Gaming

Games aren’t power fantasies. They’re reality repairers

Let’s start with something simple but weird: Game-related purchases account for 75 percent of App Store revenue. That means we spend three times more on play than we do on everything else combined. Three times more on games than on every dollar we dedicate to music and weather and productivity and photography and fashion and […]

Gaming

An A.I. is designing retro video games — and they’re surprisingly good

[embedded content] Google DeepMind demonstrated a few years back that artificial intelligence (A.I.) could learn to play retro video games better than the majority of human players, without requiring any instruction as to how they should accomplish the feat. Now, researchers from Georgia Tech have taken the next logical leap by demonstrating how A.I. can be […]

Gears & Gadgets

The Surface Go reviews are in, and… they’re a bit all over the place

Enlarge / Surface Go. Microsoft Surface Go—Microsoft’s 10-inch, $ 399 tablet—launches today in 25 markets. Many publications around the Web have had a couple of days to review Microsoft’s latest attempt at a cheap(ish) computer, and opinions are surprisingly varied. Surface Go is a shrunk-down version of the Surface Pro, Microsoft’s kickstand-equipped two-in-one tablet/laptop. It […]