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Video game industry on the end of Roe: I'm 'not proud to be an American'

Washington Post - Technology News

Shortly after Twitch personality Ali "Myth" Kabbani booted up his live stream on Friday, he crossed his arms and turned to the camera on his desk in Los Angeles. "By the way, chat, Roe v. Wade was overturned. This is a tragic f------ 'L' for America, once again," said Kabbani, who boasts more than 7.4 million followers on Twitch. "It's all going to come down to your local government or your state government now." Friday morning, the Supreme Court overturned the nearly 50 year precedent set by Roe v. Wade.

Chimpanzees hunt for fruit in video game to test navigation skills

New Scientist

Chimpanzees in a zoo have been trained to use a touchscreen to navigate a virtual environment and seek out objects. Studies like this could help us learn more about how our close relatives find their way around in the jungle. "There's a lot of research on the navigation of birds and bees," says Matthias Allritz at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. "But we know very little about the navigation of most primate species." This is largely because chimpanzees are difficult to track in the wild, Allritz says.

OpenAI spent $160,000 on Upwork for Minecraft gamers to train a neural net


The computer program achieved the feat in ten minutes, half the time it would take a proficient human player to do it. How important might it be to master the "diamond tool" in Minecraft? Important enough to spend $160,000, according to OpenAI, the artificial intelligence startup. That is the amount of money that a team at OpenAI spent to hire players of Minecraft on the online job listings platform Upwork to submit videos of themselves playing the game. In a paper unveiled this week, "Video PreTraining (VPT): Learning to Act by Watching Unlabeled Online Videos," OpenAI researchers Bowen Baker and team break ground in the use of large datasets to train a neural network to mimic human keystrokes to solve different tasks in the video game.

Kyle Rittenhouse announces video game to fund media defamation suits

Washington Post - Technology News

The video game industry increasingly has become a culture war battleground over the past decade. With the industry showing greater interest in unionization, it has become a focal point in tech industry organizing. Debates over pervasive sexism and racism have riven the industry, particularly in light of landmark workplace harassment and discrimination suits filed against some of the biggest companies in gaming. Geopolitical conflicts have played out in esports, too, as the war in Ukraine prompted teams and stakeholders in the space to cut ties with Russian companies and organizations. Some commentators have also traced the rise of Donald Trump to the GamerGate movement.

'F1 22' roars into a new era with revamped cars and overhauled physics

Washington Post - Technology News

While the game does strive for accuracy, Mather and his team decided to exercise creative license on one significant aspect of the new cars: "porpoising," an unexpected design quirk in which the fluctuating amounts of downforce cause some cars to bounce aggressively on straightaways, similar to how a porpoise bobs up and down on the surface of the water. It has been a major plotline of the early F1 season and one of the reasons Mercedes, the defending Constructors' title champion, has struggled to contend for podiums.

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is launching this yr - Channel969


Be a part of gaming executives to debate rising elements of the business this October at GamesBeat Summit Subsequent. Blizzard introduced right now that World of Warcraft's subsequent growth, Dragonflight, is popping out later this yr. That is one thing of a shock. The final growth, Shadowlands, launched in November 2020. Whereas a two yr wait between expansions isn't unprecedented, it's a comparatively quick turnaround contemplating the sluggish launch of updates the MMO has acquired in recent times.

The man who saved Final Fantasy is forging its future with 'FFXVI'

Washington Post - Technology News

When "FFXIV" initially released in 2010, it was heavily criticized for its lack of content, numerous bugs and server failures. Yoshida, an avid MMORPG fan himself, was brought on to lead a team that would essentially rebuild the game entirely. The result was "FFXIV: A Realm Reborn" in 2013, a much more streamlined experience that fixed bugs and provided rich content that not only spoke to newcomers but longtime fans desperately seeking signs of the franchise they once knew.

Activision Blizzard shareholders vote for public harassment report

Washington Post - Technology News

Last Thursday, the company released an update saying that after an internal investigation, it found "no evidence to suggest that Activision Blizzard senior executives ever intentionally ignored or attempted to downplay the instances of gender harassment that occurred and were reported." It also said investigators had not found any evidence that a senior executive or employee concealed information from the board of directors. The report affirmed that there were "some substantiated instances of gender harassment," but cleared senior leadership and the board of directors from association with those incidents.

'Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes' is a grind series fans will enjoy

Washington Post - Technology News

"Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes" is the latest Japanese role-playing game to arrive on the Nintendo Switch. Like "Persona 5 Strikers" and the Zelda spinoff, "Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity," "Three Hopes" takes a beloved franchise and storyline, in this case, Fire Emblem, and adds hack-and-slash combat to it. "Three Hopes" would be a dissatisfying title if it were enjoyed on its merits alone and not connected to the Fire Emblem franchise; in short, it's a grind. On the other hand, it's totally a game designed for eager fans, who will get exactly what they want from it -- whether it's dating old flames, an electrifying soundtrack or the chance to see powerful characters' attacks adapted into the Musou fighting genre popularized by developer Omega Force and its Dynasty Warriors series.

Pushing Buttons: five new games that look like nothing you've seen before

The Guardian

Welcome back to Pushing Buttons – this is Keza, back with you after a period of convalescence. As I was lying in bed with Covid, watching what felt like 4,000 trailers from the live-streamed summer video-game showcases, I struggled to tell the difference between a lot of them. Every shooter seemed to be set in space. Every wholesome indie seemed to feature frogs or bears. Admittedly I was quite ill, but also, as our games correspondent Keith Stuart explored in last week's newsletter, we've reached a point where a lot of mainstream culture, including games, is starting to feel as if it's folding in on itself.