Artificial Intelligence in Games News – Week 10
The Samsung S8 featuring impressive artificial intelligence being launched.
Welcome to the weekly roundup, where we draw your attention to everything newsworthy in artificial intelligence in games! If you’ve found or shared something that you think belongs here, contact us on Twitter! Last week, we covered the game that lets you play as everything and also the AI choreographer? You can find that here.
Samsung have announced their own virtual assistant that they are calling Bixby. Virtual assistants are nothing new among the tech giants, Apple have Siri, Amazon uses Alexa, there is the Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Halo-inspired Cortana. Since their introduction, virtual assistants have seemed more gimmicky than practical, but Bixby appears to offer a range of features that could propel the tech forward. As well as all of the usual features, calendar booking, reminders, information retrieval, Bixby can also perform tasks such as analyse the world through your camera and provide you with information about objects in the real world.
April Fools Roundup
When April Fools day comes around, tech companies usually go all in on it and this year was no different. Our winners crown is firmly planted on Nvidia’s head this year, after their convincing super AI prank. The company produced a video showing AI that could take over for players that needed a snack / toilet break. The best part of the gag is the production value of the video, I can easily see it fooling those not familiar with the current state of AI. Any company who repeats an April Fools prank receives the wooden spoon award, and technically that should go to Google for Ms. Pacman maps. But seeing as they performed 9 other gags, they can be let off this time.
The Nvidia April Fools Joke video
Being born and raised in the United Kingdom, I don’t really understand how Baseball works. So when AI starts doing really cool things in video game versions of the game, I can’t really appreciate the technical achievement. However Polygon have posted an article demonstrating the AI successfully performing an audacious move in Baseball involving taking (is this the correct word?) two opposition players out of the game. Even if you’re not a fan, it’s still spectacular to watch.
Mass Effect Shut Up Sam!
Mass Effect Andromeda has been receiving criticism particularly on Reddit for it’s annoying chatty AI SAM. Us veteran gamers may remember Zelda’s Navi catchphrase “Hey listen”, surprisingly Mass Effects SAM appears to have also reached that level of infuriating. SAM particularly loves to warn players about dangerous radioactivity levels and temperatures -which although you may feel is useful, SAM tells you each time you enter or leave sunlight. Every time. Conversely, many have said it isn’t actually that bad. If you have played the new Mass Effect we’d love to hear your opinion on the matter.
Technically this is news from decades ago but nonetheless it is an interesting article looking at how sometimes Pacman can walk through the AI ghosts. Apparently it’s all to do with the grid based layout of the level and the graphics system. For those fascinated with the tech that goes behind making games on older systems, this is the perfect article for you.
Screenshot showing the Pacman glitch.