It's only a matter of time before Pokemon Go takes over the world, or so it seems, but just this past week, it was finally released in Japan. One player posted an image showing their cat apparently mesmerized by a non-existent character while trying to catch a Goldeen, and posted it on Twitter. Now players from all over the world have begun sharing this peculiar phenomenon, birds included. Continue reading to see more funny examples. Click here for a few bonus images.
AI and machine learning have been in development for quite some time, but MarI/O aims to bring them to video games. YouTube user "Seth Bling" first tried it on Super Mario World, and now, it's been reprogrammed from Super Mario Kart. Like the previous experiment, MarI/O wasn't taught anything beforehand, and only a few simple parameters were set. The AI uses a "fitness level" to determine what buttons to press and so forth, literally being incentivized to continue doing so. After many attempts, it finally managed to beat the computer, using several dirt paths to increase efficiency. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a man who built an incredible flying chair.
The Nintendo 64DD (Disc Drive) basically plugged into the extension port on the underside of the console, enabling you to use proprietary 64MB magnetic disks for expanded and rewritable data storage, a real-time clock for persistent game world design, and a standard font and audio library for further storage efficiency. Only ten titles were ever released, and the peripheral itself now fetches upwards of $1,000 on the secondary market. YouTube user "MetalJesusRocks" managed to snag one of them. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why movie theaters in Korea are so much better than in the US.
Nintendo fans rejoice! The NES Classic Edition is coming this November, and it looks exactly like its predecessor, but this time, it comes loaded with 30-games, including all three Super Mario Bros., two Zeldas, two Castlevanias, Metroid, Punch-Out, and one of the most popular American football games ever released...Tecmo Bowl. Gamers connect this console to their TV via HDMI, and its controller can connect to a Wii Remote for use with Virtual Console games. Continue reading for two more videos, with a bonus one showing how teens react to the original NES, and more information.
For those who don't follow the mobile game universe, Pokemon Go is essentially a free-to-play augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices, released just a few days ago. It enables players to capture, battle, train, and trade virtual Pokemon who appear throughout the real world. As you can see, some are already using drones to speed up the catching process. The video above shows exactly how to play, as well as providing a few tips and tricks. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Hyperkin's Smart Boy case has become a reality, and it was debuted at E3 2016 in Los Angeles this past week. Unfortunately (or fortunately), this accessory now only supports Android handsets. This isn't just an emulator-based gimmick, but rather a case that accepts real Game Boy cartridges, which slot into the back. Continue reading for a side profile picture and more information.
We have seen the future, and artificial intelligence takes over. MarI/O, created by gamer Seth Bling, is just the tip of the iceberg. This AI had no idea how to play the game at first, but after some simple parameters were set in the form of "fitness" levels, it was incentivized to continue trying new ideas. You read that right, each level used new ideas, and it remembers what worked, while discarding its mistakes. After 34 steps, using NeuroEvolution of Augmenting Topologies, MarI/O figured out that jumping was the key to complete the stage. What's crazy is that the AI is so good now that any further attempts on the stage will all result in successful completion. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a 90-minute tour through Shanghai Disneyland.
Most gamers know that the original NES Zapper, released in 1984 (Japan) / 1985 (US), is a light gun that allows players to aim at the television set display and "shoot" various objects that appear on the screen such as ducks, clay pigeons, targets, cowboys, criminals or other objectives. Texas-based machine prototyping company Precision Syndicate created one using a glock pistol. Continue reading for another picture and more information.
The Nintendo M82 was a essentially a demon unit for stores that allowed customers to try several games before purchasing them. Officially called the "M82 Game Selectable Working Product Display," it could hold 12 game cartridges, and can be selected by pressing buttons next to the desired title. The play time could also be set: 30-seconds, 3-minutes, 6-minutes or 128 minutes. Continue reading for more fascinating historical photos.
Thanks to Raspberry Pi, this modder was able to hack an original Nintendo Game Boy into a multi-platform machine, capable of playing just about any classic title. That's right, running software known as "Emulation Station," this Pi-powered creation runs NES, SNES, Genesis, etc. games, complete with makeshift shoulder triggers, while additional the X and Y buttons were sourced from an old Super Nintendo controller. After some re-soldering and dremeling, a functional SD to Micro SD adapter was added inside the system. Plus, these mods also give it USB charging for added convenience. Continue reading for a video of a functional game console made from an Altoids tin.