Britain's Sensible Objects is launching an interesting online/offline take on the social tabletop game. The idea is to stack oddly-shaped animals and objects up in a teetering tower, while a tablet app visualises them in the virtual world, letting them interact and cross-breed with one another to produce ever more "fabulous beasts" until it all comes crashing down.
Old-school gamers will fondly remember the effort it took them to master a new Super Mario level, but thanks to a new development in artificial intelligence the pixelated Italian plumber and his friends are now teaming up to do the job themselves. Researchers from the University of Tübingen in Germany have developed an algorithm that allows videogame characters to learn from each other in human-like ways through observation and imitation, letting agents collaborate to reach a common goal. Future applications could include intelligent social support systems and swarms of modular robots that learn to perform complex actions on little human instruction.
If you were a child of the 80s, then perhaps you once lusted after the ColecoVision home video game system. Well, instead of searching eBay for ratty old units, you'll soon be able to buy your own new Coleco setup. Named Chameleon, the platform will play reproductions of games from days gone by, along with new titles that look like they're from days gone by.
We don't review many mobile game controller accessories, but Gamevice's iOS gamepads are doing what we wished all mobile controllers had been doing for years: latching onto the sides to transform your iDevice into something along the lines of a PS Vita. Read on for our review of Gamevice for iPhone.
The much-anticipated video game Fallout 4 was released earlier this week, and German cyber-weapons builder Patrick Priebe hasn't missed a beat. He's already created an AER 9 pulse laser rifle, based on the gun from the game. It's not just a prop, either – he tells us that it "will blast the paint off your car, and tiny holes into metal."
Scientists at MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) have leveraged videogame technology to generate broadcast quality 3D video of soccer (aka football in much of the world) matches from a 2D source in real time. The resulting video can reportedly be enjoyed with any 3D TV or virtual reality headset, and could lead to much more 3D content becoming available in the near future.
Having revealed its Vision Gran Turismo in digital form a couple of weeks ago, Bugatti has rolled out the real thing at the Frankfurt Motor Show. While the show car on display at IFA won't be going anywhere under its own steam, the carbon-fiber racer does serve as a design language stepping stone between the Veyron and Bugatti's next super sports car offering.
Bugatti has been teasing its Vision Gran Turismo video game car for several days now, inspiring some hope that the automaker would finally break from its decade-old Veyron styling and show something fresh. Sadly, its Vision Gran Turismo is less new design and more made-over Veyron. Still, when you start off with the level of performance the Veyron brings, you don't need to go too crazy to compete with 2,600-hp SRTs and laser-projected Chevys.
There’s a unique appeal to playing Battleship, with its two-sided vertical board hiding the face-to-face players’ fleets from one another. Now, Swedish retro tech designer Love Hultén has taken that same layout, and applied it to a new two-player gaming system. It’s time to check out the Battlecade.
Its competitors might not be faced with the exhausting mountain climbs of the Tour de France or the rigors of Major League Baseball, but that doesn't mean professional video gaming is free from the grip of doping in sports. The world's largest esports organization ESL, which hosts a US$250,000 Counter-Strike tournament in Germany next month, is partnering with anti-doping authorities to clamp down on gamers resorting to performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) to gain an edge.