The Mystery of Go, the Ancient Game That Computers Still Can’t Win
The challenge is daunting. In 1994, machines took the checkers crown, when a program called Chinook beat the top human. Then, three years later, they topped the chess world, IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer besting world champion Garry Kasparov. Now, computers match or surpass top humans in a wide variety of games: Othello, Scrabble, backgammon, poker, even Jeopardy. But not Go. It’s the one classic game where wetware still dominates hardware. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on May 26, 2014 -
is a free (but not open source) program that allows you to fly through
vast reaches of the universe. Along the way, you'll see some pretty amazing vistas and probably want to take screenshots
of them. It incorporates a good amount of real-world data about the solar system, exoplanets
and the universe in general with procedural generation of everything we don't know. [more inside]
posted by jiawen
on Jan 6, 2014 -
In 1975, the blockbuster movie Jaws
was released. The series culminated in 1987 with a fourth movie, Jaws: The Revenge
. The NES game Jaws
(online) was released that same year, incorporating elements of both the original and fourth movie. But you probably don't know about the game that Mirrorsoft commissioned in 1984 from the husband-and-wife coding team, Dave & Sara Crud. They made a ZX Spectrum movie tie-in for the original film, only for rights holders to back out and leave it unreleased for nearly three decades ... UNTIL NOW!
Or at least that's the backstory MeFite malevolent
wrote. [via mefi projects
] [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 21, 2013 -
Do you want to fly? Really fly? Not at the controls of a cockpit simulation, but just you ... flying ... your motion through space controlled by the gentlest of nudges of your mouse.
Not a game; but an environment in which to 'travel'. View a short QT video clip
of a typical Tranquility level. Download the 'game browser' (versions for all common computers) in which the game operates, work through the short training levels, and prepare to lose yourself in flight.
(Don't be put off by the 'Buy the Game' links on the website; Tranquility is perfectly functional in demo mode, with the demo landscape changing daily. I've been playing it that way for more than five years.)
posted by woodblock100
on Jun 15, 2007 -
Everybody loves Zombies. Everybody loves killing Zombies. Nobody wants to suddenly wake up surrounded by Zombies. Not when you thought you were just playing a video game
posted by Elmore
on Feb 18, 2007 -
You've already pushed a hapless dummy down the stairs.
Now you can see what happens when that same guy gets behind the wheel
- or at least inside the cab - of a truck speeding toward a wall. Scant on documentation, but not hard to figure out (the 1 and 2 sliders control the position of two ramps). Anyone find a good technique for a high score? (2 MB Windows .exe)
posted by wanderingmind
on Aug 3, 2003 -
Go : The future of computing
"In recent years, computer experts, particularly those specializing in artificial intelligence, have felt fascination - and frustration - with an ancient Asian game called Go. To date, no computer has been able to achieve a skill level beyond that of the casual player."
posted by jragon
on Aug 2, 2002 -