Monday, November 29, 2021

What If An A.I. Wrote Your Favorite Games

You've probably heard that the machines are coming for our jobs … and eventually our bodies. But what does this strange, machine-run future look like? To gain a sneak-peek into that world, we asked the A.I.-based text generator InferKit to rewrite some of our favorite games, and the results ranged from hilarious to outright eerie. Below are the A.I. rewrites – the seed text is in bold, and everything else is machine-generated. Batman: Arkham Asylum The inmates of Arkham Asylum have been set free – and it's up to Batman to bring order to the chaos and take back the asylum. Along the way, he reunites with some old allies and discovers an even deeper secret: he isn't the only one with a destiny, and this time, his isn't a fairy tale. What you don't know? It was designed by God to save his people. It has the power to send every human back to Heaven and reunite them with God. So why does the Great Spirit keep it locked away? And what's with that smell, anyway?  The Last of Us Joel and Ellie, brought together by harsh circumstances, must survive a brutal journey across the U.S. in a dangerous post-pandemic world. Two best friends, Joel and Ellie, survive the end of the world in a semi-ancient survivalist park. Traveling across the United States in search of food and water and finding more unexpected friends along the way. Endlessly imaginative, inspiring, and sometimes terrifying, this is an original survival adventure, like no other. This is the first book in a trilogy. There are four books. Super Mario Bros. The Mushroom Princess is being held captive by the evil Koopa tribe. It's up to you to rescue her before time runs out. The green plumber's missions also include helping a doll-like Princess Kameeze find the Unicorn Rod. Going back to the original Super Mario Bros., Yoshi's sidekick is Super Mario Bros. 3's Yoshi. And in Super Mario World, the mushroom-shaped dinosaur is the gamer's little brother. These companions give Mario new abilities when he picks up the controllers or stomps on certain power-ups in games. Copyright 2017 WTVM. All rights reserved. Alan Wake A dark presence stalks the small town of Bright Falls, pushing Alan Wake to the brink of sanity in his fight to unravel the mystery and save his love. Based on the comic book series If I Hadn't Met You Eduard, a husband and father who loses his family in a tragic accident, travels to parallel universes to seek a better fate for his beloved wife. This drama series tells the astonishing true story of Israel's most prominent spy who infiltrated the Syrian government in the 1960s.  Red Dead Redemption II America, 1899. The end of the wild west era has begun. After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town of Blackwater, Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang are forced to flee. But at every turn, the traveling robbers find themselves faced with unintended challenges. Deep in the wilds of Iowa, they encounter the terrifying Mandrake, whose head is a hive of ravenous monsters … and who are on the lookout for fresh bodies. One by one, the members of the gang are picked off, revealing the truly terrible fate that awaits those who cross the Mandrake. Despite his unstable nature, Arthur is a gifted con man, as well as an expert marksman, skilled guitarist, master carpenter, and above all, a man of extraordinary cunning and resourcefulness. Trapped in a world where he never seems to fit in, can the mysterious detective help the dark-haired, blue-eyed half-Irish half-African boy realize his destiny, or will he become another statistic? Half-Life: Alyx The loss of the Seven-Hour War is still fresh. In the shadow of a rising Combine fortress known as the Citadel, residents of City 17 learn to live under the rule of their invaders. But among this scattered population are two of Earth's most resourceful scientists: Dr. James Vega and John Baxter. Dr. Vega builds a time machine and contacts John, offering his assistance and guaranteeing his safety. Together, the two of them make a plan: they will travel back to 1984, to try to convince then-President Elizabeth Shower to negotiate with the Combine. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt This world doesn't need a hero. It needs a professional. Enter the witcher, one of the last monster slayers for hire. Joslyn Mael: Most famous for the notorious Hollows murder case. I will not get too much into my life and profession. You'll have to make your own judgments. It's a long story and a very long time ago. Suffice to say, I grew up as a very strong child, and even though my parents were terrified of me, they also wanted me to know how to defend myself and use my right hand for good. I grew up, bought my own gun, got a job, and the rest is history. BioShock Infinite Indebted to the wrong people, with his life on the line, veteran of the U.S. Cavalry and now hired gun, Booker DeWitt has only one opportunity to wipe his slate clean. Escape the dark lands of Borderlands, a politically unstable nation in the not-too-distant future and repair his marriage before it's too late. His target? The mysterious anarchist villain Cipher. The result was Titanfall, a rebooted brand-new shooter where different modes could be combined together seamlessly. Set in the city-sized spaceport of Forward Operating Base, the map editors allowed for a dozen ways to play the game, from quick engagements to mission-based battles. Halo: Combat Evolved Bent on humankind's extermination, a powerful fellowship of alien races known as the Covenant is wiping out Earth's fledgling interstellar empire. It is a fight for survival. For their children's future. For the survival of the entire universe. A fight they are counting on you to join. In the original Halo, Master Chief leads a team of expert Spartans – along with an armored knight from an alien civilization – to face the Covenant in an epic struggle that will test your abilities, test your brotherhood and test the fate of the entire universe. Final Fantasy VII In Midgar, a city controlled by the mega-conglomerate Shinra Inc., the No. 1 Mako Reactor has been blown up by a rebel group, Avalanche. Avalanche leader Taiki Masaki has been seen walking amongst the ruins and filming the wreckage. In the Shinra Control Room, Shinra Corporate Executive Officer Hiroshi Amano tries to stop Shinra's CEO Tetsuya Tojo from starting a catastrophic weapon of mass destruction. Founded by three children born of Digimon-like monsters, Avalanche was believed to be destroyed when Mako Reactor 1 exploded, but the video footage proves otherwise. What do you think? Will we be playing A.I.-written games next year?

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    Janelle Monáe as Veronica Henley / Eden

    Eric Lange as Him

    Jena Malone as Elizabeth

    Jack Huston as Captain Jasper

    Kiersey Clemons as Julia

    Gabourey Sidibe as Dawn

    Marque Richardson as Nick

    Tongayi Chirisa as Eli

    Robert Aramayo as Daniel

    Co-Written & Co-Directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz

    Antebellum Review:

    In the wake of Jordan Peele’s breathtaking directorial debut Get Out, the horror-thriller genre has seen a beautiful revival of tales that not only seek to shock its audiences but also inform them on the struggles persons of color and various genders endure in contemporary America and while Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz’s  certainly does plenty of the latter, it unfortunately is thoroughly lacking in the former.

    Successful author and social justice pioneer Veronica Henley has her world upheaved as she finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and living on an 1800s plantation and must uncover the secret behind the mind-bending mystery and confront the past, the present and the future to get back home to her husband and daughter before it’s too late.

    The concept for the film is truly brilliant, the idea of a modern-day woman suddenly finding herself in the past only instead of a cheery situation like A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, it’s the horrific racist time of the American South, but one of the film’s problems comes in that it doesn’t take full advantage of this premise. It takes plenty of time to build the tension in its present day scenes and to develop Veronica into one of the most intelligent and easy-to-root-for Black women of the genre in the past decade while the plantation scenes do well to show off the real horrors of the past, but the two really feel like disparate halves that add up to a disappointing whole.

    Thematically, the two match up brilliantly as a way to explore idea of never forgetting the horrible past and the attempt at erasure of the culture and voices of the African-American community in America and when it hits, it hits hard, but the problem is sometimes it’s too on the nose or just not subtle enough to meld with its genre home. Bush and Renz clearly have great messages fighting to be heard from within in the story, but without properly executing its ambitious plot, it almost threatens to silence itself.

    The film isn’t thoroughly disappointing, as there are a number of elements that not only work but prove to be outstanding, one of which is the direction from the duo. In their feature debut, Bush and Renz show an incredible grasp on delivering artfully shot scenes from start to finish, especially all the scenes set on the plantation as there’s such an interesting combination of a clean palette of sun-bathing colors in the daytime to the muted but compelling shades of orange in the nighttime.

    It is also supported by truly breathtaking performances from its entire cast, especially those of Monáe, Malone and Huston. In just under five years of appearing on screens, Monáe has proven herself to be one of the best musicians-turned-actors in a long while and though this may not see her peak performance just quite yet, it sees her truly shine as an empowering and brilliant modern Black woman that feels very much in line with her own efforts that she helps bring her character to life in stellar fashion. When it comes to portraying a completely despicable racist in this day and age, one could either go with a more subtle approach or go full cartoonish with their performance, but Huston and Malone find a nice middle ground with plenty of moments that dangerously approach becoming caricatures but pull back just enough to give their characters an extra layer of complexity to keep them watchable across its 106-minute runtime.

    Antebellum was certainly a film with plenty of potential to explore some important timely topics while simultaneously delivering some chills and thrills, but with such a focus on the former it loses sight of how to achieve the latter that it proves a disappointment, especially in its time-bending revelations, that even its strong performances and stylish direction can’t quite save the experience.

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