This AI writes a text adventure while you play it

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This AI writes a text adventure while you play it

It's easy to imagine advances in AI will have an impact on strategy games and digital versions of board games like Chess and Go, but one of the most interesting implementations of AI technology I've seen so far is a text adventure.

The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

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The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

Deals season dominated the start of the week, but as Monday's peak Cyber levels dimmed into the background radiation of the universe, PC gaming marched along toward the end of the decade with a PC homecoming for Halo, new footage of Netflix's Witcher series, and a smattering of announcements. Here's what happened this week in PC gaming:  

The Elder Scrolls: Legends development has been halted

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends development has been halted

Three years ago, we said that Bethesda's Hearthstone-a-like The Elder Scrolls: Legends "is a refreshing take on CCGs, but its future remains cloudy." Today that future became clearer, and not in a good way: Bethesda announced on Reddit today that new content development is "on hold for the foreseeable future." The Asia-specific version of the game being operated separately by Gaea Mobile will not be affected by the change, but the expansion planned for this winter will not be released.

Humble Choice goes live with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Phantom Doctrine, and 8 more

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Humble Choice goes live with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Phantom Doctrine, and 8 more

The Humble Monthly Bundle was a subscription service with a mystery twist: For $12 a month, subscribers got a mix of games ranging from high-profile big-budget releases to obscure indie stuff nobody's every heard of. The catch was that you didn't know what most of them would be before you paid. It was still often a good way to pick up games on the cheap because there was no term commitment required, so you could, as in April, grab Assassin's Creed: Origins for $12 (one game, usually a big one, was always revealed early), and then be on your way.

The Suicide of Rachel Foster is a Gone Home-meets-Firewatch mystery in an old hotel

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The Suicide of Rachel Foster is a Gone Home-meets-Firewatch mystery in an old hotel

The Suicide of Rachel Foster is an eerie-looking first-person narrative adventure game set in a "desolate mountain hotel" in the early 1990s. Trapped by a blizzard, and with no connection to the outside world beyond the disembodied voice of a distant FEMA agent, players will explore the hotel in an effort to piece together "a dark family mystery."

Rust has tubas now

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Rust has tubas now

The headline says it all: Rust, the game about waking up naked and alone on a strange island, mere hours away from death due to exposure and starvation, now has tubas. And not just tubas! The game's first paid DLC, announced last month, also includes a piano, a drum kit, guitars, a trumpet, a pan flute, and other cobbled-together instruments—all of them fully playable—of the sort you'd expect to find on a Gilligan's Island with guns. I'm sure no one will annoy anyone with these.