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Artificial intelligence can bring many benefits to human gamers. Sam Jordan Belanger

Computers to humans: Shall we play a game?

Twenty years after Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov at chess, artificial intelligence can make games more fun, and perhaps even endlessly enjoyable, if it learns to adapt.
Seeking to make stories that surround us. 'Screen,' by Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Robert Coover, Shawn Greenlee, Andrew McClain, and Ben "Sascha" Shine

The future is in interactive storytelling

People want video games and interactive experiences that help them explore deep and meaningful themes, such as creating family, valuing diversity and living responsibly.
Indigenous games like ‘Honour Water’ can teach Indigenous values and ceremonial practices. Honour Water/Elizabeth LaPensée

Video games encourage Indigenous cultural expression

A strengthening movement of Indigenous designers and developers is working to show Indigenous cultures, teachings, languages and ways of knowing through video games.
Detail of a production still from Baden Pailthorpe ‘s MQ-9 Reaper III (Skyquest) 2015 Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

Friday essay: video games, military culture and new narratives of war

Video games such as Battlefield I encourage players to find purpose and meaning in war. But a new generation of artists and gamers is starting to question the messages they propagate.
‘Counter-Strike’ has sold over 25 million units, making it one of the most popular first-person shooters of all time. Miyaoka Hitchcock/flickr

How the US military is using ‘violent, chaotic, beautiful’ video games to train soldiers

Two researchers interviewed military members and vets to see what role first-person shooters played in their lives – before, during and after their enlistments.
The Nintendo Switch is a modular gaming console, unlike any other on the market. Nintendo

The Nintendo Switch breaks convention but lacks a killer app

Nintendo has a history of innovation in the console market, and the Switch follows suit. But it trades power for flexibility, and it's unknown yet whether that's what gamers want.
Troll image from shutterstock.com

Fighting online trolls with bots

Automated systems that watch online chats and flag racist, sexist and bullying behavior could help curtail internet abuse.
A fun game, plus science advancement. Madde/YouTube

Play video games, advance science

We recently set up a Foldit competition between gamers, undergraduate students and professional scientists. The winner might surprise you – and offer important possibilities for scientific research.

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