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) …
Blue's microphones are already popular with streamers for their high-quality and relative simplicity, but its latest model is appealing to a very specific gaming segment. The Yeti X World of Warcraft Edition not only has WoW aesthetics with a "battle grey" finish and engraved runes on the base, but comes with tech that allows players to alter their voices to sound like characters from the world of Azeroth. For regular Twitch or YouTube streaming, along with podcasting, the Yeti X is custom-tuned for broadcast-quality sound, according to Blue. If you want to enhance a World of Warcraft stream, however, you can invoke the custom features. That includes "advanced voice modulation effects with Warcraft presets that enable players to sound like denizens of World of Warcraft," according to Blue.
When World of Warcraft: Shadowlands comes out later this year, Blizzard plans to stop charging players a $15 fee to change the gender of one of their characters. Much like how you can tweak your character's appearance at an in-game barbershop, you'll be able to do the same with their gender once the expansion comes out. In an interview with Eurogamer, Shadowlands executive producer John Hight said Blizzard felt the fee was "not the right message." He went to add the company can't implement the change through a hotfix, which is why it's not dropping the fee earlier. Hight shared the tidbit after Blizzard put out a statement about a new character named Pelagos that will appear in Shadowlands. It's believed he is the first transgender character in WoW.
What makes a good video game movie? Is there even such a thing? The curse of the video game movie has long been documented, and the stigma that it's impossible to make a good one regardless of how much money you throw at it or who plays the lead has dogged the genre for years. Video games are more lucrative than Hollywood films overall, yet video game adaptations still struggle to be taken seriously by studio executives, who often misunderstand what makes the source material so popular to begin with. The anatomy of what makes a game-to-film adaptation tick is particularly relevant now with the release of Detective Pikachu, an adaptation of one of the franchise's lesser-known properties, a spinoff crime-solving game by the same name.
Gamers who remain on Windows 7 can now play World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth with the added boost of DirectX 12. Microsoft announced that Blizzard would be the first game developer to offer DirectX 12 support for Windows 7. This will be good news for stubborn Windows 7 users who still haven't upgraded to Windows 10. Thanks to the API's support for multi-threading, players can expect a framerate boost even on the older OS. Microsoft has tried to remain firm on the end of Windows 7's lifecycle, which is scheduled to end in January 2020. Windows 7, first released in winter of 2009, is still a popular desktop OS for many PCs despite no longer being sold on new computers.
This is an amazing story from parents about their son who suffered from a rare degenerative muscular disorder. After his passing, they discovered that Mats had lived a full life through video games. He made friends all over Europe in the process, rather than being confined to an isolated existence due to his medical condition. One way'The Social Network' got Facebook right Megan Garber, The Atlantic Facebook recently celebrated its 15th birthday, so The Atlantic took a look at back at the film that chronicled the company's origins. While the movie has its flaws, it did foreshadow the trials Zuckerberg & Co. are currently facing.
A bug in World of Warcraft's beta test for the new Battle for Azeroth expansion coming out in August left the damage unchanged for a Christmas Story-themed novelty item in the game, while health and all other statistics were drastically slashed as part of the expansion's stat squish. The Red Rider Air Rifle is an item purchased from toy vendors in game that, like innumerable items in Warcraft, refers to a pop culture icon: in this case, the Red Ryder BB gun that Ralphie wanted with all his heart in the classic movie A Christmas Story, which every adult told him would shoot his eye out. "I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!" Ralphie says in the movie, and Warcraft developers obliged, tweaking the spelling just a bit. "An official Red Rider Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!" the description says.
One World of Warcraft player is paying the price for taking a virtual rivalry too far. A US federal court has sentenced Romanian man Calin Mateias to spend a year in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to launching a distributed denial of service attack against WoW's servers in response to being "angered" by one player. The 2010 traffic flood knocked thousands of players offline and cost Blizzard $30,000 (which Mateias repaid in April) in recovery expenses. A defense sentencing memorandum claimed that Mateias had been spurred by a "juvenile desire to win the game." That's not really how the online role-playing title works (there's no definitive victory over fellow players, and they don't lose when they're offline), but you get the idea -- it was reportedly a hotheaded decision.
Ulduar Timewalking refers to the awakening of a long-forgotten evil called Ulduar. Blizzard explained in the patch notes that players will now have to travel back in time for a mission that involves cleansing Ulduar of the evil influence of Yogg-Saron. Throughout this new adventure, the player's character will be scaled to level 80. Silithus: The Wound also introduces a new adventure. Once players have completed Antorus, The Burning Throne will convene at the capital cities. Players will then be tasked to travel to Silithus to uncover the reasons behind the peculiar events related to Sargera's blade.
After traveling to a different planet and defeating one of the biggest threats in the universe, where do you go from there? The next World of Warcraft expansion Battle for Azeroth was revealed at BlizzCon today, sending the 13-year-old game back to its beginnings with a struggle for power and resources between the Horde and the Alliance on Azeroth. The expansion, coming in 2018, includes six new zones in Kul Tiras and Zandalar (where the Alliance and Horde will respectively try to gain new allies in the war), a new level cap of 120, new allied races, islands to explore, and warfronts to do battle on. SEE ALSO: The BDSM underworld of the most disturbing'World of Warcraft' sex dungeon I was able to talk to World of Warcraft game director Ion Hazzikostas before BlizzCon about Battle for Azeroth. We discussed where players will be heading in Azeroth, the new races coming to the game, and what players can expect in the game's seventh expansion.
There's also a subculture using it for "erotic role-playing" (or ERP) to fulfill kinky fantasies played out through fantastical avatars. But a recent Motherboard article dives into the dark underbelly of the game's most infamous sex dungeon. Reporter Dominik Schott spent ample time at the Goldshire Inn on the Moonguard server, interviewing over 40 players about its typical happenings. The activities that take place there have earned it the nickname of "Rape Tavern." And, let me tell you, it doesn't get any less disconcerting from there.