Problem solving

An annex to one of my most important skill

Problem solving is a very necessary skill for me.
It is a skill I must constantly improve as a programmer.

I have managed to beat famous puzzle games or sagas like Professor Layton, Danganronpa and many others. One of my proudest achievements is beating a puzzle called Bernkastel’s game from Umineko no Naku Koro ni.

The goal of the game is to discover who are the murderers of a story following a set of rules. I was so engrossed and dedicated with this puzzle that I ended up having a PDF of 50 pages with a full analysis of it. This document is completely unedited and was never intended to be public so there might be some grammar mistakes. Also, be aware that there are spoilers of the game and there is a section of hints in the beginning.

No human is able to solve all possible problems they face.
In the same game but to a prior situation, I failed the following puzzle.

Problem solving - Umineko no Naku Koro ni

If you have read this problem and have tried to solve it, you might be in 2 possible situations:

  • You have no idea about the possible answer after thinking for a long time
  • You easily discovered the answer and wonder how can anyone fail such simple puzzle

Sometimes overthinking and trying to find deeper meaning in things confuses you rather than help you. By the way, if you found yourself stuck like myself do not worry, it happens to the best of us. For those wondering about the answer, I am not going to reveal it. This proves that you can always improve on any skill and never master it which makes you keep going forward.

As a parting gift, I will share with you two of my favourite puzzles or problems I have experienced in terms of originality, creativity and difficulty. They both are from Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair and respectively are chapter 4 and 5. If you have played the game then you will know how crazy those chapters are.

Since I am feeling generous, I would also suggest you to play Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward.
I am not going to say anything else about it but you are missing out on it.

If you know any good game related to problem solving or any programming challenge, feel free to message me.
As a fun fact, I finished first out of around 450 students that completed programming challenges in a subject called Programming 1 during my first year at the UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) in Barcelona. The top 3 managed to finish all problems proposed (around 360) but I was placed first because I was the fastest in doing them. I really love programming.


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