Gaming chat app Discord starts shutting down racist accounts

Google and GoDaddy aren't the only internet companies dumping racists in light of the violence in Charlottesville. The team behind the gaming chat app Discord has shut down both accounts "associated with the events in Charlottesville" and the altrig…

Call of Duty: WWII multiplayer trailer revealed ahead of beta release August 25

 Call of Duty: WWII is one of the most anticipated titles of the year; after three years of jet-packing the franchise returns to its roots of boots-on-the-ground action. On the heels of the CWL Champs tournament (congratulations, Optic Gaming!), Activision and Sledgehammer have announced that the private beta for CoD: WWII will go live on August 25, and have concurrently released a trailer for… Read More

NYC is getting a huge new VR conference this fall

In addition to an upcoming virtual reality hub at NYU, New York City will also host its first VR-focused convention later this year. The NYVR Expo, which will take place at the Javits Center from October 26th through 28th, aims to be the biggest virt…

The Morning After: Monday, August 14th 2017

It's Monday morning! Over the weekend you may have missed more HBO hacker leaks, and how you can now get Google's Pixel phone's camera tricks on other smartphones.

Rovio, the maker of Angry Birds, is reportedly planning an IPO

 Rovio, the Finnish company behind Angry Birds, is planning to go public “as early as next month,” Bloomberg reports.
Citing sources, Bloomberg reports the IPO could value Rovio at $2 billion and that the company could raise about $400 million from a local market listing. Though, it seems that a final decision has yet to be made, meaning Rovio may decide to stay private for… Read More

AI beats top ‘Dota 2’ players in one-on-one matches

Artificial intelligence isn't just good at playing Go — it can also emerge victorious in the eSports arena. The Elon Musk-backed OpenAI team has developed a machine learning system that has beaten "many" of the best pro Dota 2 players in one-on-one…

Recommended Reading: The rise and fall of ‘Mortal Kombat’


'Mortal Kombat's' 1997
Was the Opposite
of a Flawless Victory
Matt Gerardi,
AV Club

The Mortal Kombat franchise was riding high… and then 1997 rolled around. AV Club takes a look at the hot streak before the release of two games and a movie in…

OpenAI bot remains undefeated against world’s greatest Dota 2 players

 Last night, OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot beat the world’s most celebrated professional players in one-on-one battles, showing just how advanced these machine learning systems are getting. The bot beat Danil “Dendi” Ishutin rather easily at The International, one of the biggest eSports events in the world, and remains undefeated against the world’s top Dota 2 players.… Read More