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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    Psychological Thriller Martha Is Dead Is Coming to Xbox on February 24

    Summary

    •      Explore a photorealistic recreation of the Italian countryside, by foot, bike or boat.
    •      Discover a dark multi-layered narrative which blurs the lines between reality, superstition and the tragedy of war.
    •    Uncover the mystery of what happened to Martha.

    Spoiler warning: Martha was dead, to begin with.

    Our journey with Martha Is Dead has been a long one. From mastering and developing new and existing technologies, through to balancing the style and tone of the visuals and perfecting and fine tuning a powerful and poignant story.

    We’re happy to say that our development journey is now coming to an end, and we’re excited to announce that Martha Is Dead will be launching on the Xbox family of consoles on February 24th, 2022.

    If this is your first time being introduced to the game, Martha Is Dead is a dark first-person psychological thriller, set in 1944 Italy, which blurs the lines between reality, superstition and the heavy tragedy of war. At the open, the desecrated body of a woman is found drowned – your twin sister, Martha. Alone, you must deal with the acute trauma of loss and the fallout of her murder, hunting for a truth shrouded in mysterious folklore, under the added pressures of war, through a deep, dark and multi-layered narrative.

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    From the earliest days of developing Martha Is Dead we knew we needed to push the boundaries of visual fidelity to help present the impact of our dark tale to the world. From the offset, we began testing the waters with brand new tech still in development and not yet mastered within the industry – from photogrammetry techniques through to the emerging metahuman technology from Unreal!

    In short, Martha Is Dead was built to cater to our own vision of where the next generation of gaming would go. We were on the right track to a degree, but the true power of the Xbox Series consoles surprised us, allowing us to push the envelope even further in our story telling and visual design to bring an even stronger connection to the intriguing and difficult story we needed to tell.

    Our tale may be thought provoking and “dark” to an extent, but we welcome players to freely explore our incredibly detailed recreation of the Italian countryside, by foot, bike or boat – both in stunning beautiful daylight and deep into the night – beautifully realised thanks to the power and versatility of the Xbox Series family of consoles.

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    You don’t usually see key spoilers printed in giant letters on the front of a box, but hey, Martha is Dead – this is the key jumping off point into the game. Throughout your time with Martha Is Dead, you’ll be living through the eyes of Giulia, the twin sister of Martha – freshly learning to deal with the loss of her closest confidant and the impact this has on her immediate family and ongoing life.

    Loss is an incredibly powerful and difficult emotion to convey, but this loss has come during a time of War, an already traumatic event to live through, made all the more daunting by the mysterious tale from local folklore regarding The Lady of the Lake, an ethereal entity and dark power which governs the lake where the body of Martha is discovered.

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    Could this dark force be responsible for the tragedy and misdeeds occurring? You’ll be able to find out on February 24th when you’ll be able to start unravelling the great mystery of Martha Is Dead for yourself.

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