Move Over Super Mario Maker, This AI Creates Levels Just By Watching YouTube

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With Mario Maker coming this fall, fans of gaming’s most popular mascot will finally get to try their hands at creating compelling stages. The machine revolution is upon us, and Skynet (or a relative thereof) has beaten us there.

Researchers at Georgia Tech have created an artificial intelligence that can create playable Super Mario Bros. levels. How it gathers information to do that is what’s truly impressive, though. 

Team members explain that the AI uses YouTube footage to study the original level design. The program has learned how to create stages that comply with the rules of the game, including gaps that aren’t too wide for Mario to jump, pipes and treetops placed in proper locations and heights, and properly spaced elements like coins and Goombas.

Two New Splatoon Weapons Unlock Tonight

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Your Splatoon arsenal is expanding again. Nintendo has announced that two more weapons will be unlocked in the coming hours.

While the news comes by way of Nintendo of Europe, given Splatoon’s worldwide nature, we anticipate these will be available in North America. The normal time for unlocks is 7 p.m. Pacific / 10 p.m. Eastern, so check in after that for two new pieces of gear.

Next up are the Carbon Roller and Custom Dual Squelcher. These are entirely free, and shouldn’t even require an update. For more on Splatoon, check out our review.

Iron Galaxy Getting Help From Rocksteady To Fix Batman: Arkham Knight On PC

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It’s been a rough week for WB Games, Batman: Arkham Knight developer Rocksteady, and PC fans hoping to play the series’ conclusion. The game continues to suffer from crippling problems that limit frame rate and visual fidelity.

Yesterday afternoon, game director and Rocksteady co-founder Sefton Hill offered a small update. Earlier in the week, Rocksteady revealed that WB Games outsourced the PC port. According to Hill, that developer is Chicago-based Iron Galaxy, the studio behind Killer Instinct Season Two, Borderlands 2 on Vita, and Divekick.

“I'm aware that some users are reporting performance issues with the PC version. This is something that Rocksteady takes very seriously,” Hill wrote on Twitter. “WB Games is working with the PC developer Iron Galaxy to address the issues ASAP. Rocksteady will provide any support to get this resolved. Totally supported decision to suspend PC version. We have our best engineers at Rocksteady working like crazy to help fix the issues ASAP.”

The World Ends With You Finally Returns To iOS

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It’s been four months since Square Enix removed The World Ends With You: Solo Remix from the iOS App Store. The game was pulled after numerous reports that it didn’t work on devices running the latest operating system, iOS 8.

Given that the title carries a typical Square Enix premium price ($18 on iPhone, $20 on iPad), fans were understandably frustrated. For those eagerly waiting its return, we have good news.

The title has been repaired and can now be redownloaded without problems (or purchased anew) from the App Store. The pricing remains the same. 

Reader Discussion: What Games Do You Plan To Work Through This Summer?

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Now that Batman: Arkham Knight is out, it looks like it might be a slow couple of months for gaming. Fortunately, we've had a pretty strong early part of the year, so what's on your summer "reading" list?

With Super Mario Maker, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, and Mighty No. 9, this September looks like a pretty solid month, but that’s an entire season away. How are you going to pass the time until then? Personally, after I finish up Batman: Arkham Knight, I plan on going back to The Witcher 3 and 100 percent that title. If I still have time after that, I might go back in time and play through something like Paper Mario. What about you? Are you still working through Bloodborne or Dying Light from earlier in the year, or do you plan on going back to yesteryear and catching up on something else you missed?

Can't Play Batman On PC? Just Dress Like Him

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If you're a Batman fan, you're probably busy playing through Batman: Arkham Knight right now, but there's at least one Batman fan out there who's literally wearing his love for the Dark Knight on his sleeve. Check out this amazing recreation of Batman's armor from Batman: Arkham Origins.

If we didn't know that this was a cosplay outfit from Julian Chekley and creature and effects company Order 66 then we might have thought that it was Bruce Wayne under that mask. Check out some more images below.

[Source: TheAwesomer]

Trion Worlds Teases New Project

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Trion Worlds Teases New Project

Trion Worlds, the studio behind the MMO Rift and the shooter Defiance, tweeted a link to mysterious web page today. We haven't heard much about its upcoming projects, so this could be our first taste of a new game from the developer.

It lies in wait, the devil inside us all.

The page doesn't reveal much beyond the image above, except the addition of the words: "In the shadows' dying light, let the devils guide our fight." The menacing figure and strange language sure have us curious about what to expect. For now, we'll just have to wait until Trion Worlds is ready to reveal more.

What’s 18-Inches Tall, Bright Green, And Wants To Stomp Optimus Prime?

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Last week, we were able to bring you hands-on impressions of the upcoming Generation 1-inspired Transformers: Devastation. If that’s something that made you smile as much as it made me grin, you might want to keep reading.

The current Transformers toy line is called “Combiner Wars.” Unlike the gestalts of years gone by, any of the compatible Deluxe size toys can be configured as an arm or a leg for the larger, Voyager figures.

Currently, you can get the Aerialbots to form Superion, the Protectobots to from Defensor, and the Stunticons to create Menasor. Bruticus, who was featured in Transformers: War for Cybertron, will be coming down the line, too.

Curse Voice Expands To Mac And Mobile With Free Voice Chat

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Curse joins TeamSpeak and Mumble today with Mac and mobile solutions for game chat. The company announced that it has released beta clients of its Curse Voice voice over IP (VOIP) solution for Mac, iOS, and Android.

Curse claims that it is more secure than solutions like Skype, because of encoding that protects user IP addresses and identity. The Mac and iOS applications support voice chat and offline messaging. The Android solution is, right now, text based with voice coming soon.

The program is integrated with a number of games, including Minecraft, Smite, and League of Legends, via a screen overlay similar to what Steam offers. The application and services are free, with clients available from Curse’s website.

Bombshell Trailer Shows Off Gameplay

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3D Realms' Bombshell has a new trailer showing off some actual gameplay!

Bombshell will be playable at QuakeCon this year, and will be launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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