This week in NextGov’s emerging tech column, find out how a hyper-violent videogame that the government has tried to ban, is now an ally helping to train driverless vehicles in all sorts of crazy conditions.
We wanted to see how a modern Neural Network AI performed on an actual battlefield. Enter Boris, from Nival, which is breathing new life into a classic wargame. Blitzkrieg 3, originally launched in 2015, is back with an updated look, multiplayer, and of course that soon-to-be famous AI named Boris.
Videogames have only recently begun to mirror real life, make statements and work to change the world in the way that great literature and movies sometimes do. Watch Dogs 2 hits the social commentary head-on, but the hacking tech is all fun and games, well, mostly.
Skylanders: Imaginators is one of the most technically advanced videogames ever created, allowing for the creation of fully programmable toys that warp into the game through the power portal. Suitable for kids or adults, our review tested large groups of both, it also happens to be a whole lot of fun.
People looking for a historical thriller in the new Oliver Stone movie Snowden may be disappointed. Chris Inglis, who was the Deputy Director of the NSA during the incident, calls the film grossly inaccurate in an exclusive interview with TWB author John Breeden II for NextGov.
Imagine if you will, standing on the surface of the moon, overlooking a crater from your lunar rover, listening to mission control chatter. Or don’t. Instead of imagining it, just order a cheap Google Cardboard VR set instead; stick your phone in it, and start exploring the solar system, museums, tourist spots, coral reefs and … Continue reading Google Cardboard Overview: VR On The Cheap
John Breeden II goes for a virtual reality climb for his weekly NextGov Emerging Technology column. And while The Climb and other games for the Oculus Rift are enough to get the blood pumping, what is really surprising is how some scientists are using VR to do some amazing things, like treating diseases.
The Westport Independent is a newspaper simulator that has players as editors trying to battle government censorship, maintain reporter morale and just sell some papers in a fictional country undergoing great change circa 1949. Comparisons will be made to Papers Please of course, but The Westport Independent stands on its own. Find out how corrupt we actually get in our Let’s Play movie.