The History and Future of AI Opponents in Game Tournaments

 

Since the existence of electronic computers back in the late 1940s, scientists have been trying to push the boundaries of their problem-solving capabilities. Solving complex math equations was cool and all but wouldn’t it be cooler if you could teach a computer to play a game.

That’s exactly what scientists did and soon computers began to learn how to play games. If a computer could learn how to play a game like chess, early mathematicians like Claude Shannon theorized that its problem-solving capabilities would increase significantly, and it would be able to think much like a human could: the idea of artificial intelligence was born.

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Weekly Wrap-up: 3/23 – 3/28

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Call of Duty Championship live now

The 2015 Call of Duty Championship is live right now on Major League Gaming TV. This year the players are playing the latest entry in the series: Advanced Warfare. The finals will be held tomorrow where the best team will be crowned Call of Duty champions. Optic Gaming was the favorite to win this tournament, but they lost 3-0 to FazeRed and have been eliminated.

MLG.tv/CallofDuty 

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Weekly Wrap-up: 3/15 – 3/22

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Final Round 18 finals streaming now!

Final Round 18 finals day is streaming live right now on Twitch. For those unfamiliar with the event, Final Round is one of North America’s largest annual fighting games tournaments. This year’s tournament is also the first Capcom Pro Tour premiere event of the year. The top 8 finals for Guilty Gear Xrd, Dead or Alive V: Last Round, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Ultra Street Fighter IV will be played out today. If you are interested in competitive fighting games, you won’t want to miss this.

Capcom Fighters will begin streaming the Ultra Street Fighter IV finals at 7pm eastern time.

http://www.twitch.tv/capcomfighters

Team Spooky is currently streaming the finals for the rest of the games.

http://www.twitch.tv/teamsp00ky

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Week Wrap-up: 3/1 – 3/7

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Unreal Engine 4 is now free for everyone

This week saw a ton of great news for game developers starting with the announcement by Epic that Unreal Engine 4 is now free to use for anyone. You read that right, free for anyone to download and use. There is a small catch however: Epic receives 5 percent in royalties for every $3,000 the developer’s game or application earns. Epic is looking to reimburse developers who previously subscribed to the service.

https://www.unrealengine.com/blog/ue4-is-free

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