Why are games fun? In part, because they challenge our ability to think. Even simple games like Tic-Tac-Toe, Nim and Kalah, or puzzles like the Eights Puzzle, are challenging to children. More complex games like checkers, chess, bridge, and Go are difficult enough that it takes years for gifted adults to master them. Nearly all games require seeing patterns, making plans, searching combinations, judging alternative moves, and learning from experience, all being skills which are also involved in many daily tasks.
It's no surprise that Alan Turing proposed chess playing as a good project for studying computers' ability to reason. In many ways, games have provided simple proving grounds for many of AI's powerful ideas.
I wanted a box but couldn't find one like the box I wanted, so I made the box I wanted and then others wanted it too so I'm uploading it here. The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers! Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor?
The overarching situation would have figured to make an in-person event for players a near-impossibility. Riot Games, which publishes League of Legends and runs its competitive league, has dealt with its share of challenges over the past nine championship events, but this year will be a totally new frontier, as it has been for other major sports leagues and tournaments such as the NBA, NHL and MLB. China, like many countries, currently has a hodgepodge of pandemic-related travel policies in place as it gradually eases entry restrictions for some foreign nationals. U.S. citizens are still prevented from applying for tourist visas.
It's his literal living quarters, where his family, including stepmother Nyx and mentor Achilles, hang out, eat, sleep and chat. And every time, the player is rewarded with new pieces of dialogue, character interaction and even getting to observe dialogue scenes between two other characters. Failure and starting over in rogue-like games are part of the experience, but the reasons usually remain utilitarian by nature. Re-equip your character with new abilities you might've gained, level yourself up to get a bit stronger, pick a new weapon and try another run.
Amazon took its biggest step yet into the video game market on Thursday with the surprise announcement of Amazon Luna at its device event. Luna will be a video game streaming service, similar to Google Stadia, save for key points that could lead the platform to success over its competitor. Powered by Amazon Web Services, Luna will be capable of playing games up to 4K and 60 frames-per-second over a high-speed internet connection and on certain titles. It will be usable through Fire TV, PC, Mac, Android, and iOS, with support for Bluetooth controllers, PS4 controllers, Xbox controllers, keyboard and mouse, and the specialized Luna controller launching with the service for the price of $49.99. What is sure to separate Luna from Stadia and potentially give it the edge is pricing.
To mark the epic 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Nintendo has announced a handful of exciting Super Mario video games, including Super Mario 3D All-Stars. Released on September 18, the new Nintendo Switch video game includes optimised versions of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy, making it a great nostalgic gift for Mario fans this Christmas. It also includes the soundtracks for the three games. The remastered collection of Mario games is currently Amazon's bestselling Nintendo Switch video game and is the third bestselling title for 2020. Released in limited supply, Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be available through March 31, 2021.
TL;DR: The Build Your Own First-Person Shooter Game Development Bundle is on sale for £31.39 as of Sept. 25, saving you 97% on list price. You don't need a massive bank account, a giant team, or a million-pound contract with a publishing giant to make a hit video game these days. All you need is an idea, a computer, and a little bit of training. Just look at Minecraft, which started its reign as an indie game over a decade ago and has become one of the best-selling video games of all time. Even if you have no coding experience, you can try your hand at video game creation.
Engadget, which had an opportunity to demo Luna, wrote that the technology worked "just fine," playing across a Fire TV, Mac and iPhone over the span of 45 minutes. "I started on Fire TV and was able to boot up the beefiest game in the store, Control, in a matter of seconds. It stuttered a bit throughout the opening scenes, but not enough to interrupt the cinematic flow," wrote Jessica Conditt of Engadget. "More often than not, gameplay was smooth, and none of the network interruptions that did appear were significant enough to break my experience."
Video game fans who missed out on pre-ordering a PlayStation 5 will get another chance Friday. Retailer GameStop revealed on Twitter on Thursday it will offer more pre-orders of Sony's PS5 on Friday, Sept. 25. GameStop didn't offer a specific time for when the pre-orders will open up to consumers. "We are pleased to announce that further quantities of PS5 consoles will be made available to pre-order," said GameStop in its tweet, noting they will be offered both online and at stores. Video game lovers have experienced a September scramble as pre-orders for both the PS5 and Xbox Series X launched.
When Alex Handy first founded the Museum of Arts and Digital Entertainment (or the MADE) in Oakland, Calif. in 2011, he imagined the institution as a bucket placed underneath an industry that was constantly leaking and dripping out vital artifacts of its own history. Over the museum's near-decade of existence, it has weathered rising rents, flooding, and even robberies to deliver a playable library of more than 10,000 games to its visitors. However, more than six months after the ongoing coronavirus crisis forced its closure, it's not at all clear if the MADE -- or its fellow video game museums across the globe -- will be able to survive the economic fallout wrought by the virus. And given the interactive nature of video games, it's clear that these museums will have an even tougher time mitigating the risk of transmission once they open back up.