cards are typically palm-sized for convenient handling.
A complete set of cards is called a pack (UK English), deck (US English), or set (Universal); and the subset of cards held at one time by a player during a game is commonly called a hand. A deck of cards may be used for playing a variety of card games, with varying elements of skill and chance, some of which are played for money. Playing cards are also used for illusions, cardistry, building card structures, cartomancy and memory sport.
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Multiplayer games first emerged in the 1970s. Among the first multiplayer games were arcade games such as Pong. With Ralph H. Baer’s invention of the Magnavox Odyssey, these games then migrated from the arcade to the home, and were playable on the television. Arcade games gained popularity in 1980, eventually losing ground and being overtaken by the home videogame industry in 1983. Some games originated as single-player games, but became multi-player through modifications of the original software. The popular game Counter-Strike, which enjoys the most players of all multiplayer games, is a modified version of the single-player game called Half-Life.
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