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WHO says play video games as healthy social pastime during coronavirus pandemic

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Video games are being prescribed as a recommended treatment for our ongoing homebound existence, brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Game makers on Saturday began kicking off a new World Health Organization (WHO) initiative entitled #PlayApartTogether to encourage people on how to entertain themselves and also practice physical distancing. The initiative is particularly noteworthy because WHO previously designated video game addiction as an official mental health disorder. But the group hopes that the industry can "reach millions with important messages to help prevent the spread of COVID-19," said Ray Chambers, the U.S. ambassador to WHO in a statement. Game companies will encourage players to stay distanced and observe other safety measures including hand hygiene, he said.


10 Must-read Machine Learning Articles (March 2020)

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It explains how they are used in computer vision and NLP and the fundamental differences between the two types of artificial neural networks.


Video games: How to get started while staying at home, social distancing amid coronavirus

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The Nintendo Switch has become about as difficult to find as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Prices for the video game console are surging on the secondary market. Netflix, Hulu and Disney Plus can only hold attention for so long. And video games have never been so versatile, or appealed to such a range of ages. Much like the Nintendo Switch itself, which can seamlessly "switch" from being played on televisions to a handheld experience, modern video game systems are more than they may appear.


Source code for Xbox Series X games console has been stolen and is being ransomed for $1million

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A hacker has stolen source code for the graphics processor in the upcoming Xbox Series X games console and is demanding a $100million ransom for the files. Computer component manufacturer AMD first confirmed the theft in a brief statement posted on their website. The company said they had initially been contacted in December by a person claiming to have'test files related to a subset of our current and future graphics products.' Part of the files include code related to AMD's Arden graphics processor, which was designed for the Xbox Series X games consoles, currently scheduled for release in the fall of 2020. The hacker also took source files for AMD's Navi 10 and Navi 21 graphics chips, which are intended for use in PCs.


3 Advantages of Chatbots in Mobile Games

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If you are not living all these years secluded in a cave deep inside the Amazon rainforest, you must have an idea about the exponential growth story, popularity and huge cultural factor mobile game app industry offers. In fact, online games now turned to mobile games only to go through some of the beyond-recognition changes. Latest smartphone flagships are now the closest alternatives to gaming consoles that can facilitate playing the most complex and intricately featured games. But mobile games also have undergone massive changes thanks to new technologies and new mobile game design inputs. In recent years, Chatbots have emerged as a massive value addition to a number of mobile games.


Best video game consoles to keep you and your family entertained

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Are you trying to keep you or your family entertained? If so, you might want to invest in a video games console. And there's a big selection to choose from. Not only do the PS4 and Xbox One allow you to play video games, but these gaming devices also stream services like Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime and NOW TV. The Nintendo Switch allows you to play games on both your TV, olus it's a handheld console so you don't have to fight over who uses the television screen.


Best video games to play if you're bored at home

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Is there a video game you've been meaning to play but not yet found the time? If so, now might be the perfect opportunity to complete a few. From first person shooters to open world RPGs, as well as family friendly games, there is a wide offering of video games to entertain young and adult gamers. Ahead we bring you ten games to keep you busy if you're bored at home... Set in America 1899 at the end of the wild west era, Red Dead Redemption 2 sees you play as Van der Linde gang leader Arthur Morgan, who is forced to flee from lawmen after a robbery goes badly wrong. Explore the rugged heartland of America on horseback as you evade federal agents and bounty hunters who are hot on your tail.


I Finished Half-Life: Alyx in 12 Hours and Can't Stop Thinking About It

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While exploring a worn-down warehouse, I look through a window and see a room full of zombies. Headcrabs -- disgusting parasites that turn their hosts into monsters -- twitch atop the heads of three former humans. I'll just open the door, toss in a grenade, and mop up any survivors. I remove the pin and grab the handle. The door is locked, leaving me with a live grenade and nowhere to toss it.


Coronavirus home lesson plans, coming for free in 'Minecraft'

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It's hard keeping your kids entertained during the coronavirus quarantine, but here are some ways parents figured out how to make it fun. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Our colleague Mike Snider from the USA TODAY Money team is here to share some news about how you can access Minecraft content for free. Microsoft wants to help students keep flexing their mental muscles even if they aren't in the classroom, with many schools closed during the coronavirus crisis. So kids and parents can explore some free "Minecraft" challenges, made available for free today through June 30 in the Minecraft Marketplace, found within the game played by more than 90 million each month.


Why 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons' is the ideal video game escape right now

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My biggest worry so far in "Animal Crossing: New Horizons?" Whether I remembered to water my newly-planted pear trees. As we navigate a terrifying pandemic where even a trip to the grocery store can wrack our nerves, Nintendo's latest video game for the Switch is a sanctuary. The game begins with your customizable character earning a trip to a deserted island from Tom Nook, a charming, raccoon-like entrepreneur who gives you the opportunity to mold this piece of land in your image. Once you customize your character and name your island, you pick a spot to place a tent.