When Robots Attack, Roblox Piracy, and More
Chess Robot Breaks Bones
As it turns out, robots don’t like it when you try to rush through a chess game. During a chess tournament in Moscow, a seven year old boy who is among the top 30 chess players in Moscow under the age of nine, faced off against a chess robot. Playing chess against AI is hardly anything new, with Deep Blue being the first computer to win a match against a reigning chess champion in 1997.
However, in this case the AI reacted in response to the boy moving a piece earlier than he should’ve, and as a consequence grabbed the boy’s index finger and squeezed it firmly. People rushed to help, but not before his finger was broken.
However, the young player did return to the tournament the next day, and his parents are now considering filing a lawsuit.
Russia’s Making Their Own Games
Following the invasion of Ukraine, several companies have stopped trading with Russia, and many sanctions have been placed, leaving the country without video games. Nintendo has announced suspending all exports to Russia, as well as Sony Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft, and more.
As a result, Russia is now turning to making games internally, with Rostec planning on creating its own game engine. This project is being looked at cautiously by the government as this would be the first Russian game engine.
Minecraft Says No NFTs
Mojang has taken a firm stance against blockchain technology and Non-Fungible Tokens, preventing third-party operators from creating Minecraft NFTs.
The company has stated that the use of NFTs violates the spirit of the Minecraft usage guidelines, although the guidelines do permit server owners to charge for access. Mojang has clarified the difference between money and tokens, stating that “we have these rules to ensure that Minecraft remains a community where everyone has access to the same content. NFTs can create models of scarcity and exclusion that conflict with our guidelines and the spirit of Minecraft”.
However, they haven’t closed the door entirely on NFTs, explaining that Mojang is open to the possibilities of blockchain technology in the future.
Roblox Fighting for Innocent Gamers
Christopher Boomer, a developer behind Roblox games such as Weight Lifting Simulator 2 and Muscle Legends, recently obtained a DMCA subpoena in order to compel Roblox to identify alleged pirates. Boomer’s games have been viewed over two billion times, and according to Boomer’s legal team, fellow Roblox developers have copied Boomer’s games.
As a result, Boomer filed for a DMCA subpoena to unmask the alleged pirates. Roblox objects however, explaining that 10 days is too short of a time to produce the requested information, and has called the request unreasonable as Boomer is attempting to obtain information on a potential 460 thousand players, along with the alleged pirates.
“Roblox objects to the request to unmask anonymous speakers without the provision of notice to the speakers so that they may directly address any potential concerns, First Amendment or otherwise,” states Roblox.
“Roblox objects to this request as overbroad because it seeks a wide swath of user information that Petitioner has not established is relevant to any alleged copyright infringement, and thus the information requested does not qualify as discoverable subject matter.”
And now for some upcoming games!
- Autonauts vs Piratebots (PC)
- Bear and Breakfast (PC)
- Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions (Switch)
- Sweet Transit (PC)
- Avenging Spirit (PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch)
- Digimon Survive (PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)
- Madison (Switch)
- Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (PS4)
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch)
- The Gallery (PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)
- Frogun (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch)
- South of the Circle (PC, PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO, Switch)
- Hard West 2 (PC)
- Turbo Golf Racing (PC, XSX, XBO)