Category: Gaming

Sony patents AI soundtrack generator that adapts game music to your emotions


Sony has filed a patent for a soundtrack generator that matches music to a gamer’s emotions, sparking speculation that the tech could find its way into the PlayStation 5. The patent, which was first spotted by Gaming Intel, describes an AI-powered system that adapts background music to game scenarios and a player’s activity. The feature maps emotions such as tension, joy, and fear to musical components including rhythm, melodic structure, and harmonic density, based on published reviews and social media opinions. This data will train algorithms to play sounds that trigger the desired feelings. According to the patent, composers would first create musical motifs for characters, activities, areas, and…

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This GTA V mod lets you ride your own bike around Los Santos


With lockdown measures enforced around the globe, exercising indoors has had a bit of a boom — particularly indoor cycling. Online video game-like training platforms like Zwift have brought new realms of realism to the activity, but this ingenious GTA V mod has taken it to a whole other level. In short, the GTBikeV mod lets you ride your real bike around GTA V’s massive virtual world, Los Santos, almost as if you were actually there. The mod allows you to connect your bike and smart trainer to the game, so as you pedal your indoor exercise bike, your in-game…

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Final Fantasy XIV Online with 30 days of play time is free through 26 May: Here’s how to get it


Square Enix today announced that the Final Fantasy XIV Online: Starter Edition, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game set in the Final Fantasy universe, is free to download on Playstation 4 from now until 26 May, after which you can keep it forever. If you have a Playstation 4 and an account already, all you need to do is head to the Playstation store, either here or on your console, and navigate to the game’s page. You’ll notice the Starter Edition is free, but this isn’t a crippled or lite version. It comes with the full A Realm Reborn quest line and dozens of hours…

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A history of sex in video games: When has it crossed the line?


The year is 2012. Square Enix reveals a gameplay trailer of its upcoming action-adventure title, Tomb Raider, at E3. At a pivotal moment, gaming legend Lara Croft has been discovered in a hiding place during a dramatic escape from an enemy encampment. A grizzled, armed man grabs her by the shoulder, then proceeds to run his hands down the sides of her body. The camera pauses as he’s doing so to allow the viewer to process what they’re seeing: one of gaming’s strongest and most fearless protagonists — who has never before even shared a kiss in-game — is about…

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Nvidia teaches AI to create new version of Pac-Man just by watching gameplay


Forty years after Pac-Man had his first taste of ghosts, an AI has given the ravenous puck a new maze to chew his way through — without studying the game code. That means it recreated the game without first being taught the rules. Instead, the AI mimics a computer game engine to create a new version of the arcade classic. Researchers at GPU giant Nvidia recreated the game by feeding a model they call GameGAN 50,000 Pac–Man episodes. After digesting the sample, it spat out a fully-functioning new version of the game. The system uses generative adversarial networks (GANs), which Facebook Chief AI…

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You can nab a free copy of the original Witcher from GOG


As always, GOG is giving away a free game — and its the first game in the Witcher series, the classic RPG. It’s meant to entice people to play the tie-in card game GWENT, though you don’t have to in order to get the free game. There is a catch, though: you must own GWENT on PC already in order to be eligible. That’s not a huge hardship, as the game is free on GOG, but it is a little annoying if you have no intention of playing the card game and only want the RPG. You’ll have to sign up for GOG‘s newsletter, but…

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Civilization VI is available for free on PC until May 28 — here’s how to get it


The most popular 4X strategy game on the planet, Civilization VI, is getting a 100% discount on the Epic Games store now through 28 May. If you’ve been holding out for a sale on the empire-builder that perfected the “just one more turn” genre of video games, you can’t do better than free. I’m going to drop all pretense of unbiased reporting here because Civilization VI is one of my favorite games of all time. I developed a two-year case of gamer claw (when your hand cramps into a computer mouse-shaped claw) when the original entry into Sid Meier’s 4X…

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EA to release source code for Command and Conquer’s Tiberian Dawn and Red Alert


Modders rejoice! EA today made the surprise announcement that the .dll files and corresponding source code for RTS classics Command and Conquer Red Alert and Command and Conquer Tiberian Dawn would be released into open source. Interestingly, the announcement came via a Reddit post related to the upcoming Command and Conquer remaster collection: Today we are proud to announce that alongside the launch of the Remastered Collection, Electronic Arts will be releasing the TiberianDawn.dll and RedAlert.dll and their corresponding source code under the GPL version 3.0 license. This came as a surprise to most, as we were only expecting news on whether the remaster…

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Peep this collection of video game big boxes and revel in nostalgia


Video games used to come in boxes. And no, I don’t mean plastic cases — I mean actual pieces of cardboard with the game and some extras inside. If you want to see what classic games looked like fresh in box, someone’s put together a little museum of gaming’s big boxes that you can peruse, and it’s glorious. The website — called Big Box Collection — is actually quite well done. The little spinning game box in lieu of a loading circle is quite a nice touch. The collection boasts over 600 titles, from the C64 to modern PCs —…

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Ubisoft makes Assassin’s Creed’s educational ‘Discovery Tours’ free


Ubisoft today announced it’s giving away two games to help get us through the pandemic. More specifically, it’s giving away the Discovery Tours, two educational offshoots of its Assassin’s Creed series that depict Ancient Greece or Ancient Egypt. If you’ve got kids to educate — or heck, if you want to educate yourself — they’re one of the more appealing products Ubisoft has made. Take a historic journey from home with Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece & Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt FREE to download and keep 🏛🚶‍♀️ #PlayApartTogether 👉 https://t.co/UVftq2CaBr — Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) May 14, 2020 The Discovery Tours were originally part of…

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