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Artificial Intelligence Game Talk, University of Alberta, Hex and Chess

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U of Alberta created the first Computing Science department in Canada in 1964. It has a long tradition of research in AI (is rated 3rd in the world in machine learning). It has also led in the development of AI for strategy games. The results can be commercialized in non-game applications as well. Among these are Checkers, Chess, Go and Poker, The evening's talks were by Jonathan Schaeffer (computer chess) and Ryan Hayward (the strategy game Hex).


E3 2019: Seek out these off-the-wall video games for experiences beyond the norm

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E3's wide variety of games in development includes creations that offer players an alternative from the typical action-adventures and online battles. LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of video games are headed toward TVs, console systems, computer displays and mobile devices in the coming months. Of course, that means impending releases from longtime favorite franchises such as "The Legend of Zelda,""Star Wars" and "Call of Duty" and new takes on beloved characters including "Marvel's Avengers." But the breadth of games in development includes many creations that will offer players an alternative from the typical wave of action-adventures and online battles. Here's a quartet of quirky, offbeat treats uncovered from the array on display at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, which wrapped up here earlier this week.


Keanu, comebacks and a new console: the 10 biggest stories of E3 2019

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Next to some of the games console announcements of E3s past – such as Sony's $599 PlayStation 3, or the Wii U's confusing reveal, which left attendees wondering whether it actually was a new console – Microsoft's Project Scarlett announcement went pretty well. But the absence of a name for the thing, or a fancy box to look at, felt strange. Instead, we got a lot of tech specs and a video of the product team talking up the machine's capabilities. It's good to know a new console is coming, but what we really want to know is how much it will cost and what it can do. Developer CD Projekt Red had a weird E3.


Behind The AI of Horizon Zero Dawn (Part 2)

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AI and Games is a crowdfunded series about research and applications of artificial intelligence in video games. If you like my work please consider supporting the show over on Patreon for early-access and behind-the-scenes updates. In part 1 of my case study on Horizon Zero Dawn - Guerilla Games 2017 Playstation exclusive - I explored how the game is built to create herds of AI-controlled machine animals. This requires a complex agent hierarchy system where each machine can make decisions about how to behave using a Hierarchical Task Network planner, but also groups agents together to dictate their roles and responsibilities as part of a herd. This is all part of a system known as'The Collective', which maintains the ecosystem of all machines in the world as you are playing it.


Let's Play War - Issue 73: Play

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In the spring of 1964, as fighting escalated in Vietnam, several dozen Americans gathered to play a game. They were some of the most powerful men in Washington: the director of Central Intelligence, the Army chief of staff, the national security advisor, and the head of the Strategic Air Command. Senior officials from the State Department and the Navy were also on hand. Players were divided into two teams, red and blue, representing the Cold War superpowers. The teams operated out of separate rooms in the Pentagon, role-playing confrontation in Southeast Asia, simulated in a neutral command center.


E3 2019: These action games featuring Luigi, Keanu and Minecraft will be on your list

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If you're going to try to keep up with the best video gaming has to offer, you'll want to start thinking about getting these titles when they launch. Gamers, get your thumbs ready. If 2019's E3 is any indication, you need to rest them up for the onslaught of upcoming titles, for all gaming platforms. Attracting roughly 60,000 attendees – all of whom play a role in the multibillion-dollar interactive entertainment industry – the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles once again shone a light on the near future of video games, hardware and services. Especially if you're into action-heavy games, the following are eight highlights from this year's E3 that will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC and upcoming streaming platform Google Stadia.


Nintendo's Doug Bowser Talks Switch Success, Video Game Industry 'Crunch' and More

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Amid the news-packed chaos that is the Electronic Entertainment Expo -- or E3 for short -- TIME caught up with Doug Bowser, the president of Nintendo of America. Our conversation followed a busy day for Nintendo, which on Tuesday announced a sequel to the much-loved The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and revealed more details about Luigi's Mansion 3, Animal Crossing: New Horizons and more. Unlike some of its competitors, however, Nintendo was tight-lipped when it came to hardware, using this year's E3 to instead focus on new games for its console/mobile hybrid Switch platform. Speaking via phone from the E3 floor, Bowser discussed Nintendo's latest news, the company's efforts to appeal to a wide range of gamers, and how it can help address crunch and burnout among video game developers. The following conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.


Your doctor may be playing medical video games at work. That could be good for your health

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Doctors can perfect their craft playing Level Ex medical video games, and even earn continuing education credits towards maintaining their licenses. Can playing video games be a prescription for good health? Two to three times a week, the UCSF/Stanford-trained internist and founder of the Turntable Health primary care clinic, is on his smartphone playing video games. "People who are good at video games are actually good at some aspects of clinical medicine." Instead, ZDoggMD, as he's known by his pseudonym as a producer of healthcare videos and live shows, is among the 400,000 medical professionals practicing the craft of medicine through a series of games from Level Ex, a Chicago videogames developer whose titles are specially designed for doctors, med students and other healthcare providers.


Nintendo is working on sequel to 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild'

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One of Nintendo's signature franchises also supplied the video game publisher with its biggest surprise during E3. Nintendo confirmed Tuesday that it is working on a sequel to "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," a launch title for its Nintendo Switch console and one of the franchise's best entries. Near the conclusion of its Nintendo Direct video stream ahead of the official opening of E3, the company shared a trailer featuring the game's hero Link and Princess Zelda appearing to explore a dungeon. The duo encounters what looks like a dead body coming back to life. Some fans on social media speculate the character is Ganondorf, a key villain in Zelda lore.


Marvel's Avengers video game: What we know so far

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The Avengers assembled again, only it wasn't on a movie screen. On Monday night, video game publisher Square Enix revealed the first details of "Marvel's Avengers," which will launch on May 15, 2020. The video game will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Google's new Stadia streaming service. Among the game studios working on the Avengers game are Crystal Dynamics, who previously worked on the Tomb Raider franchise; and Eidos Montreal, best known for their work on the popular Deus Ex series. What should video game players expect when they don the role of an Avenger next year?