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This is What Happens When You Teach an AI to Play Hide and Seek

The team at OpenAI observed agents discovering progressively more complex tool use while playing a simple game of hide-and-seek. Through training in their new simulated hide-and-seek environment, agents build a series of six distinct strategies and counterstrategies, some of which we did not know our environment supported. The self-supervised emergent complexity in this simple environment further suggests that multi-agent co-adaptation may one day produce extremely complex and intelligent behavior. You can find a detailed analysis and breakdown of this experiment at OpenAI Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/teaching-an-ai-to-play-hide-and-seek/

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Indie video game under fire for mocking trans suicides

Indie role-playing gameHeartbeat was once hailed for embracing empathy, love, and lesbianism. But now the games trans fans believe the developers are openly mocking the U.S. transgender populations rates of attempted suicide. The controversy began apart fromHeartbeat developer Chumbosoft. Lead developer and artist Shepple is datingNikotine, who is a well-known fandom artist in the Heartbeat community. On Sept. 20, Nikotine tweeted a series of transphobic statements targetingtrans women, writing she isashamed to be born in [America] because men believe they can mutilate their penis and dress in an effeminate manner…

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Guy Makes Oversized Novelty Weapons from Old Amazon Boxes

Japanese artist, the ‘Crafty Transformer‘, has amassed a large online following for his amazing DIY cardboard creations. Drawing inspiration from popular videos games, anime, and manga, he recreates well-known character gadgets, weapons, and tools. He even provides templates you can download (found in his YouTube video descriptions) along with step-by-step instructions in his videos. Below we’ve embedded some of his most popular vids along with some gifs, photos and even a fan-made compilation of his awesome work. For more, check out his YouTube page! Crafty Transformer seems to be making…

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These Pixelated Gems Look Like They Were Plucked Straight Out of Minecraft

Professional gem cutter Jordan Wilkins has become an online sensation for his amazing pixelated gems that have drawn comparisons to the gemstones found in the popular video game Minecraft. Wilkins attributes ‘opposed bar cuts’ to achieving the pixelated look, where the facets on the top of the stone are perpendicular to the facets on the bottom of the stone. On a recent reddit post, he adds: “It’s called the Smithsonian Bar and has been around in different variations for decades until a gentleman named Jeff Graham came up with the…

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‘God of War: Raising Kratos’ doc looks at how the biggest game of 2018 got made

Sony Santa Monica’s critically and commercially acclaimed 2018 hit God of War is going to be the subject of a “making of” documentary. It’s a Sony production, so it’s reasonable to expect the rosiest possible picture. But this trailer for Raising Kratos hypes a feature-length documentary look at the intricate development process that fuels a modern-day video game blockbuster. Best of all: it’s a no-cost deep dive into that process. There isn’t a release date, but Sony promises a PlayStation YouTube channel debut for Raising Kratos “soon.” Read more: https://mashable.com/video/god-of-war-raising-kratos-documentary-trailer/

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Dude shows off world record collection of 20,139 video games that took 8 days to count

Antonio Monteiro set a Guinness World Record in February for his enormous collection of 20,139 video games. Now, he’s finally showing them off. Monteiro walked through his treasure trove, which includes full North American sets for several consoles, in a video for Guinness World Records YouTube channel. He keeps all the games, which are stacked on the floor and on shelves up to the ceiling, in a single room. (The room seems pretty small at first, then just keeps going, and going, and going.) The collection took officials eight days…

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‘Sekiro’ makes a great case for killing horses

Die, horse!Image: from software Horses are an underrated enemy, both in video games and in real life, and we should all get the chance to slay them more often. In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, the first big boss you fight is a guy named Gyoubu Masataka Oniwa. Gyoubu has a big spear and an even bigger horse, and after trying and failing a handful of times to kill Gyoubu, I realized I wasn’t really fighting the man, I was actually fighting the horse. And boy did I enjoy hitting that…

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‘Call of Duty’ confirmed for mobile and it’ll be free

Get ready for head-to-head battles during your commute, as Activision and Tencent delivered details and a trailer for Call of Duty: Mobile on Monday. Call of Duty: Mobile will take the form of a standalone, free-to-play, first-person game brimming with maps like Nuketown and Crash, along with characters and weapons from the COD series, including Black Ops and Modern Warfare.  There’s no exact date for the game’s launch, but Activision and Tencent have announced that they’ll be releasing pre-launch beta versions of the game for folks who pre-register on the…

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‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is relevant for cyborgs and humans alike

Apocalyptic Hope County just can't exist without regular ol' Hope County.Image: ubisoft Warning: One absolutely unavoidable (and major) spoiler for Far Cry 5 is below, but chances are you’ve already heard about it. Ah, the “standalone sequel.” It’s a tricky beast. Of course players want it to work. Heaven knows studios want it to work. Unfortunately, it rarely works.  Far Cry: New Dawn is no exception – but that is far from a bad thing. The latest Far Cry spinoff takes us back to Hope County, Montana, the setting for…

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Best Uber Ever? Driver Installs Gaming Console for Riders

How awesome is this? Reddit user and rideshare driver BeefJuicyHot recently showed off what’s waiting for riders that step into his vehicle. In a follow-up post on Imgur, he explains how he created his retro gaming setup. For a display he used a 2016 Samsung Galaxy Tab; for the controller he used an SF30 Pro bluetooth gaming controller; for the actual games, he used an Arc Browser gaming emulator; and finally he mounted the whole setup to a Headrest Bar Mount. You can find the original post on reddit for…

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One-of-a-kind ‘Super Mario Bros.’ copy sells for $100,000

Image: heritage auctions A sealed copy of Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System has been sold at auction for over $100,000, Heritage Auctions announced on Thursday. That’s some serious coin. This copy of Super Mario Bros. not only contains one of the most popular games of all time, it also happens to be a pretty rare copy of said game. Not only is it in great condition, it is currently the only known copy of Super Mario Bros. that is sticker sealed. That explains why it broke the…

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Fortnite adds bluetooth controller support on iOS, Android

Image: Epic Games Fortnite is a video game, a meme machine, an occasional subject of controversy, and now… a concert venue. Marshmello set up shop on a virtual stage set up inside the game on Saturday. He was there to perform, and that’s exactly what he did. The proof is all over social media. Fortnite maker Epic Games treated the whole thing like an actual, real world event. Construction work on the stage began earlier in the week, as players discovered when they ventured into the Pleasant Park section of…

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Homemade Mortal Kombat trailer remake is just as fatal

'Mortal Kombat 11' is like a reckoning with the franchise's long and storied historyImage: warner bros. interactive entertainment Mortal Kombat tops the very short list of video games that have cemented themselves as permanent staples of pop culture. Whether it’s pro wrestlers, Wreck-It Ralph, Zayn Malik’s Met Gala outfit, or Lil Wayne and Skrillex tracks, its influence far exceeds the confines of a fighting game. You’d think after nearly three decades, it’d get old. But the hype for Mortal Kombat 11 is still just as fatal. SEE ALSO: Bloody ‘Mortal…

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This Nintendo Switch/GameCube mod is the pinnacle of gaming

This Nintendo Switch/GameCube mod is so good.Image: littlewolf128 / reddit The GameCube has a timeless design. That iconic, cubic form. That gray front panel that welcomes controllers. The handle on the back for east transport, for some reason. Well, Reddit user Littlewolf128 decided to pay tribute to the 2001 console by modding their Nintendo Switch dock to look like a spice orange GameCube. It looks so good. Gamecube Nintendo Switch Dock I made. from NintendoSwitch SEE ALSO: An engineer designed two Nintendo Switch controller adapters to help make gaming more…

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