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'The Elder Scrolls Online' expands to High Isle, medieval island home to the Bretons

Washington Post - Technology News

"Tales of Tribute" will be a resource-management game in the same vein as the popular board game "Catan" where two players compete to accomplish a goal. Lambert told The Post he's been vying to get a tavern game into "The Elder Scrolls Online" since the MMO was first in development. At the start of the card game, both players will draw from a shared deck, which means you won't find yourself at a disadvantage if someone else has collected every rare card there is to find in Tamriel.


Preorder 'Pokémon Legends: Arceus' for $5 off (and get an exclusive in-game outfit)

Mashable

PREORDER: The highly anticipated Nintendo Switch game Pokémon Legends: Arceus comes out this Friday, Jan. 28. Reserve a copy through Amazon ahead of time and you'll get $5 off the game (from $59.99 to $54.99) plus an exclusive in-game outfit. The reviews are trickling in for Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Game Freak's upcoming action RPG for the Nintendo Switch -- and from the sound of things, it's one of the finest Pokémon games we've gotten in years (albeit a little "messy" at times): "It stumbles often on its way to innovation (it's trying to evolve a nearly 24-year-old series, after all) and brings equal parts brilliance and frustration in its updated systems," writes Polygon's Ryan Gilliam. "But the good bits in Pokémon Legends: Arceus outweigh the bad, rounding out a successful first attempt at an action-centric Pokémon game." Per Steve Watts of GameRant: "Once Pokémon Legends: Arceus finds its stride ... it's the most daring and inventive the series has been in years, breaking apart the staid core and creating something new and exciting from its pieces."


Why do we love puzzles like Wordle, and are they good for our brains?

PBS NewsHour

In recent weeks, a web-based word puzzle called Wordle has become a popular daily distraction. Suddenly, millions of people are focused on their vocabulary of five-letter words, and are newly aware of concepts like letter frequency and letter position as they strategize about the best opening words and faster solutions. For these people, Wordle is captivating. Previous research can help us understand how our brains respond to word games, and why we love them. Wordle is a single-player puzzle that combines elements of several games, including Scrabble and Battleship.


'Rainbow Six Extraction' is really good. I don't believe it either.

Washington Post - Technology News

This cycle will make you want to play "just one more!" The team at Ubisoft Montreal has packed "Extraction" with fun quirks that give it remarkable depth and an identity that is wholly its own. A not insignificant segment of each round, for example, will feature players shooting the ground to clear away the black goo, or sprawl, that slows players down. That exercise is unique to "Extraction," I would venture. It also lends the game a hint of tactical depth, and does so without drawing attention to itself.


OpenAI rolls out new text-generating models that it claims are less toxic

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Did you miss a session from the Future of Work Summit? Large language models (LLMs) such as OpenAI's GPT-3, which can "write" sentences that read nearly like they were written by a human, can be prompted to perform a range of writing tasks given only a few examples of the tasks. For example, LLMs have been used to create marketing materials and video game levels in addition to recipes, poetry, and movie scripts. But because LLMs learn to write from examples taken from sometimes toxic communities, they can fall victim to parroting misinformation, sexism, ageism, racism, and conspiracies. Efforts have been made to combat toxicity in LLMs -- with mixed results.


Now that I've finally played The Last of Us, who wants to talk about that ending? Dominik Diamond

The Guardian

'OK, Dad, this is an incredible essay on the effects of grief and grey morality in a postapocalyptic society," says the eldest child, AKA the millennial. "It's got proper female characters, progressive takes on sexuality and tonnes of rain." "They've made a video game of The Handmaid's Tale?" And both games have the best ending ever." Now she has my interest. Video game endings fascinate me, because my generation started out with arcade games that didn't have them.


Train a Pokemon Classifier Using an AWS Deep Learning AMI

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If you want to be the very best that no one ever was, you should read this tutorial on how to use an AWS Deep Learning AMI to train a Neural Network classifier in Python. The goal of this classifier is to give an image of a Gen 1 Pokemon, to identify it. That was a lot of acronyms and funny words, before we get started on the tutorial, let's cover some background information. AMI stands for Amazon Machine Image and is a template that is used to launch a virtual server (which in AWS is also known as an EC2 instance that you can read more about below). Since it is a template, you can use one AMI to launch multiple EC2 instances with the same configurations.


'Legacy of Thieves' brings Uncharted's Hollywood spectacles to the PS5 right in time for the red carpet

Washington Post - Technology News

For the first-timers here, "A Thief's End" is the award-winning final act of Nathan Drake's story. I'll tip-toe around the plot details and just write that in the beginning of the game, which originally released in 2016, Drake is cajoled out of retirement to go on one last hunt for a long-dead pirate's treasure. "The Lost Legacy," which Naughty Dog released a year later, follows Chloe Fraizer and Nadine Ross -- two of the most compelling characters in the series -- on their own adventure through the Western Ghats, a mountain range on the southwest coast of India. Neither of these games is going to spoil whatever happens in Tom Holland's adventure as Nathan Drake. Sony has said that the movie "took inspiration from the games" but the story line is "completely unique."


'Pokémon Legends: Arceus' doesn't need to look beautiful to be a beautiful game

Washington Post - Technology News

He loved the thrill of waiting for a rare bug, and the rush of excitement when he found one. The anticipation building before he struck, hoping to catch it. As his collection grew, so did his sense of pride. This cycle was the foundation for one of Nintendo's most massive franchises in its history. Pokémon's very existence is a love letter to this cycle, something Masuda and the developers at Game Freak hoped to replicate for players.


Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 review: A truly modern GPU for the masses (hopefully)

PCWorld

Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3050 delivers great 1080p gaming performance with modern features, including capable ray tracing chops and DLSS. It has plenty of memory and doesn't make any unusual technical compromises, unlike AMD's rival Radeon RX 6500 XT, but that potentially makes it a target for GPU miners--which could mean bad things for price and availability. A year and a half into the latest generation of graphics cards--one plagued by chip shortages, logistics woes, tariffs, crypto demand, and scalpers--we're finally starting to see the first GPUs for PC gamers on a tighter budget. And as the GeForce RTX 3050 we're reviewing today shows, Nvidia and AMD couldn't be going about it any more differently. AMD landed the first strike. The Radeon RX 6500 XT arrived just last week, and AMD made some hard compromises to hit its low $199 price point.