Facebook's 'StarCraft' AI was defeated by hobbyists

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Facebook's 'StarCraft' AI was defeated by hobbyists

Last weekend, Facebook sent its own artificial intelligence to rumble in a StarCraft tournament that only allows AI participants. This was the social network's first entry in the annual competition held at the AIIDE conference that explores the intersection of AI and entertainment. As Wired reported, Facebook is following in the footsteps of other companies that have used Blizzard's strategy game to showcase their AIs.

Hulu dives into eSports with four ESL-made shows

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Hulu dives into eSports with four ESL-made shows

A handful of TV networks have started to incorporate more eSports content into their lineups and now eSports have made their way to streaming video on demand as Hulu and ESL have teamed up to create four new eSports series. "Esports appeals to a younger, more digitally savvy audience so Hulu is a perfect platform to build out our original content and expose the world of esports to new audiences," ESL Senior VP of Global Media Rights and Distribution Nik Adams said in a statement.

Nintendo’s mini SNES quickly cracked to run more games

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Nintendo’s mini SNES quickly cracked to run more games

It appears that Nintendo really doesn't mind modders cracking open its little retro consoles and using them for more than they were originally intended. Back when the NES Classic Edition was released, it took Russian tinkerer "Cluster" just a few months to figure out how to side-load additional games onto the system. Nintendo doesn't seem to have made the process any more difficult on new mini SNES, as little more than a week after its release, Cluster has updated his hakchi2 tool to support side-loading extra games onto the latest pint-sized console.

Ask Engadget: How does one start playing 'Overwatch' as an adult?

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Ask Engadget: How does one start playing 'Overwatch' as an adult?

We truly value the time and detail you all spend in responding to questions from your fellow tech-obsessed commenters, which is why we've decided to bring back the much missed Ask Engadget column. We're kicking things off with a question from an adult looking to dip their toes into a game intended for a younger age audience. Weigh in with your advice in the comments -- and feel free to send your own questions along to ask@engadget.com!

‘Eve Online’ is going mobile next year with ‘Project Aurora’

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‘Eve Online’ is going mobile next year with ‘Project Aurora’

Popular space MMO Eve Online has been doing pretty well lately, bringing a massive map, galactic trade economies and the vastness of space to players over its 14-year history. It's made several moves to keep folks interested in its PC-based game title, too. Developer CCP Games, has made Eve Online free to download and play while also allowing players to participate in finding exoplanets in real life. Now the team is partnering with mobile game developer PlayRaven to bring Eve Online-style multiplayer action to mobile devices. Dubbed "Project Aurora," the upcoming title for iOS and Android is set to launch later in 2018.

Transforming vehicles and aerial dogfights are coming to 'GTA Online'

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Transforming vehicles and aerial dogfights are coming to 'GTA Online'

GTA Online manages to do more than hang on to its playerbase, despite its source game Grand Theft Auto V coming out four years ago. The continual flow of bonus content every other month net studio Rockstar Games over $400 million in Q2 2017. GTA Online has more in store for the next DLC set to release later this month includes races with transforming vehicles, a marked-for-death mode and aerial dogfights.

There’s a tiny Master Chief etched inside the Xbox One X

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There’s a tiny Master Chief etched inside the Xbox One X

The Xbox One X, Microsoft's mid-generation answer to the PlayStation 4 Pro, is launching next month. The $500 system is a more powerful version of the Xbox One that will "enhance" games up to 4K and 60 frames per second. Other than its beefier specs, we haven't learned much about the new console, but YouTuber unocero got one early and popped it open and found a couple surprises -- namely, a depiction of Halo's Master Chief riding a scorpion that's etched into the system's circuit board.