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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 Jul 11th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under review, video, PS1, JRPG


May's game of the month here at RF Generation was the quirky musical roleplaying game Rhapsody - A Musical Adventure. It was fun to play through and discuss with everyone else playing along and gave me a reason to review a JRPG for the first time ever. Rhapsody is short and sweet, turns some typical rpg tropes upside-down, and includes great musical numbers. But does the gameplay hold up? Here's my take on the game.



Posted on Jun 13th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, analysis



With the recent release of God of War, I got to thinking about how many recent mainstream games have had you playing a father figure... and how few games let you play a as a mother. I go over a few examples of playable mothers, then expand the scope out to non-playable mother characters and the categories they tend to fall into in games.

Warning: If you're fussy about character spoilers, I talk about the fates of mothers in about 40 different games in this video. I don't think I've given away anything too shocking or unexpected though.



Posted on May 12th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under review, video, PC, adventure, LucasArts



In 1995 LucasArts released an adventure game that was a little different from anything they had developed before.  It deals with motorcycles, mechanics and murder. It's Full Throttle! I teamed up with the Adventure Game Geek to give you two opinions for the price of one. We played the recent remastered version of the game, though do compare it to the original.



Posted on Mar 12th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, Sega Dreamcast


The Dreamcast is a console I never really got into. I was more of a PlayStation girl. So this review is the first Dreamcast game I've ever finished. At only 25 minutes long, it wasn't too much of an effort.

Dynamite Cop is the follow-up to Die Hard Arcade. It's a very silly arcade beat'em up. Does it improve on the first game? Is it worth playing? Watch to find out.



Posted on Feb 14th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, SNES, Castlevania


Castlevania is a series I never really got into. I didn't play it any on the NES or SNES when I was a kid, and it wasn't until Symphony of the Night on PS1 that I finally gave it a try. In an attempt to fill this gap in my gaming experience, I played through Super Castlevania IV. My initial impressions weren't great, since Simon felt very heavy to control, but... did it grow on me?



Posted on Jan 11th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, top 10


2017 was a great year for gaming, with a number of huge, critically acclaimed releases like Breath of the Wild, Mario Odyssey, and Horizon Zero Dawn... most of which you won't find on my personal list. I played 30 new releases this year and these are the 10 that stood out the most. There's a wide variety of games here from smaller indie titles to AAA shooters, expansive RPGs, and even some hidden gems.



Posted on Oct 11th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, Bomberman, Sega Saturn


Saturn Bomberman is an exclusive on the Sega Saturn and one of the system's more rare games. Developed by Hudson Soft, it's a cute and clever puzzle game with some beautiful pixel art that still looks great by today's standards. It hosts a number of different game modes and can be played with a friend (or 9). Here's my review!



Posted on Sep 11th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, adventure


Today I'm reviewing one of the best point and click adventure games ever - The Secret of Monkey Island. It combines great music and visuals with laugh out loud humour. It also represents a departure from adventure games of its time by being much less punishing towards its players. I'll be mainly talking about the original but I'll also touch on the Special Edition released in 2009 and how it compares.



Posted on Aug 12th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under review, video, LucasArts, run and gun


My review today is of the cult classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors on the SNES. I didn't know until very recently that Lucas Arts, one of my favourite 90s developers who I mostly associated with PC adventure games, made this. But now that I do know, it makes sense. The game has a great sense of humor and is full of puns. Though there are a few mechanical things I find a little awkward, Zombies is a lot of fun to play, especially with a second player. During this review, I also do a quick comparison of the SNES and Genesis versions.



Posted on Jul 11th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, rpg, adventure


 
Quest for Glory is a hybrid adventure-RPG series from Sierra. In the first entry in the series, you find yourself in the Valley of Spielburg. The land has been cursed by an Ogress, the Baron's children are missing, and a band of Brigands terrorize the town. Can you solve all of these problems and become a hero?



Posted on May 12th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, NES, shootem up


Today I'm hitting up the Compile shooters again! Compile has made a lot of great games, and released them for many consoles. This one is M.U.S.H.A. on Sega Genesis.  I go over the mechanics, weapon choices, level design, boss fights and its kick-ass soundtrack! Will this game replace my beloved Gun-Nac as my favorite Compile shooter?

Watch to find out!



Posted on Apr 12th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, PC, adventure


I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is a point and click adventure horror game. It skips the typical jump scares and gore and goes straight for an unsettling look at human suffering...and machines that rise up to kill us all! It's based on the story by Harlan Ellison and he even voices the misanthropic computer, AM, who is responsible for humanity's downfall and the suffering of the game's protagonists. This is a grim game, but one with excellent writing and characterization.

Watch to find out more!



Posted on Dec 10th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under review, video, turbografx


Today I'm looking at one of gaming's lesser known mascots - Bonk! I review the original Bonk's Adventure on the TurboGrafx-16, as well as look at a bit of his history and the history of the console to explain why Bonk never made it big in North America like Mario or Sonic.



Posted on Nov 12th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, rpg


This video was inspired by the recent Playcast conversation about The Legend of Zelda and whether or not it should be classified as an RPG. While I don't think it should, it does have some elements common to RPGs. Here I take a look at the genre's roots in tabletop games and examine how video games let us develop characters in both mechanical and narrative ways. I also compare western and Japanese RPGs in how they tend to favor one type of character development over the other.

Check out the video and let me know how you define an RPG!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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