Final Fantasy 7’s CG backgrounds only exist at a low resolution befitting the PS1 era – but fans using AI are hoping to change that. A few months ago we had an article here on VG247 talking about why the problem with porting Final Fantasy 8 to other platforms is with preservation. To cut a long story short, the issue is largely that in the nineties few video game developers were meticulous about holding on to ‘master’ copies of their work. In many cases development tools were deleted and overwritten once a game was completed, the tools then reused for the studio’s next project. That means that when the time comes to up-res or otherwise improve classic games, in some cases it’s a daunting, difficult task. Such was the case for Final Fantasy 7. There was a full year between the announcement of a version of the original FF7 for PS4 and that version’s release despite it being a straight port job – but that was likely for good reason. It … [Read more...] about Fans are using machine learning to deliver the Final Fantasy 7 HD Remaster the game deserves
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Inside a warehouse on Chicago’s North Side, within the thin strip of industrial property between Bucktown and Lincoln Park, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pandering to a small group of powerful evangelicals. Just a few feet away, near a bowl brimming with 20-sided dice, Vice President Mike Pence is honing his next batch of TV and radio ads. Meanwhile, within a dimly lit shipping container, Russian oligarchs are desperately trying to funnel money to Sen. Kamala Harris through Black Lives Matter. No, it’s not the fever dream of some political wonk stranded here along the nation’s third coast. It’s a 40-person live-action role-play of the 2020 presidential election. Formally, it’s called a “scenario planning game.” In motion, it’s a vehicle for some of the most engaging political theater that I’ve ever seen. This is Machine Learning President, and how it landed here in the Midwest for an early play test in mid-October, on the eve of the 2018 … [Read more...] about Machine Learning President, or how to role-play the 2020 election
ARTIFICIAL Intelligence is an inevitable part of our future, but that doesn't stop some of the world's leading experts worrying about the potential risks of the technology. Here's what you need to know about the AI, and why it can be controversial... What is Artificial Intelligence? AI is an area of computer science focused on creating intelligent machines - which think and work like humans. These machines could be programmed to recognise speech, learn, plan, problem solve, and move objects around. Scientists have been training computers to learn like humans since the 1970s, and many of us are already using AI in our everyday lives. Voice assistants like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa are one example of AI. Self-driving cars are another. While Microsoft has unveiled plans to install AI into ALL its products - allowing computers to recognise what they 'see', and understand human speech. According to an independent government report, published on October 15, AI could add £630bn to … [Read more...] about What is Artificial intelligence, what are Google’s AI experiments and what’s Elon Musk said about machine learning?
Online and mobile game studio Kixeye has secured $20 million in funding to hone its approach to marketing, monetization, and retention using machine learning. Founded in 2009, the San Francisco-based outfit has developed for a variety of platforms -- including Facebook and mobile -- with titles like Backyard Monsters, Battle Pirates, War Commander, and VEGA Conflict. The studio is currently utilizing an in-house machine learning platform to "enhance the player experience and boost revenue," and has recently developed a machine-learning powered dynamic marketplace that adapts to a person's playstyle and in-game progress. The technology also helps Kixeye optimize its portfolio by analyzing how people play and identifying key stumbling blocks, allowing the dev team to quickly address any common gameplay issues. According to the studio, that approach resulted in its latest mobile title, War Commander: Rogue Assault, retaining and monetizing … [Read more...] about Kixeye raises $20M to blend machine learning and game marketing
Amid all the hustle and bustle of the 2018 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this month, make sure you don't overlook one of the most intriguing tech topics being discussed at the show: how top devs are applying machine learning techniques to make better games. For example, Naughty Dog technical art director Andrew Maximov is hosting a multi-day roundtable dedicated entirely to the art and business of machine learning in game dev. Come by to engage with (or listen in on) the lively discussion about how deep learning based artificial intelligence is going to affect video game production in the years to come. A wide swathe of topics wll be covered, including the use of neural networks in game content generation, their value at runtime, and how you can integrate this technology into your creative process. Also, Ubisoft Montreal animation researcher Daniel Holden will be delivering a presentation on "Character Control with Neural Networks and Machine … [Read more...] about Don’t miss all the cool machine learning talks at GDC this year!