The link might be in German, but you get the idea.
Ugh. Had a feeling this is what we would get. I loved the concept since I first heard about it but a concept is nothing without proper execution. Hopefully this is just a bad trailer edit and they’re holding back the funny…like all of it. I like the effects for the classic video game characters but this seems fairly terrible.
AI has always been a hot topic, from books to film to the real world, but as technology advances we’re quickly stepping into a world where people are actually concerned over it’s progression. That’s a bit deep for this post but the research Google has been working on lately is just a small step into that world. Google’s AI research division has successfully created AI that can beat humans at some basic classic Atari games, like Breakout. Of course Google is always looking to advanced it’s technology with AI but in particular they’re aiming at improving search results. They want to know what a person wants before they do. Which…with search results seems innocuous but really thinking about that – it’s pretty cool / scary. The project stems form a purchase Google made last year of an AI company called DeepMind.
Now the cool part – they showed the computer 49 Atari games, with no instructions on how to play. The computer was forced to watch and play; combined with a simple reward system for ‘correct’ actions it started to learn how to play and succeed. Crazy. The AI was able to beat humans at 29 of the 49 games it was shown. More complex games that involve split second thinking and planning ahead, like Pac-Man, it didn’t do as well. I’m sure it’ll get there soon enough – and we’ll have a full blown Ultron on our hands. Deciding that we should be destroyed because we can’t defeat it at Breakout. Ughh fun times ahead. [via BI]
Scarface is one of those lasting classics that seems to always come up during episodes of Cribs. It has it’s moments but really the movie isn’t good until the last 10 minutes. CineFX did their 8-bit tribute to the classic Pacino film – which has a very Double Dragon feel to it. [via Destructoid]
I never played Bayonetta – not my cup of tea. But I’ve heard good things and that it’s extremely difficult title to master. Not completely sure why this exists but it’s great either way. My guess is Platinum Games’ wanted to take their April Fool’s joke from 5 years ago to the next step. Check out the 2D 8-bit version of the shape-shifting witch in browser format. [via Engadget]
CineFX always comes through when we need them. This time with 8-bit Guardians of the Galaxy. What’s more impressive is they even nailed the awesome soundtrack. Guardians was certainly the unexpected hit of 2014 and of the Marvel Universe. I would take a guess that a majority of the people who saw this film had no clue who they were. Even better – is this really put James Gunn on the map, which he deserves, and we’re certainly looking forward to seeing what he comes up with for GotG2. [via /film]
This year a new restaurant, Level 257 (get it? although I thought the kill screen was at 256?), will be opening at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL. A Pac-Man themed restaurant – we see absolutely nothing wrong with this. Most likely they’ll have cherry flavored cocktails and pretzels that everyone will try and order, but end up skipping just to get to the next course. The restaurant is still hiring and has a fairly active tumblr account if you’d like to follow a stream of updates about a restaurant opening. Hit the jump for the official release. [via /film]
Back in my day we didn’t have 14 buttons on our controllers…we had 2…and they were made out of wood. We didn’t have ‘save slots’ or ‘checkpoints’ – we had time and trial and error. A lot of trial and error. Another thing we had was durable controllers that could handle being tossed across the room at any given moment. They also didn’t cost $50. To prove how hard we had it with our gaming – the Fine Bros. asked some teens to play the original Mega Man as part of their Teens React series. Spoilers – Mega Man doesn’t go easy on these kids. [via Mashable]
So ‘Pixels’ has been around for quite awhile – if you’re a long time reader you probably caught the original short by Patrick Jean here on 8-bit along with the news that the Happy Madison crew would be handling the full feature. I feel like there’s even been a teaser trailer floating around with our key players – Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage. Either way it’s coming this year and to top it off Columbia Pictures has released some very cool 8-bit posters to get things going. I haven’t seen a decent Sandler movie in a long time but I love this concept of – “intergalactic aliens misinterpreting video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults.” Sounds like a really fun movie – let’s just hope along with the 80’s arcade theme we get some classic 80’s humor with it. Above you’ve got the Pac Man poster – but hit the jump to see the Donkey Kong, Centipede and Space Invaders versions. [via /film]