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NVIDIA AI Lets You See What Your Pet Would Look Like If It Were A Meerkat

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One of NVIDIA's many different artificial intelligence projects (and by far the best one to date) lets you envision what your pet might look like it it were a meerkat. In case you didn't know, NVIDIA has its own research group dedicated solely to research into AI, and that includes developing new AI systems and agents which can do some pretty neat things. As the researchers say, although they take AI research very seriously, there's still no excuse not to have some fun with the products of their labors. It's the name given to an AI system they developed around a year ago which can generate a selection of images that are sorts of translations of your own pet's face into what said pet might look like if they were other types of animals. "With GANimal, you can bring your pet's alter ego to life by projecting their expression and pose onto other animals," explain the developers.


What are the best video games of all time? I asked our team to help decide.

Mashable

Video game fans frequently try to crown one favorite or another as "The Best." There are tens of thousands of words scattered across the internet, all devoted to identifying the titles that represent the absolute pinnacle of games one can play. There's also no consensus: My dull experience is another person's transcendent awakening. Even the basic definition of "best" and how it's applied to one or a list of games is open to debate. Instead of trying to crown a set of games as the one-size-fits-all best video games of all time, I turned to the members of Mashable's games-loving team and asked them to share what they considered the best games for them. No other context given, and no guidance as to how "best" should be measured.


We Need a New 'Legend of Zelda' Cartoon

WIRED

The Legend of Zelda games have an amazing sense of adventure that ought to translate well to an animated series. But videogame journalist Blake J. Harris says that Nintendo's only attempt at a Zelda cartoon, in 1989, is spoiled by its unlikeable protagonist. "There was nothing that showed me that Link was loyal to anyone, or treated other people like family, or respectfully, or did things for the right reasons," Harris says in Episode 421 of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. "So I was like, 'This guy is just a smug jerk.'" Fantasy author Erin Lindsey agrees that Link's personality completely ruins the show.


Harry Potter 'open world' video game 'due next year'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Details of the hotly-anticipated Harry Potter video game based on JK Rowling's hugely popular series of books have been leaked. The'high-end' role-playing game will let'muggles' become witches and wizards, cast spells and attend classes at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Controlling a virtual avatar, gamers will be able to roam a vast, open-world re-creation of Hogwarts and its surrounding areas, according to developers quoted by Bloomberg. The game is in development at a Warner Bros-owned studio, Avalanche Software, which has a history of developing games based on films, including Toy Story and Cars. It's reportedly due for release late in 2021 for Sony's new PlayStation 5 console, which will be released in late 2020, and Microsoft's Xbox Series X consoles.


Twitch streamer Byron 'Reckful' Bernstein dead at 31

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Byron "Reckful" Bernstein, a popular Twitch streamer and "World of Warcraft" gamer, has died. Bernstein's older brother, Gary Bernstein, confirmed the tragic news via Twitter on Thursday. "My baby brother Byron @reckful is gone. RIP," Gary wrote of the Austin, Texas-based gamer.


Kobe Bryant to be featured on NBA 2K21's 'Mamba Forever' edition

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Kobe Bryant will grace the cover of NBA 2K21's "Mamba Forever" edition. The video game series will honor the late Los Angeles Lakers legend on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game and the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions as well. The current video game consoles will have cover art featuring Bryant during his 81-game performance in 2006 and the future generation console game will picture Bryant waving to the Staples Center crowd in his final game.


PS5 and Xbox Series X: Video game NBA 2K21 to cost more on new consoles

BBC News

Games publisher 2K will charge £5 more for its forthcoming NBA 2K21 basketball game on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. It is the first company to reveal how it will price software for the next-generation machines. Sony and Microsoft have yet to reveal how much they plan to charge for the new hardware. One analyst said it was not unusual for new console games to be priced at a premium. But it is an added factor for gamers to consider at a time when finances are under strain because of the coronavirus pandemic.


Learn to make 3D video games — no coding experience required

Mashable

TL;DR: Create your own 3D video game with The Complete GameGuru Bundle for $29.99, an 85% savings as of July 2. Every video game fan, at some point, has dreamt of making their own. But, of course, there are quite a few obstacles to such a dream. Fortunately, a lack of programming skills doesn't have to be one of them. With the Complete GameGuru Bundle, even complete coding novices can create their very own 3D video games. Designed for gaming enthusiasts without programming or design expertise, GameGuru is a non-technical and fun game maker that makes the game creation process easy and enjoyable.


Ms Marvel: Trailblazing Muslim superhero goes gaming

BBC News

"It's the representation in gaming I've waited for my whole life." Marvel's Avengers are assembling once again, not on the big screen, but for a blockbuster video game. It features many of the superheroes you might expect, including Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America. But they are joined by a new addition: Kamala Khan. The Muslim-American teenager of Pakistani heritage, who has shape-shifting abilities, is the latest character to adopt the Ms Marvel moniker.


Spiketrap Announces $3M Seed Funding to Help Brands

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Spiketrap, an AI-powered consumer intelligence platform, announces that it has closed a $3M seed round led by Susa Ventures with participation from 645 Ventures, Pathbreaker Ventures, Oceans Ventures, WndrCo, SV Angel, Anorak Ventures, Harry Stebbings of 20VC, as well as strategic angels. Ninety percent of all data on the internet is unstructured, and brands that neglect this data are making major decisions on a fraction of total information. Spiketrap's AI-powered platform enables companies and brands to understand conversations at scale in real-time, accelerating customers' speed-to-insight and providing rich data for data-driven decision-making. Its proprietary technology is capable of ingesting massive amounts of data in real-time and to contextually understand what is being discussed while eliminating spam and noise. "As an investor, I've never seen a product become indispensable for the top companies in an industry so quickly," says Leo Polovets, Co-Founder and General Partner, Susa Ventures.