Hasbro launches a subscription service for games

Hasbro launches a subscription service for games

 Toy company Hasbro is belatedly entering the subscription service market with today’s launch of Hasbro Gaming Crate – a service that ships a themed box containing three board games to users every three months. The service, which costs $49.99 per crate, offers two options – one designed for adults in search of new party games, and another with games better suited for families.… Read More Read full story

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The Lost Arcade: documentary about Manhattan’s last arcade

The Lost Arcade: documentary about Manhattan’s last arcade

The Lost Arcade, a documentary about the encroachment of gentrficiation upon the last real video arcade in Manhattan, is now available to watch online. Directed by Kurt P. Vincent, the story is as much about the Chinatown Fair’s community as the games, celebrating the final years of a pop culture phenomenon that moved into our homes so slowly we never realized what we were losing. “I wanted to create a film that would capture the spirit that hit me the first time I walked through those doors,” writes Vincent. “There…

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An AI just beat ‘Ms. Pac-Man.’ We’re doomed.

An AI just beat ‘Ms. Pac-Man.’ We’re doomed.

Ms. Pac-Man was supposed to be the more difficult arcade game. But now it’s been laid low — like chess, Go, and poker before it — by artificial intelligence. Researchers with deep learning company Maluuba, which Microsoft acquired earlier this year, decided to tackle the deceptively simple arcade game after developing an unusual AI algorithm that uses a team of intelligent agents overseen by a manager agent to play Ms. Pac-Man. Those agents broke the game down into tasks and sub-tasks and were rewarded (or reinforced) for pursuing those tasks….

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A bunch of cool indie games are coming to the super-powerful Xbox One X

A bunch of cool indie games are coming to the super-powerful Xbox One X

Microsoft’s new piece of hardware may have been the highlight of their briefing this afternoon in Los Angeles for E3, but there were plenty of games to back up what would otherwise just be a cold slab of metal. Especially indie games.  The Darwin Project A battle royale-style, multiplayer survival game set in a snowy landscape. Black Desert An action-heavy, fantasy-set MMO. The Last Night A two-dimensional, cyberpunk open-world game with four districts in four distinct styles to explore. Half action, half stealth platformer.  The Artful Escape This one is…

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