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Posted on Jul 31st 2018 at 06:30:00 PM by ([maryfink:realName])
Posted under Video, games, new, technology

In a truly surreal experiment, Hod Lipson, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell, asked two of his students, Igor Labutov and Jason Yosinski to set up a conversation between two chatbots, which are communications experiments designed by researchers to try to understand how human beings communicate. An example is cleverbot, a web site where anyone that wishes to, can have a conversation of their own with a chatbot. The video the duo made has gone viral on the Internet, racking up more than a million hits. I think this technology can be soon all the services will use chat bots: from food delivery to best betting site canada and, of cource, game industry.
 

How Do Chatbots work?
Chatbox applications are designed and written by skilled computer engineers who use linguistic algorithms to pick out the meaning of words in a sentence given to them; they turn those results over to a secondary system that uses a very large database of words and sentences to come up with something that resembles a reply. When the user then replies to their reply, the system uses that information, along with any new sentences typed, to form new replies. This process continues for as long as the user wishes, which means that the chatbox seems to know more and more about both the person it is chatting with and the things they are chatting about as the conversation ensues.

The real magic behind chatboxes isnt that they can seem to formulate replies that make sense but the psychology behind them that in essence fools the human brain into filling in missing parts of conversation without really noticing; sort of like filling in the images of an oral story told by another person.

Chatbox conversations generally work best when the human part of the equation is more open with what they are saying and in some cases is able to use a little imagination to nudge the chabox into broader topics.
How the Viral Video of the Chatbox Conversation was Made
Normally, chatbox conversations are text only. This makes things easier for the programmers. In the case of the chatbox conversation between the two chatboxes, both of the chatboxes were connected to a device that converts text to speech, and vice-versa, thus enabling us human viewers to see and hear the conversation out loud, rather than just reading the text on the screen. The end effect is eerily similar to watching two real human beings converse, proven by the number of comments on the YouTube site accusing the duo of faking the whole thing.



Posted on Feb 28th 2018 at 10:18:55 PM by (quilaxiva)
Posted under game, games

While the Alexa speakers spread around your house are great for keeping you on task, controlling your smart home and ordering pizza when you don't have time to cook dinner, they're also great at keeping your kiddos busy. The Alexa skills catalog is full of helpful third-party software, including skills for kids and plenty of games to keep children entertained. And it's not all just mindless fun -- there are plenty of educational games to boot.

Below are 20 Alexa games you should try with your kids.
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Lemonade Stand

Lemonade Stand is a voice-only take on one of the first computer games by the same name. Alexa will tell you the (in-game) weather forecast for the day. The player then manages the lemonade stand by using their money to buy cups of lemonade and advertisements for their lemonade stand.
Panda Rescue

In Panda Rescue, you are a carer and your job is to take care of an orphaned baby panda. Answer questions and make the correct decisions as a parent until the panda grows to become an adult and is released back into the wild.
Hungry Birds

Hungry Birds will teach your children the fundamentals of coding or programming by exercising their logical thinking and problem-solving skills. The object of the game is to help the bird reach its nest by following a path filled with worms and corn. If you make the wrong move, the fox will catch the bird.
Freeze Dancers

Of course, not all games have to be educational. Freeze Dancers is a take on the classic Freeze Dance game. Alexa will play music and tell you to dance in wacky ways. When the music stops, you must freeze and hold that position until the music continues. If you fall, you're out (or do 10 jumping jacks and rejoin when the next song plays). Play until no one is left standing.
The SpongeBob Challenge

The SpongeBob Challenge is a memory game where the Krusty Krab crew must take orders from customers and you must remember their orders, no matter how weird or complicated.
Silly Things

With Silly Things, Alexa will tell you something funny to act out. For instance, if you say, "Alexa, ask Silly Things to tell me to do something silly," it might tell you to act like you just ate a sour lemon or act like the floor is lava.
Outer Space Alice

Outer Space Alice follows the story of a teenage astronaut, Alice, who is in the International Space Station (ISS). When asked, she will tell you the actual current position of the ISS and an interesting fact about that location.
Kids Court

Kids Court may not be an actual game for kids, but it might be entertaining for you. If there is an argument, you can tell your children to take it to Kids Court where Judge Lexy will give you a verdict. You can also go to www.kizifan.com to file for an appeal, suggest new verdicts or play the judge in other people's trials.
Magical Adventure

Magical Adventure will tell kid's stories with your children's names as characters. Each story is roughly five minutes in length and each gender gets a new story approximately every week. You can also submit your own stories by emailing them to the developer, found on the skill's landing page.
Math Dungeon

In Math Dungeon, you must navigate a dungeon where you will encounter different creatures. Answer their increasingly difficult word problems to progress through the dungeon. If you make it to the end, you will meet the wizard for a final challenge.
Hide and Seek

With the Hide and Seek skill, Alexa will play the classic game with you. Obviously, Alexa can't hide, so you'll be in charge of all the hiding and Alexa will try to guess where you are.
Akinator

Akinator is the classic 20 questions game. You choose an object, be it a person, place, animal or inanimate item, and answer yes or no to a series of questions. The genie will try to guess what you're thinking of.
Mighty Trivia

Mighty Trivia is just one of many trivia games in the Alexa skills catalog. This one is geared towards a younger audience with three different difficulty levels. Alexa will pretend to be an object, person, place or animal and you must guess what she is based on questions and hints. It's effectively the opposite of Akinator.
Animal Game

If Akinator seems a little too broad or open for your kid, you can try the Animal Game, which is the same game but limited to animals. Choose any animal (that you have a basic knowledge of) and answer a series of questions while Alexa tries to guess which one you're thinking of.
Memory Game For Kids

Memory Game For Kids will provide you with a list of words and follow it up with a question, such as "What word was before dog?" Do your best to memorize the list and answer correctly to proceed.
Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz is an interactive adaptation of the story we all know and love. Along the journey, you will be met with puzzles and problems that you must solve to find your way back home.
Would You Rather For Family

A PG take on a classic party game, Would You Rather For Family will propose silly situations and you must choose between them.
True, False or Trick!

True, False or Trick! Will tell you a fact about nature, science, animals, history and other topics. You must choose whether the fact is true, false or a trick. There is another version of this game by a different developer that isn't geared towards kids, so make sure you're playing the right one with your kids.
Kid Power

Kid Power from UNICEF is a great way to get your kids active and teach them about the world while also helping others in need. The skill will tell your kids to perform different activities, like running or jumping, quiz them on countries around the world and take them on an interactive adventure. When they use the skill, they will earn Kid Power points, which transfers "into food packets that UNICEF delivery to malnourished kids around the world."
The Queen's Mathematician

The Queen's Mathematician is another adventure where the queen has been kidnapped by elves. You must use your math skills to unlock the charms and rescue her. And they can play again and again, since the game has thousands of possible endings.



Posted on Dec 26th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Gaming, 2017, games, RPG, action, adventure, shooter, story


Late last year, once all of the annual 'Best of' lists started coming out for the games released in 2016, I lamented the fact that I had only played a paltry four new release titles from the year and thus had no opinion on many of the games that were being discussed.  So in 2017, I was determined to play more new release titles during the year in an effort to stay more up-to-date with all of the discussions going on for the latest and greatest games.  And just like with everything I do, I went insanely overboard and ended up playing nearly 30 new release titles this year.

Instead of doing a traditional Top 10 list of the games I played this year, I wanted to focus on a select few that I thought were particularly great but may unfortunately go unnoticed and slip under the radar of most people.  Most of these games really aren't what you would call obscure, but with the massive amount of great games released this year, it can be easy to forget about the ones that didn't get quite as much coverage.  These also aren't necessarily my favorite games of the year, as I am intentionally leaving out some of the more popular titles that were released.


Continue reading Disposed Hero's Games of 2017



Posted on Jan 5th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (zophar53)
Posted under Games, Top 10


Rabble rabble rabble, 2016 was a dumpster fire of a year and I'm glad that it's over.

Ok, now that I've gotten that out of my system, I'd rather focus on the positive, because the fact of the matter is that on a personal level, 2016 was actually a pretty great year for me. Not perfect, of course, but one in which I did some travelling, including a nice long vacation to see some family in Phoenix I haven't seen in years, and some road trips for concerts and other things. I had an unexpected career change that has so far turned out to be a wise and vindicating move. I was able to find the time to read a lot more in 2016, which is definitely my other great love aside from games. And finally, I bought a nice, new gaming PC and have been loving falling victim to more Steam sales just to see what games I already own look like on a big, beautiful monitor. I didn't get nearly enough time in for gaming as I was hoping for this year (as I seem to say every January these days), but continuing the trend from 2015, there were a ton of fantastic games released in the last 12 months. As I look over the list of games I had the most fun with this year, there's plenty of older titles not listed here that I only just recently discovered for the first time, and even more that I hope to catch up with in the next few months.

The last thing I think is important to mention is that 2016 was, at least for me, the year VR finally sold me. The software is still trying to catch up a bit in terms of making fun, compelling, long-term experiences, and the high price point isn't quite enough to make me shell out for anything more than a Gear VR just yet. However, between my own limited experience and what I've heard and seen from people I've come to trust, the concept of VR in 2016 is finally coming together. It truly can be as immersive and believable as people say, all we need now is that killer piece of software and a tad more affordability to bring it all together, and I can't wait to see where things go from there. So without further ado, let's celebrate some great games!


Continue reading My Top 10 Games of 2016



Posted on Jul 29th 2016 at 02:42:45 PM by (wildbil52)
Posted under NES, Games, Emulators


Video game collectors, as a kind of purist rule, don't like emulators...that is unless Nintendo wants to sell us one, then we're cool with it.  The recently announced NES Classic Edition will be here before you know it and I suspect that most Nintendo fans out there will do their best to pick one up.  Let's take a look at some of the details.


Continue reading NES Classic Edition: The Nintemulator



Posted on Apr 6th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Expo, Games


RetroWorld Expo returns for a second year with a 2 day event.  RWX is a celebration of classic and retro video gaming that also embraces tabletop gaming, modern video gaming, homebrew gaming, anime, action figures, comic books, cosplay, arcade machines, and much more.


Continue reading RetroWorld Expo 2016 October 15th-16th Wallingford, CT



Posted on Mar 24th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Fleach)
Posted under Review, Firewatch, Indie, First Person, Walking Simulator, Character, Narrative, Games, PC


Many modern, first person adventure games are labelled as "walking simulators," particularly the ones with a narrative focus. This term refers to a game in which players walk throughout the in-game environment without doing much else like engaging in combat or finding collectibles. It's a label that, while superficially accurate, is often applied to a game because players can't decipher much more beyond the surface characters or stories. However, more often than not that couldn't be further from the truth of what these games offer. Take, for example, Dear Esther; it features the final fleeting thoughts of its narrator as his life fades away. It's true that the gameplay only involves walking from one set piece to the next, but what makes the game substantial is the emotions and memories the narrator presents. The walking simulator is the most effective at allowing players to really get into the head of a game's character.

Firewatch, the first game from Campo Santo, is the latest inclusion in the walking simulator category. The fact is that this game offers much depth of character, narrative interactivity, and even some role-playing which can only be achieved by utilizing this unconventional and divisive genre.

MAJOR SPOILERS FOR FIREWATCH CONTINUE
READING AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!


Continue reading Firewatch: Not Just a Walking Simulator



Posted on Jan 14th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Games, PC Games, Steam, Adventure, Tim Schafer


Broken Age is a beautiful game.  Sometimes you just want to enjoy a piece of art.  I'm not going to open up the "Are Games Art?" can of worms argument, but I can say without a doubt that THIS GAME is a brilliant work of art.

Everyone knows the story of this game, but here's a quick recap if you aren't a part of "everyone": Tim Schafer and Doublefine started a Kickstarter asking for $300,000 to make an adventure game.  The project exploded and they received over $3.3 Million.  The game took a lot longer to make than anticipated, partially because they decided to make a much bigger game than they had originally planned now that they had way more funds than they thought they would.  Instead of a delivery date of October 2012, the first half of Broken Age was available for backers to play in January of 2014, with the second half arriving in April of the same year.  Along with the game, backers were given access to an episodic documentary of the making of the project.  Now that that's all out of the way, let's talk about the game.


Continue reading Broken Age is a Beautiful Game



Posted on Dec 29th 2015 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Games, PC Gaming, Steam


PC gamers and console gamers have always been at odds, to put it nicely.  Could the Steam Link help with the unification of these two long feuding groups?


Continue reading Could the Steam Link be the Missing Link?



Posted on Dec 15th 2015 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Games, Steam Games, Xbox One


As a father of two boys under 2 years old, it isn't always easy to find time for gaming but I have played some great games this year.

I apologize for the quality of the pics, I took them off screen and they didn't all come out as nice as they look on my TV Sad


Continue reading Best Games of 2015 Wildbil52 Edition



Posted on Nov 29th 2015 at 09:42:32 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Games, Big Games


As the time counter in my Fallout 4 game crosses from 23 hours 59 minutes to 1 day, I'm examining why huge games like this one might scare people off and what we can do in order to play them.


Continue reading The Case for Huge Games



Posted on Nov 15th 2015 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Arcade, Games


It has been a long and interesting process.  I learned a lot and I am very happy with the final product.  Let me show you how I put all of the pieces together


Continue reading Arcade Control Panel Design Part IV: The Final Countdown



Posted on Sep 12th 2015 at 08:00:00 AM by (wildbil52)
Posted under Arcade, Games, Control Panel, DIY


We have talked about some of the things you should do when you first pick up a cabinet and we have talked a little bit about monitors and working on them.  Now we are going to talk about the control panel ("CP").  There are lots of important decisions that go into designing them and if you are only going to have one or 2 machines, you had better make the CP count.


Continue reading Arcade Control Panel Design Part I



Posted on Aug 18th 2015 at 04:57:10 PM by (Ikariniku)
Posted under Cartigraphy, games, collecting, history, opinion, cartridges, discs, disks

Cartridge Plus Calligraphy

Cartigraphy is my chronicling of the artifacts and messages that I've found on cartridges as I expand my collection.  These defects, scars, and markings give the games a sense of history.  Some of the items in my collection are 30-40 years old.  They've "lived" as long as I have.  They have stories.  Imperfections are a glimpse into the world around the game, and I would like to share those glimpses with you.

Subject 2

Little Nemo: The Dream Master (NES, 1990)

"[up arrow] S [left arrow] [right arrow] A A B





If you would like to comment or share your own pieces of Cartigraphy, join the discussion thread here: http://www.rfgeneration.c...x.php?topic=15773.new#new



Posted on May 31st 2015 at 02:06:19 PM by (Ikariniku)
Posted under Cartigraphy, games, collecting, history, opinion, cartridges, discs, disks

Cartridge Plus Calligraphy

Cartigraphy is my chronicling of the artifacts and messages that I've found on cartridges as I expand my collection.  These defects, scars, and markings give the games a sense of history.  Some of the items in my collection are 30-40 years old.  They've "lived" as long as I have.  They have stories.  Imperfections are a glimpse into the world around the game, and I would like to share those glimpses with you.

Subject 1

Rolling Thunder 3 (Genesis, 1993)

"GREED"





If you would like to comment or share your own pieces of Cartigraphy, join the discussion thread here: http://www.rfgeneration.c...x.php?topic=15773.new#new


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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