Items tagged with Starcraft II

Google's DeepMind division has had considerable success competing against and crushing human competitors in Starcraft II. The DeepMind AlphaStar artificial intelligence (AI) trounced Grzegorz "MaNa" Komincz of Team Liquid back in January 5-0 in a professional match on a competitive ladder. However, in that matchup, MaNa knew that he was going up against AI ahead of time, so there were no surprises. Google will now enter its AlphaStar into a Starcraft II European competitive ladder in the near future where it will essentially be going undercover to battle against human opponents.  "For scientific test purposes, DeepMind will be benchmarking AlphaStar’s performance by... Read more...
StarCraft fans now have a free to play version of the popular Blizzard game StarCraft II. Blizzard announced that StarCraft II would go free-to-play back during BlizzCon and as of yesterday that game has debuted at no cost. If you want to get in on the free gaming action, this is how you do it. You need a compatible computer running either Windows or Mac OS. You will need a Battle.net account. If you have one you are golden, otherwise you need to create one here. You can sign up using your Facebook account. Hit up the Battle.net Shop and look for the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty landing page. On that landing page, click Play for Free, and after the redirect look for StarCraft II and choose... Read more...
DeepMind is an offshoot of Google that has scientific mission in mind, with the goal of developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that have the ability to learn to solve complex problems. DeepMind says that meeting that mission requires it to design agents and then test their ability in a range of environments, with some built specifically for testing of AI and others using things built for humans. DeepMind has announced that it has teamed up with Blizzard Entertainment to open the popular video game StarCraft II for AI testing and research. The two firms have released SC2LE, which is described as a set of tools that Blizzard and DeepMind hope will accelerate AI research using the... Read more...
Google announced at BlizzCon 2016 in Anaheim, California, that it is collaborating with Blizzard Entertainment to use StarCraft II as a training platform for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning research. As part of that partnership, Google will pit its DeepMind project against human players in StarCraft II and use the information obtained to tweak its AI algorithms. "DeepMind is on a scientific mission to push the boundaries of AI, developing programs that can learn to solve any complex problem without needing to be told how. Games are the perfect environment in which to do this, allowing us to develop and test smarter, more flexible AI algorithms quickly and efficiently, and also... Read more...
At 12:01 AM tomorrow morning, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm goes live. Millions of Starcraft II players who've been itching for the next chapter of single-player storyline and multiplayer goodies will face-dive into the game -- including me. But before you tear open the digital confectionary, PETA would like you to spare a momment to think about Zerglings. The organization has formed a subsidiary group, Terrans for the Ethical Treatment of Zerglings, or TETZ. Joel Bartlett, PETAt; TETZ staffer, reminds us all that the group will "attend tonight's launch event in Irvine, California, and distribute copies of our new "Zerglings Have Feelings, Too" leaflets as a reminder that gamers and nongamers... Read more...
Starcraft II was announced in May 2007, and Korea went wild. While it may just be coincidence that a number of etailers have posted ship dates for Starcraft II, and that they all picked the same date, is it also a coincidence that Blizzard's Worldwide Invitational Event takes place in Paris on June 28 and 29 this week?Many froth-mouthed fans of Blizzard's intergalactic real-time strategy masterpiece Starcraft have anxiously been awaiting word on when the next installment of the series would land in their anticipatory laps. Blizz has been characteristically tight-lipped about the title's launch window, though we were recently informed that an online SKU search for Starcraft II on Best Buy, Circuit... Read more...