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Create a Bot to Find Diamonds in Minecraft

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Minecraft is the next frontier for Artificial Intelligence. It takes an entire wiki with over 8000 pages just to teach humans how to play Minecraft. So how good can be artificial intelligence? This is the question we'll answer in this article. We'll design a bot and try to achieve one of the most difficult challenges in Minecraft: finding diamonds from scratch.


Microsoft's Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers

WIRED

Microsoft just showed how artificial intelligence could find its way into many software applications--by writing code on the fly. At the Microsoft Build developer conference today, the company's chief technology officer, Kevin Scott, demonstrated an AI helper for the game Minecraft. The non-player character within the game is powered by the same machine learning technology Microsoft has been testing for auto-generating software code. The feat hints at how recent advances in AI could change personal computing in years to come by replacing interfaces that you tap, type, and click to navigate into interfaces that you simply have a conversation with. The Minecraft agent responds appropriately to typed commands by converting them into working code behind the scenes using the software API for the game.


Call of Duty Endowment to host in-game charity run via 'Warzone'

Washington Post - Technology News

In the last decade, in-game events like Veteruns, store bundles and esports competitions have all been used as vehicles to raise money for charity. Between March 20 and April 3, all "Fortnite" proceeds were donated to four humanitarian relief funds to aid those affected by the war in Ukraine. Awesome Games Done Quick, in which players speed run hundreds of titles such as "Deathloop," "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" and "Super Mario 3D Land" for charity, raised over $3 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. And "League of Legends" players sent $6 million to Riot Games' Social Impact Fund through the purchase of the game's 1,000th skin.


'The Sims 4' now lets players choose their Sims' pronouns

Washington Post - Technology News

In "Create-A-Sim," "The Sims 4′s" character creation tool, players can now choose from preset pronouns -- she/her, he/him or they/them -- or input custom ones for their Sims. Given the intricacies of English grammar, that last option requires a bit of extra work. Players that create custom pronouns will have to input different forms, including subjective, objective, possessive dependent, possessive independent and reflexive. If that triggered some long-forgotten, school age conjugation lessons, don't worry: The game includes example sentences for reference. It then automatically updates to use the correct pronouns where applicable.


Twitch 'working on' making ban notifications more specific

Washington Post - Technology News

In the meantime, Hession touted Twitch's recent addition of an appeals portal, which has streamlined the process of objecting to suspensions and bans in cases where users feel like Twitch missed the mark. This is key, given that for some, Twitch is a major source of income; even just a handful of days away can amount to money left on the table or an exodus of paying subscribers. This new tool has validated Twitch's approach to moderation, global VP of safety ops Rob Lewington said. Even before the feature was implemented, Twitch regularly double-checked decisions to make sure they aligned with the platform's guidelines, establishing a success rate of over 99 percent. Now, that success rate is even higher.


Activision Blizzard worker committee demands anti-discrimination reform

Washington Post - Technology News

The committee gathered a list of demands which they submitted Tuesday morning to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, Diversity Officer Kristen Hines and Chief Human Resources Officer Julie Hodges. Over four pages, employees detailed demands such as workers being able to meet with the equal employment opportunity coordinator on diversity and inclusion initiatives, who was appointed as part of the federal sexual harassment settlement. Their other demands include ending undocumented chats with human resources, restricting retaliation against employees who file disputes and the institution of independent investigations around discrimination claims.


Investment firm launches campaign to oust Enthusiast Gaming CEO, board

Washington Post - Technology News

Toronto-based Enthusiast Gaming owns a number of video game focused publications and brands, including Destructoid, Upcomer and Addicting Games. The esports organization Luminosity Gaming, which fields rosters in the Overwatch and Call of Duty esports leagues as well as in "Valorant," is also a subsidiary of Enthusiast. On its website, the company boasts that it reaches an audience of over 300 million gamers each month. The company's share price dropped below $2 Tuesday.


SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro wireless headset review: A gamer's delight

ZDNet

I had a love-hate relationship with gaming. Plopping down in my desk chair, a bowl of Skittles ready, I was thrilled at the prospect of booting up Stardew Valley -- with one exception. My headset, an old, bulky beast I pilfered from my significant other, made my gaming experience less than stellar, leaving my ears pained by the time I practically ripped them off my head. Plus, other players would tell me my gaming headset made it nearly impossible to hear me. Clearly, I needed a new headset.


Pushing Buttons: Why linking real-world violence to video games is a dangerous distraction

The Guardian

Welcome to Pushing Buttons, the Guardian's gaming newsletter. If you'd like to receive it in your inbox every week, just pop your email in below – and check your inbox (and spam) for the confirmation email. Remember how, in the wake of yet more awful shootings in the US this month, Fox News decided to blame video games rather than, you know, the almost total absence of meaningful gun control? Remember how I said last week that the video-games-cause-violence "argument" was so mendacious and nakedly manipulative that I wasn't going to dignify it with a response? Well, here I am, responding, because the supposed link between video games and real-life violence is one of the most persistent myths that I've encountered over the course of my career, and it has an interesting (if also infuriating) history.


La veille de la cybersécurité

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Rather than letting players port weapons or powers between games, non-fungible tokens will more likely serve as building blocks for new games and virtual worlds. One of the most enduring legends in the cryptocurrency industry is that Vitalik Buterin started Ethereum because his warlock got nerfed. "I happily played World of Warcraft during 2007-2010," Vitalik wrote in one version of the story. "But one day Blizzard removed the damage component from my beloved warlock's Siphon Life spell. I cried myself to sleep, and on that day I realized what horrors centralized services can bring. I soon decided to quit."