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'Pokémon Go' is holding a weeklong 'adventure' event


Splendid news, trainers: starting Thursday, Pokémon Go will be running yet another event -- and this one's a whole week long. SEE ALSO: A Russian blogger was sentenced for playing'Pokémon Go' in a church Pokémon Go Adventure Week will run from Thursday 18 May (1 p.m. PDT) until Thursday 25 May (1 p.m. PDT). Continuing in the type-based theme of recent grass and water events, this one will be all about rock Pokémon. There are four main points from Niantic's press release about the Adventure Week event: All rock-type Pokémon -- such as Omantye, Kabuto, Aerodactyl, Onix, and Sudowoodo -- will spawn more frequently during the event. Niantic list the specific Pokémon mentioned above as their examples, but the implication is that every Pokémon that's rock-type will be more common (including, we can only hope, Larvitar).

'Sea of Thieves' won't take you on an epic pirate adventure until 2018


When Rare teased us with Sea of Thieves last year, it left the release date up in the air. Sure, we knew the game would set us on an adventure across the high seas, but we had no idea when we would set sail on our quest for loot. Today at E3, the company penned the adventure in for a 2018 release date, naturally exclusive for Xbox One and Windows 10. That's a little bit longer of a wait than we hoped, but the wait could be worth it. Despite the game's simple and slightly goofy visual style, it looks appropriately huge.

Retro adventure game 'Thimbleweed Park' hits PS4 August 22nd


Fans of retro games will want to pay attention to Thimbleweed Park's latest announcement. The PlayStation Blog has announced that the popular game will arrive on the PS4 on August 22nd. Thimbleweed Park is a popular 2D adventure game that was successfully Kickstarted back in 2014. It came from the co-creators of popular LucasArts games such as Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. It was initially only available on PC and Mac, and was later released on the Xbox One (and it's still the only console the game is currently available on.)

To drive AI forward, teach computers to play old-school text adventure games


Games have long been used as test beds and benchmarks for artificial intelligence, and there has been no shortage of achievements in recent months. Google DeepMind's AlphaGo and poker bot Libratus from Carnegie Mellon University have both beaten human experts at games that have traditionally been hard for AI – some 20 years after IBM's DeepBlue achieved the same feat in chess. Games like these have the attraction of clearly defined rules; they are relatively simple and cheap for AI researchers to work with, and they provide a variety of cognitive challenges at any desired level of difficulty. By inventing algorithms that play them well, researchers hope to gain insights into the mechanisms needed to function autonomously. With the arrival of the latest techniques in AI and machine learning, attention is now shifting to visually detailed computer games – including the 3D shooter Doom, various 2D Atari games such as Pong and Space Invaders, and the real-time strategy game StarCraft.

Retro adventure 'Thimbleweed Park' comes to Switch on September 21st


You no longer need an iPhone to take the traditional adventure gaming of Thimbleweed Park on the road. Terrible Toybox has confirmed that the Nintendo Switch version of its retro mystery will be available for $20 on September 21st, or about a month after it reached the PS4. Portability is clearly the selling point of this release, but it also gives you a distinct choice of controls -- you can use the Joy-Cons or the touchscreen depending on your tastes. To recap, Thimbleweed is ultimately LucasArts veteran Ron Gilbert's giant love letter to fans of adventure classics like Maniac Mansion and Secret of Monkey Island. You're controlling an eccentric cast of characters (including a cursed clown, a game developer and an X-Files-style duo) as they investigate strange deaths and other odd happenings around the title's namesake town.