A.I.-Powered Dota 2 Team Beats World Champions, Now Taking On Challengers

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A.I.-Powered Dota 2 Team Beats World Champions, Now Taking On Challengers

The reigning champions of Dota 2, European team OG, today lost a best-of-three exhibition match against a team of five A.I.-controlled opponents.

The match (which starts around the 45-minute mark in this archive) was a stomp by the comps (for once!), with the set going 2-0 in the A.I.'s favor. The team is powered by tech firm OpenAI, which is researching the technology for multiple purposes, including robotics learning.

The first match was a back-and-forth for most of its duration, while the second was a blowout. The exhibition then featured a co-op match featuring two teams with a mix of human and computer players.

Reader Discussion – Have You Ever Paid To Unlock Content You Could Otherwise Earn?

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Reader Discussion – Have You Ever Paid To Unlock Content You Could Otherwise Earn?

With the recent news of Capcom offering players the chance to simply unlock everything in Resident Evil 2 by paying $5 instead of playing through the game multiple times, it raises the question: How many among us have paid to unlock something we'd otherwise be able to earn ourselves?

I've technically done it. The Street Fighter V character passes have you pay for characters you can otherwise "earn" through fight money get from playing the game itself, and I've paid for those. That approach is more like a free-to-play scheme, where you grind for currency and are then tempted to skip that grind by paying real money. Resident Evil 2's unlock DLC feels different in that you're not skipping a currency grind, but you are paying for the option to skip playing the game multiple times (something you should do with Resident Evil 2, specifically) but it's more or less the same thing, right?

Have you ever done it? Have you paid for that Resident Evil 2 DLC? Or paid to play as a character in League of Legends? Can you think of other games that do something like this (bonus points if they're not free-to-play games)? Let us know in the comments.

Nintendo Used Some Pretty Cool Tricks To Get Mario Kart 64 To Run On The Nintendo 64

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Nintendo Used Some Pretty Cool Tricks To Get Mario Kart 64 To Run On The Nintendo 64

Mario Kart 64 is still one of the Nintendo 64's best games (if you disagree, fight me!). Its set of iconic racing tracks (some of which show up in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe), catchy soundtrack, and strong sense of speed for a mid-'90s racer made it one of the console's standout titles, and many people remember it fondly today. But if you were wondering how Nintendo gave its character models their fidelity while making sure everything else ran smoothly, you can now learn how.

Youtube channel A+Start's latest video breaks down how it all works. Essentially, the technique has Nintendo building 3D models of the character, then "running" them through a flat model, which is what you control on the track. As you're racing, all you see is a single, flat sprite, but those sprites are taken from a 3D model in real-time, giving the effect of your character being 3D as you play. If that's hard to visualize, the full video explains the concept in more depth, and uses visuals, to boot!

Oculus Co-Founder Regrets Accidental 'Easter Egg' Messages Inside Touch Controllers

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Oculus Co-Founder Regrets Accidental 'Easter Egg' Messages Inside Touch Controllers

Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell has taken to Twitter to state that, "unfortunately," hidden messages not meant for consumers found their way into the guts of Oculus Touch controllers.

As Mitchell states, the messages, which read "This Space For Rent," and "The Masons Were Here," (likely a reference to the Freemasons) on final production hardware, and "Big Brother is Watching You" and "Hi iFixit! We See You!" (a reference to online repair manual website iFixit) on some of the development kits sent out to developers, were not intentional. The messages can be found by opening up the controllers and checking the wiring.

"While I appreciate the easter [sic] eggs, these were inappropriate and should have been removed," Mitchell stated. "The integrity and functionality of the hardware were not compromised, and we've fixed our process so this won't happen again."

Watch The First Trailer For Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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Watch The First Trailer For Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

During a panel for this year's Star Wars Celebration, EA and Respawn unveiled the first trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

The trailer is story-based, not showing actual gameplay but, according to director Stig Asmussen, using in-game assets. The trailer follows protagonist Cal, and we see a few shots of him traveling throughout the galaxy and fighting The Empire as a one of the few Jedi remaining after Order 66. He abides by three rules for survival: Don't stand out, accept the past, and trust only in the force.

Hideo Kojima And Norman Reedus To Discuss Death Stranding At Tribeca Film Festival

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Hideo Kojima And Norman Reedus To Discuss Death Stranding At Tribeca Film Festival

Last we heard of Kojima Productions' much-anticipated and very mysterious game Death Stranding it was behind schedule, which is not a good sign. It looks like creator Hideo Kojima is ready to give us another update in just a couple of weeks, though it may not be a major one.

Kojima and actor Norman Reedus (who stars in the game), along with The Game Awards' Geoff Keighley, are set to discuss the game for an hour at a panel at the Tribeca Film Festical on Thursday, April 25. The panel description says that "together, they [Kojima and Reedus] will discuss pushing the boundaries of the video game medium and talk about how their relationship has established over working on the title together."

The panel doesn't say any new gameplay or concepts will be revealed, and it's likely to be more of a "behind-the-scenes" discussion rather than a deluge of new info. Still, it's possible some new details might spill out of the panel, so if you're just dying to see what Death Stranding really is (something even several trailers haven't made completely clear), it might be worth marking April 25 on your calendar.

Assassin's Creed Creator Says Amsterdam 1666 Is Still Happening

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Assassin's Creed Creator Says Amsterdam 1666 Is Still Happening

Although Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets and his studio Panache are currently working on Ancestors (you can find our impressions of a recent build of that game here), the studio originally wanted to work on Amsterdam 1666, a game set in that location and year that was something of a mix between Assassin's Creed's historical intrigue and Ancestors' animal-manipulating hook. While that project has since been officially canceled, Désilets hasn't given up on it completely.

Speaking with VG247, Désilets said Amsterdam 1666 is still happening. "For sure, Amsterdam 1666 is gonna happen," he told them. He also mentioned that Ancestors, which also has players controlling different animals, could work as a proof-of-concept of sorts to further refine many of the concepts shown in an off-screen gameplay video of Amsterdam 1666 shown a few years ago.

The game was the subject of a protracted legal battle between Désilets and Ubisoft, after the two parties had a dispute over the project's development and Ubisoft decided to cancel development and terminate Désilets. 

What To Watch This Weekend: League Of Legends, Apex Legends, And Tekken 7

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What To Watch This Weekend: League Of Legends, Apex Legends, And Tekken 7

We've got a cavalcade of competition this weekend! Shootin' and fightin' reign supreme as League has its biggest NA match of the season.

The League of Legends North American LCS comes to a head this weekend as Team SoloMid takes on Team Liquid to determine the champion of the League league. Should be exciting! (Stream / Schedule)

Meanwhile, the Overwatch League continues, with eight more matches happening across today and tomorrow. (Stream / Schedule)

Rumor: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order To Release On November 15

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Rumor: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order To Release On November 15

Respawn Entertainment can't catch a break with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Two days ago, Amazon accidentally posted concept art from the game on its site, and now it appears a pin that will be given away at today's panel, has a November 15 release date printed on its back.

The image is making the rounds on Twitter, landing on various accounts like @Nibellion. You can see the image below, which would be an odd thing to doctor up, but we've seen people fabricate strange things, so take it with a grain of salt:

Looks like Jedi Fallen Order will be available on November 15 pic.twitter.com/hyUGUfWexL

Take A Tour Of Star Wars Celebration

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Take A Tour Of Star Wars Celebration

Day Two: The talk of the show was Star Wars: Episode IX (now known as The Rise of Skywalker). Even before the Episode IX panel kicked off at 11 a.m., fans were gossiping about what they might see in the footage. Once the trailer was shown, the discussion transitioned to speculation. Who is the Skywalker mentioned in the title? Is the Emperor really back? It was awesome to be a part of some of these talks, and just being around the enthusiasm from fans was electric.

Since my day was bogged down with appointments and having to jet off to write stories, I didn't get to take many pictures, but I hope to focus on that for a few hours tomorrow. From what I could tell, the lines were maybe even longer today, given more people were at the show. Getting the exclusive merchandise is a time commitment. On the plus side, The Star Wars Show stage has great viewing lines from within the convention hall and great audio too. All of the big stars from the Episode IX panel came out to chat and shoot t-shirts to the crowd.

Here are the images I captured on day two: