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Save 97% on this stacked video game development bundle

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TL;DR: The Unreal and Unity Game Development for Beginners Bundle is on sale for £21.83 as of July 24, saving you 97% on list price. With this Unreal and Unity Game Development for Beginners Bundle, which includes six courses and over 50 hours of training, you'll learn to build your own projects and games from scratch. The training is led by experts at Zenva Academy, as well as game developer Raja Biswas. Biswas is the founder of the YouTube channel Charger Games, and he has taught thousands of new programmers how to publish their own games. You'll start by learning the basic concepts, tools, and functions of the game engines Unity and Unreal, then move on to building fully functional games yourself.


The Role of Knowledge Graphs in Artificial Intelligence

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Representing knowledge and the reasoning for the conclusions drawn has remained a cornerstone of artificial intelligence (AI) for decades. A knowledge graph (KG) is a powerful data structure that represents information in a graphical format. DBpedia, an open source knowledge graph defines a knowledge graph as "a special kind of database which stores knowledge in a machine-readable form and provides a means for information to be collected, organised, shared, searched and utilised." Formally, a KG is a directed labeled graph which represents relations between data points. A node of the KG represents a data point.


The music for the Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremonies? It comes from video games.

Washington Post - Technology News

Music in gaming is written to motivate players all the while not distracting them from the tasks at hand. It's why Popular Science wrote in 2018, "You should be listening to video game soundtracks at work." As the article states, there's little research on the effects of video game music while working, but it checks a lot of boxes when it comes to low roars of noise boosting productivity, including having no lyrics and maintaining a steady rhythm. If video games really are esports, the medium's music has provided our brains with workout playlists for years.


The 9 most addictive Google Doodle games to waste an afternoon at work

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Nope, the best new gaming comes courtesy of your good friend Google. Yes, you heard it here first. If you're in need of a new hobby, or some amusement to pass the time between work meetings, or let's be honest during work meetings, there are a ton of interactive Google Doodle games to cure spells of boredom. They don't require a controller or fancy Blu-Ray disks, they're simple and the best kind of fun for an undercover gaming session right at your desk. Sometimes you can't make the math on spreadsheets equal "F U N." Maybe you just want to play some Pac-Man.


Activision Blizzard execs respond to harassment and discrimination lawsuit

Engadget

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard this week over alleged sexual harassment and discrimination against women. In a memo to staff obtained by Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack wrote that "the allegations and the hurt of current and former employees are extremely troubling." Brack wrote that everyone should feel safe at Blizzard and that "it is completely unacceptable for anyone in the company to face discrimination or harassment." He noted it requires courage for people to come forward with their stories, and that all claims brought to the company are taken seriously and investigated. "People with different backgrounds, views, and experiences are essential for Blizzard, our teams, and our player community," Brack wrote.


Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony included a light display with 1,800 drones

Engadget

There may not have been any fans in the Olympic Stadium, but Japan still found a way to put on a show for the opening of the 2020 Summer Games. The host country charmed early with the parade of nations, which featured an orchestrated video game soundtrack, and then showed off the type of creativity it's known for with a performance involving the Olympic pictograms. But Tokyo saved the biggest spectacle for last. Towards the end of the ceremony, a fleet of 1,824 drones took to the skies above the Olympic Stadium. Initially arrayed in the symbol of the 2020 Games, they then took on the shape of the Earth before a rendition of John Lenon's "Imagine," which was reworked by Hans Zimmer for the Olympics, played across the stadium.


Amazon rolls out male voice for its smart speakers

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazon has started to roll out a male version of its smart assistant, called Ziggy, as an alternative to Alexa. Users of Amazon smart speakers in the US now have the option to choose from either Alexa or Ziggy when they're saying a vocal command. They can simply say'Alexa, change your voice' to hear the male voice coming out of their speaker, or go to settings in the Alexa app. There's a short snippet of Ziggy's voice – which has a generic but robotic-sounding American accent – to listen to here. Amazon's smart assistant powers the Echo speakers, including the spherical fourth generation Echo released last autumn (pictured) Note that this option is only available for US users for now.


Women's soccer is coming to 'Football Manager,' but it will take a while

Engadget

Football Manager developer Sports Interactive has a history of inclusive gameplay, and that now extends to women. The company has revealed that it's adding women's soccer (aka football) to its management sim. This will likely be a "multi-year" project, SI warned, but this also isn't a simple character model swap. The studio wants to offer the same kind of depth it has for men's sport while accounting for the differences between players and leagues. There will be new models and databases, of course.


7 Open Source Libraries for Deep Learning Graphs - KDnuggets

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If you're a deep learning enthusiast you're probably already familiar with some of the basic mathematical primitives that have been driving the impressive capabilities of what we call deep neural networks. Although we like to think of a basic artificial neural network as some nodes with some weighted connections, it's more efficient computationally to think of neural networks as matrix multiplication all the way down. We might draw a cartoon of an artificial neural network like the figure below, with information traveling in from left to right from inputs to outputs (ignoring recurrent networks for now). This type of neural network is a feed-forward multilayer perceptron (MLP). If we want a computer to compute the forward pass for this model, it's going to use a string of matrix multiplies and some sort of non-linearity (here represented by the Greek letter sigma) in the hidden layer: MLPs are well-suited for data that can be naturally shaped as 1D vectors.


The Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony featured an orchestrated video game soundtrack

Engadget

The Tokyo Olympics opening kicked off early this morning, and the parade of nations, where athletes walk through Japan's Olympic stadium, had a Japanese twist. A medley of videogame music, orchestrated, formed the soundtrack for the parade. It all kicked off with the main theme from Dragon Quest -- which sounds pretty Olympian outright -- followed by hits from Final Fantasy, Monster Hunter, Nier, Sonic, Chrono Trigger and, er, eFootball. There are some notable omissions -- no Nintendo songs (Pokemon? Zelda?) being the biggest one -- but some Street Fighter II songs might have fitted well into the competitive theme.