Learning by playing: AI can dominate most human competitors in Freeciv

Google's AI may have mastered Go, but Arago's HIRO algorithm is working on Freeciv, a game the company claims is far more complicated. HIRO is already proving its capabilities and is able to beat 80 percent of human opponents.

Can’t find an NES Classic Edition? RetroEngine Sigma offers an alternative

Design company Doyodo Team has launched a crowdfunding campaign for RetroEngine Sigma, a plug-and-play "mini console" and media player capable of emulating thousands of classic video games.

Nintendo issues 3DS exploit bounty for enterprising hackers

Nintendo has reached out to the hacking community with cash rewards for users who report vulnerabilities in Nintendo 3DS system security, revealing that it now plans to address software exploits before they become public knowledge.

Logitech sponsors new ‘Forza Horizon 3’ car pack with 1965 Pontiac GTO, Bentley concept

The latest new car pack for Forza Horizon 3 comes by way of the Logitech G Car Pack, which adds seven new vehicles for the award-winning racing game, ranging from the 2015 Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept to the iconic 1965 Pontiac GTO.

AMD’s unannounced Radeon RX 490 may have shown up in a benchmark

The unannounced Radeon RX 490 may have appeared in a recent benchmark. It isn't specifically named, but the Device ID is similar to other AMD GPUs. The benchmark stems from Ashes of the Singularity with an average frame rate of 85 FPS.
Virtual Reality

Khronos Group announces VR Standards Initiative

The Khronos Group has announced details of a far-reaching new project that aims to set an open standard to help developers working with virtual reality straddle different hardware set-ups.

Fans suspect huge ‘The Last of Us: Part II’ twist revealed in trailer

The Last of Us: Part II was revealed this weekend at PSX, and some fans believe the game has already given away a big narrative twist involving the protagonist from the previous game.

Starbucks promotion may offer 'Pokémon Go' players a new monster

Pokémon Go players may be able to earn a brand new Pokémon at Starbucks locations around the country later this week, if leaked documents supposedly distributed to staff members are to be believed.

Free ‘Hitman’ Christmas mission lets you give the worst present of all

Hitman, which launched in spring 2016 to a very positive reception, will give all players a free Christmas mission this holiday season. The mission sees Agent 47 return to the Paris fashion show.
Game Review

‘Dead Rising 4’ Review

‘Dead Rising 4’ is a dead video game walking.

Nintendo Switch accessories appear on Australian website but are taken down

EB Games in Australia previously listed accessories for Nintendo's upcoming Switch console. Two have already disappeared, including a 10-foot-long USB Type-C cable for power, but the page for black Nintendo Switch Pro Controller remains.

Latest Nvidia GeForce drivers optimized for the best Oculus Touch experience

Nvidia has launched their latest GeForce drivers, version 376.19, with improvements not only for some important games as usual but with enhancements for virtual reality systems as well. In particular, the Oculus Touch has been optimized.