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'Gotham Knights' is a Batman game without the Caped Crusader

Engadget

DC's Fandome event was intended as a replacement for the company's usual big presence at this year's cancelled San Diego Comic-Con, and within minutes the company came out swinging with its first big announcement: Gotham Knights, a video game about a city without Batman, where his various proteges have to step up to defend their home. In the action-adventure title the player will get to play as one of four prominent members of the Bat-Family: Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl and Red Hood. Bruce Wayne is dead, and it won't take long for the villains of Gotham City to figure out that Batman is gone too. Luckily, he's left behind plenty for his associates to work with, including a well-equipped headquarters and of course, the ever-faithful Alfred. The mechanics lie in the vein of games like Marvel's Spider-Man for PS4 and the Assassin's Creed series, with plenty of stealth and brawling, though we also get to see Batgirl drive a pretty sweet bike through the streets of Gotham. The one standout is that this game will be a co-op title, with players able to work together to clear areas and defeat villains -- in the gameplay footage shown, we got to see Batgirl and Robin make their way through a building taken over by perennial Batman villain Mr. Freeze.


The studio behind the 'Batman Arkham' video games is working on 'Suicide Squad'

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

We now know the next project from the studio behind the stellar series of'Batman Arkham' video games. On Friday, Rocksteady Studios posted a tweet teasing a video game based on the DC property Suicide Squad. "Target locked," reads the tweet, along with the date Aug. 22, timed to the virtual fan event DC Fandome. The tweet also shows an image of Superman with his back turned, and a Suicide Squad logo resembling a target on the back of his head. Rocksteady is best known for its work on The Dark Knight, with the 2009 launch of "Batman: Arkham Asylum."


The Morning After: Lego's NES replica comes with a 'playable' Mario game

Engadget

This console generation is on its way out, but Andrew Tarantola believes one of the PS4's best games ever is about to appear. That game, of course, is Ghost of Tsushima, which takes place during the Mongol invasion of Tsushima Island in the 13th century. It's not breaking a lot of new ground gameplay-wise, though, with elements cribbed from other third-person Sony games you've played before, like Horizon: Zero Dawn and Uncharted, as well as third-party titles like Batman Arkham and Sekiro. Still, he said that "Sucker Punch has managed to seamlessly meld them together, hone and polish the overarching gameplay experience into something truly phenomenal," so I guess there's one good reason to give your PS4 another go before it's replaced this fall. Just as we were getting used to the Lego Super Mario kits, the company has officially unveiled a brick-based replica of an entire Nintendo Entertainment System (which just so happened to turn 37 today).


Warner Bros. Planning On Using AI To Decide Which Movies to Make

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It seems Warner Bros. is taking data analytics out of their own hands and into those of an artificial intelligence system. The 96-year-old company has faltered in recent years due to allegations of executive misconduct and critical business mistakes. Warner Bros. has also bungled the development of some of their most valuable IPs, such as DC superhero films like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. It's no secret that Warner Bros. has struggled to catch up with Marvel at the box office, but it's surprising just how far behind they really are. Justice League, a movie that was supposed to be the pièce de résistance of the DCEU, ended up costing the studio upwards of $100 million.


PlayStation 5: the 11 games we want to see in 2020 and beyond

The Guardian

Now that Sony has revealed the technical specifications of its forthcoming console, including its powerful AMD Ryzen processor, SSD storage system for fast loading, 3D sound and 8K support, what everyone wants to know is – what will we be playing on the machine when it launches next year? Here are the rumours and expectations, some more fanciful than others, but each one a distinct and enticing possibility. It's been almost three years since the acclaimed post-apocalyptic, open-world adventure arrived – and its accompanying DLC, The Frozen Wilds, showed there was plenty more to explore in this glorious, machine-filled dystopia. Developer Guerrilla Games has a history of supporting PlayStation launches (latterly with its Killzone titles), so a Horizon Zero Dawn follow-up seems extremely likely. Ever since Rocksteady wrapped up its Arkham franchise with Arkham Knight in 2015, there has been endless speculation over a new Batman title set in the Arkhamverse from WB Montréal, the studio behind the spin-off Arkham Origins.


Batman Can't Stop Farting Near Babies - A.I. Generated News - IGN

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When news is slow, we ask a computer to use futuristic intelligence algorithms to generate news stories for us, thanks to a website we found called TalkToTransformer.com. We type in the beginning of a news story, and let the computers do the rest. Now, let us read you some of these stories with our human mouths so the robots will spare us in the great Future War Against Machines in 2077. Today's stories: Donkey Kong Arrested for Animal Abuse, Crash Bandicoot Seriously Injures a Young Man, A Fisherman in Legend of Zelda Is Bitten by an Octopus and Batman Can't Stop Farting Near Babies. We thank our robot overlords for giving us an opportunity to serve and spread the good news they have invented for our human mouths to speak.


Revealed: global video games giants avoiding millions in UK tax

The Guardian

A UK tax policy intended to boost the domestic video games industry has been used by some of the world's largest entertainment companies to avoid paying tens of millions of pounds in corporation tax, a Guardian investigation has found. WarnerMedia, which owns the British game development companies that make the Lego and Batman: Arkham series, has claimed up to £60m in corporation tax relief, according to company filings. Sony, the owner of PlayStation, claimed almost £30m. Japanese multinational Sega claimed up to £20m, according to audits of its UK subsidiaries that make the strategy-based Total War games and the hit sports series Football Manager. Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR), which enables game developers to claim back up to 20% of certain production costs, was introduced in 2014 after years of lobbying by the industry.


'Racist' AI art warns against bad training data

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An artificial-intelligence art project has been criticised for using racist and sexist tags to classify its users. When they share a selfie with ImageNet Roulette, the web app matches it to the ones it most closely resembles from an enormous library of profile photos. It then reveals the most popular tag, assigned to the matching pictures by human workers using data set WordNet. These include racial slurs, "first offender", "rape suspect", "spree killer", "newsreader", and "Batman". Those responsible for assigning the tags to the library pictures were recruited via a service offered by Amazon, called Mechanical Turk, which pays workers around the world pennies to perform small, monotonous tasks.


Chinese Newspaper Auto Generating Science News - Robot Writers AI

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China Science Daily is using artificial intelligence to auto-generate news stories, based on article abstracts it finds in major scientific journals. Those journals include some of the most influential scientific publications in the world, including Science, Nature, Cell and the New England Journal of Medicine. So far, China Science Daily has published more than 200 articles using AI. The primary impetus behind the effort: To offer Chinese scientists easy access to scientific research from around the world – devoid of language barriers -- according to Zhang Mingwei, deputy editor-in-chief, China Science Daily. Keaton Patti, who has written for Marvel and Comedy Central, says he trained an AI writing system to be Batman-savvy by having it view approximately 1,000 hours of Batman films.


Chinese Newspaper Auto Generating Science News - Robot Writers AI

#artificialintelligence

China Science Daily is using artificial intelligence to auto-generate news stories, based on article abstracts it finds in major scientific journals. Those journals include some of the most influential scientific publications in the world, including Science, Nature, Cell and the New England Journal of Medicine. So far, China Science Daily has published more than 200 articles using AI. The primary impetus behind the effort: To offer Chinese scientists easy access to scientific research from around the world – devoid of language barriers -- according to Zhang Mingwei, deputy editor-in-chief, China Science Daily. Keaton Patti, who has written for Marvel and Comedy Central, says he trained an AI writing system to be Batman-savvy by having it view approximately 1,000 hours of Batman films.