If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Deals season and video games go together like a DualSense controller and your sweaty palms. It's harder than ever to get one of the new consoles, but even if you don't win the next-gen lottery, there's plenty of gear, accessories, and games you can nab for your current consoles or PC. We've rounded up some of the best Black Friday video game and accessory deals here. Updated November 25th: We added a Nintendo Switch bundle, JBL, Master & Dynamic, and Astro headsets, a few PowerA accessories, and several PC, Nintendo, and PlayStation games. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission.
For the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. last year, Nintendo released a special edition Game & Watch. Rather than featuring a single title, the Super Mario anniversary device had a full version of the original adventure as well as its Japan-only sequel, known in the West as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. Nintendo's pulling the same trick this year with a 35th-anniversary Legend of Zelda-themed Game & Watch that just went on sale. And like last year's model, it includes a color screen and full games, but the selection is more generous. It includes the original The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, both originally released on the NES.
Video games aren't inherently toys, but our toys of the 21st century can easily offer up video games as part of their package. The beloved Japanese game publisher and developer wowed elder fans in 2020 with the launch of Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros., a $50 handheld gaming device that's roughly the size of those old Nokia feature phones (though Nintendo's are significantly thinner). The earlier release packed in plenty: Two entire Mario games, including the original NES classic Super Mario Bros. as well as its previously Japan-only sequel, plus a very simple juggling game modeled after the original Game & Watch line, and a thematically appropriate animated clock. The first Zelda game, basically an early example of an action RPG, is immediately more involved and complex than Super Mario Bros. It's one of three Zelda games included in this package, alongside Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. The throwback Game & Watch minigame and animated clock are also back, this time with a Zelda theme, and there's an animated timer.
The Nintendo Switch console is about to make history, becoming the video game maker's best-selling console ever. But if you want to buy a new Nintendo Switch OLED model to help put it over the top, they are still tough to find. In the U.S., Nintendo sold 314,000 Switch OLED units during the month of October (the console was released Oct. 8), Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser said, citing sales data from The NPD Group. Overall, Nintendo sold 711,000 Nintendo Switch systems during the month. Nintendo sold 3% more Switch units in October 2020, he said.
The recipe for a Metroid game is clear and concise: there's a labyrinthine system of rooms and corridors, an oppressive science-fiction environment, an escalating series of power-ups. A limited map you unlock gradually and rewardingly. Metroid Dread is proficient at all of this: it feels good to play, for a while. But I found that it got tiresome. There is little to hold the player in the world beyond the feeling of a perfectly executed attack or dodge.
Robot design tends to fall into one of two camps. In the first, they look like us; in the second, they look like tools, their bodies molded toward a particular function. And like tools, this second camp of robots--the smartphones of the robot universe--have tended to look very similar and require some thought on the part of their designer to elevate their personalities above that of a can opener. Metroid Dread on the Nintendo Switch doesn't escape this trap: It's a fine and frightening game held back by its boring robot villains. This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.
Nintendo has finalized the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster with the reveal of one last DLC fighter. Director Masahiro Sakurai revealed that Sora from Kingdom Hearts is joining the ranks. Sora is nimble and a skilled airborne fighter, but he's very light, so it's easy to launch him. Before the stream, Sakurai noted on Twitter (per Google Translate) that "new fighter may be a character you don't know." That dashed many fans' hopes that the fighter would be Waluigi or, as was previously rumored, Master Chief from Halo, though Sora isn't exactly an unknown quantity.
Many people were surprised to learn that Nintendo Co.'s new video game console is missing a common feature of rival systems: support for high-fidelity, 4K graphics. Perhaps most perplexed were the numerous developers who were working on 4K games using a software toolkit provided by Nintendo. Employees at 11 game companies said their teams were in possession of Nintendo's 4K development kit for the Switch. The companies span the globe, ranging from large publishers to small studios and include at least one that has never made a console game before, Zynga Inc., according to the employees, who asked not to be identified because they weren't authorized to discuss their projects publicly. The latest model of the best-selling Nintendo Switch is set to go on sale Oct. 8.
An unlikely pair of adventurers fight their way through a mysteriously crumbling world in Eastward. An unlikely pair of adventurers fight their way through a mysteriously crumbling world in Eastward. The most nimble game developers borrow. Like Shakespeare himself, they rummage through venerated titles crafted by the old guard and snag anything useful to them. They ask themselves "How can we create a game as inventive as Fallout, as artistic as Zelda and as gripping as The Last of Us?" Shanghai developer Pixpil's newest title, Eastward, is a triumph that stretches the standard for indie game development; it masterfully combines popular tropes from older titles and genres without feeling hackneyed and stale. It's no easy feat, but Eastward passes the test with flying colors (and pixels).
Standout titles include Grand Theft Auto III, Metal Gear Solid 2 and Final Fantasy X. It was also the year Xbox made its debut, while the Sega Dreamcast bowed out. But while all that was going on Nintendo was still going strong, releasing the Game Boy Advance in March of that year and a new home system in September. The GameCube was quite a console, an adorable box with a great wireless controller and fun add-ons like the Game Boy Player. Unfortunately, the system was plagued by a thin library, especially compared to the PlayStation's combined roster of PS1 and PS2 games.