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Artificial skin could be used to make video games more realistic

New Scientist

A synthetic skin could help add the sensation of touch to prosthetic hands or give video games a more realistic feel. The skin comes as a battery-free patch that can be stuck onto any part of the body. To create the sensation of touch, the patch vibrates and gently pushes the skin surface. An internal magnet and copper coil allow it to be powered wirelessly, while the cloth covering can be coloured to match the user's skin. The synthetic skin was created by John Rogers at Northwestern University in Illinois and his colleagues.

Video games' big night gets its nominee list for The Game Awards

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"Death Stranding" earned the most nominations in the Game Awards, which will be given out Dec. 12 in Los Angeles. The new game from famed designer Hideo Kojima ("Metal Gear Solid") collected nine nominations, including Game of the Year, Best Action/Adventure Game, Best Game Direction, Best Art Direction and Best Score. Actors Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen, who portray Sam Porter Bridges and Cliff, respectively, in the PlayStation 4 game, earned nominations for Best Performance. They were joined by Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb in "The Outer Worlds," Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden in "Control," Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz in "Gears 5" and Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling in "Control." Considered the Oscars of the video game industry, the Game Awards began in 2014, established by longtime video game journalist Geoff Keighley.

Trash-talking robot troll makes people worse at playing video games

New Scientist

Just like human opponents, robots can get on our nerves while playing video games. Aaron Roth of Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and his colleagues found that the language a robot opponent used during a competitive game affected how well people played. Negative comments from the robot caused humans to play less rationally. The researchers used a humanoid robot developed by SoftBank Robotics. It is equipped with cameras and microphones and can speak and move.

Google Stadia video game streaming service goes live Tuesday with 22 games

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The other streaming war – bringing video games to the cloud – is heating up. Google flips the switch Tuesday on its Stadia cloud gaming service, which lets you stream games to your television, computer, tablet and Android phone. Stadia lets you play marquee video games without the need of a game console or PC to house the game. Instead your game resides on Google's expansive array of data servers. As part of the monthly subscription fee, Stadia stores your games and connects you with other gamers in games that support multiplayer gaming.

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Those are some of the adjectives being used to describe "Death Stranding," the much-anticipated video game from famed game designer Hideo Kojima ("Metal Gear Solid") out now for Sony's PlayStation 4. Since Kojima revealed the game was under development three years ago, with a trailer showing Norman Reedus ("The Walking Dead") as the main character in a sci-fi setting, expectations have been high – and speculation has spiked – about the prospects for "Death Stranding," which is currently only available on the PS4. A PC version is in the works for summer 2020. A measurement of demand for the game comes from Nielsen, which asked 10,000 gamers, ages 7 to 54, to rank their interest in games set to be released before and during the holiday season. Nintendo Switch:'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' is officially the best-selling game in the series While "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening" (Score: 99), "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" (98), "Luigi's Mansion 3" (96) and "Borderlands 3" (95) led the way, "Death Stranding" was close behind with a score of 94, ahead of well-known titles such as "Gears 5" (88), "FIFA 20" (87), and "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" (82). But "Death Stranding" is a different game and has arrived as sort of a Rorschach test for game critics.

How to build the perfect set-up for video games

The Guardian

Whether you're a PC, console or smartphone gamer, there's a wealth of accessories that promise to improve your experience – and your score. But from mechanical keyboards to high dynamic range monitors the choices and jargon can be confusing. Here is our selection of the best gaming peripherals, whatever you play on. There are as many "ultimate" PC gaming set-ups as there are PC gamers – because the range of possibilities is vast and it's such a subjective process. With the mouse, for example, a lot will depend on how big your hands are and whether you prefer to lay your hand flat across the mouse or hold it in a claw-like grip.

Understand AI by Watching Machine Learning Learn Video Games.


Easy way to understand artificial intelligence by watching how machine learning learns to play video games. If you aren't sure what machine learning is it is a subset of artificial intelligence. The videos go from the very beginning where the character learns from the very start of how to play the video game. Then the character gets better and better. Thought this would be a great way to help people understand machine learning via video games.

'This raises the bar': Microsoft introduces first lead trans character in a major video game

The Guardian

At Microsoft's X019 event in London on Thursday, the company revealed a range of major new titles for the Xbox and PC. But in an industry which has often struggled with representation and diversity of lead characters, one announcement stood out. The latest narrative adventure game from the acclaimed French studio Dontnod will have a transgender man as its lead character – a first for a major game release. Named Tell Me Why, and launching in spring 2020, the game follows identical twins Alyson and Tyler Ronan, who grew up in a small community in Alaska and are reunited after a key event drove them apart 10 years ago. Through the game, the player has to understand what drove the characters from each other, investigating their shared memories while exploring the town and talking to local inhabitants.

Religion and the Simulation Hypothesis: Is God an AI (Part I)?


NOTE: On the 20th anniversary of the release of the Matrix, MIT and Stanford grad Rizwan Virk is releasing his book, The Simulation Hypothesis: An MIT Computer Scientists Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics and Eastern Mystics Agree We Are In a Video Game, which explores the scientific, philosophic and religious basis of this theory. This is one in a series of articles which explore different aspects of the simulation hypothesis -- visit to learn more. For hundreds of years, many well-known scientists weren't afraid to speak of God (or the importance of consciousness) in their writings, ranging from Newton to Descartes to Einstein. This may partly have sprung initially from not wanting to share the fate of scientists like Galileo whose research was suppressed by a dominant Catholic Church. Over time, though as the Church became less dominant, I suspect it stemmed from a genuine belief that while science was good at making observations, its reductionist tendencies might never be able to explain the unseen worlds of consciousness often explored by religion.

Amazon confirms first ever branded grocery store designed as a cheaper alternative to Whole Foods

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Amazon will take the next step in its bid to take over the food delivery market with its own company-branded grocery stores. In a report from CNET, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed the company's intention to open the first-ever Amazon-branded grocery store in Los Angeles. While the company hasn't released many details, a job listing discovered by CNET suggest the store will be'Amazon's first grocery store' meaning it will likely carry the e-tailing giant's brand name. Amazon is making its first foray into company-branded grocery stores. The outlets will reportedly offer cheaper options compared to the Amazon-owned Whole Foods.