Game

  • A team has created an AI system that, for the first time, has defeated several poker professionals in six-player Texas hold 'em. Unlike earlier iterations of the system, the researchers will not publicly release this algorithm’s code, for fear it could decimate the online poker world.
  • DNA is the building material of life, but recent work shows it can also be used to make art or even store data. Now, a team at Caltech has used DNA to make the world’s smallest game of tic-tac-toe, and the technique could have applications in designing reconfigurable nanomachines.
  • This Halloween scientists at MIT’s Media Lab are embarking on a massive social experiment. Called BeeMe, the project will let internet users control a real human actor. New Atlas reached out to Niccolo Pescetelli, one of the creators behind the experiment to find out exactly what is about to happen.
  • After a year of development, design firm Moment Factory has successfully realized GRiD, a large-scale, real-life version of Pong. The game uses LiDAR to track player movements, letting teams of two act as paddles on a giant projected game board.
  • ​Nintendo's best hardware has rarely been about pushing technological boundaries; instead the secret usually lies in putting existing pieces together in a unique, fun and family-friendly way. While the Switch is indeed unique, the writing was already on the wall.
  • It's clear that the new Nintendo Switch​​ is a big step forward from the disappointing Wii U. But if you're a Wii U owner who's thinking about an upgrade for you or the kiddos, maybe you're wondering what exactly the differences are.
  • ​Retro gaming has been making a comeback of sorts, led by the popularity of the hard-to-find NES Classic​. Innex and Retro-Bit, companies devoted to this niche long before it went mainstream, hope to capitalize on the surge in popularity with the Super Retro Boy.
  • VR
    We recently got an extended look at three titles for Oculus Touch, the Rift's upcoming tracked controllers.
  • We've seen machines playing ping pong before, but artist Mark Wheeler has got ping pong playing machines. He's harnessed the game's metronomic regularity, or lack thereof, and created a sound system with a tempo that's set by the back and forth of a rally.
  • Father.IO is the latest real-life take on laser tag uses augmented reality, a small infrared peripheral, and your smartphone's Internet capabilities to put you at war with people both in your area and around the world.
  • Gizmag recently spent a week with the awkwardly-named New Nintendo 3DS XL to see if its promise of super-stable 3D, a bit more grunt under to the hood, and a new button setup can keep the 3DS valid in the age of smartphone and tablet portable gaming.
  • Imagine laser tag with a million players all on the one battlefield. The creators of iTager claim that their system makes it possible. The fully-wireless iTager system works over 2,500 ft (760 m) and can be mounted onto existing laser tag weapons, your hand, or even a bicycle.