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Next Week on Xbox: Upcoming Games, May 8 – 14

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover the best games coming soon to Xbox One. Every week, the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console, and Xbox Wire will be here to let you know when you can play every new release hitting Xbox One. Whether you’re a fan of shooting, racing, or adventuring, there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy. So, without further delay, let’s preview the new games coming soon with Next Week on Xbox!

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NBA Playgrounds – May 9
Enjoying the NBA Playoffs? Why not play some 2-on-2 arcade basketball during halftime with NBA Playgrounds! Play with up to three other players locally on your Xbox One or hop online and defeat your opponents with your awesome, acrobatic displays of skill.

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Narcosis – May 10
Stranded on the seafloor with little light and few tools to save you, try to keep your sanity (and oxygen) in the sunless depths of the Pacific in Narcosis, a chilling new survival horror game for Xbox One.

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Butcher – May 10
If you’re a fan of the classic, brutal, and bloody shooter games of yesterday, Butcher might be exactly what you’re looking for. Describing itself as a “blood-soaked love letter to the cult classics of the genre,” play as a cyborg who is programmed to eradicate anything that moves — that includes the last remnants of humanity.

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Lethal League – May 10
Battle your friends in this competitive, projectile fighting game where you throw an anti-gravity ball into the face of your opponents. Lethal League supports up to four players locally, with a hip-hop infused soundtrack, and a roster of colorful characters to play as.

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Human: Fall Flat – May 12
Using a combination of wits and physics, escape this haunted dreamscape by solving a variety of puzzles as Bob. He doesn’t have a super power, but given the right tools who can do a lot — misuse the tools and he can do even more! Human: Fall Flat pre-order bundle includes copy of the indie hit Manual Samuel.

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Elliot Quest – May 12
Cursed to turn into a demon unless he can find a cure, Elliot must embark on an epic quest across a vibrant open world filled with secrets and adventure to change his fate. Featuring a unique retro-style art, Elliot Quest has the makings of a great addition to your Xbox library.

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Demon’s Crystals – May 12
Take control of the Urican demons who have taken up arms to fight back the possessed horde of man, in this creative twin-stick arcade shooter. Collect the life-sustaining crystals that the Urican depend on and utilize a variety of weapons and power-ups to restore peace to the world.

See the rest of the story on Xbox Wire

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AI Podcast: Your Next Pizza Delivery May Come Topped with AI

You ask, AI delivers.

At least, that’s the concept that Kevin Peterson is trying to achieve with his robotics company, Marble. It recently made news for deploying food delivery robots onto the streets of San Francisco.

Peterson, Marble’s co-founder and software lead, joined this week’s AI Podcast to talk about their efforts to integrate AI to the delivery process.

Marble’s robots, all named “Happy,” look like a white boxcar about the size of a mobility scooter. They are complete with a trunk, where it stores packages. Users get a code with their delivery confirmation to access their packages.

“We want everyone’s first interaction with the robot to be delightful, actually,” explained Peterson in a conversation with Michael Copeland, the host of NVIDIA’s AI Podcast. “So we spend a lot of time designing that interaction and making sure the vehicle is operating in a way that looks good and is good.”

To provide efficient delivery, the Marble team uses a 3D map system to plan out the best routes for their delivery bots. According to Peterson, the robot has a program that detects last minute route obstacles, and then will request a re-route.

For Peterson, automating delivery systems is only the beginning.

“There’s a huge amount of impact in the world that comes from having these kinds of autonomous vehicles out there,” he says.

AI Podcast: AI Can Be as Racist and Sexist as We Are

Last week, we spoke with Aylin Caliskan, a ‎postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University, about how we are corrupting AI with our own biases.

How to Tune in to the AI Podcast

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How I became a video game designer: Bugi Kaigwa

“The sense that you could always do better then what you’re doing now is how you grow,” says a developer of NBA 2K. USA Today interviewed NBA 2K developer Bugi Kaigwa for their “How I became a video game designer” series: “Kaigwa, who works on developing the immensely popular NBA 2K basketball games, including this year’s NBA 2K17 game, chatted with USA TODAY College about vanilla lattes, hard work and, well, of course video games.” Read more here!

New Eden Turns 14 – Happy Anniversary!

Today New Eden turns 14 years old and here at CCP, we’d like to wish a happy 14th anniversary to all our pilots across the globe!

May 6th, 2003 marks the date when a flood of budding young intrepid pilots took to the skies with grand hopes and aspirations. 14 years on, those ideas and values have become the cornerstones of a thriving virtual world that that has been transformed into a living, breathing space saga that spans more than a decade of emergent storytelling.

From the second New Eden’s stargates first powered on, every action has had a reaction and every pilot’s aspiration and dream has been laid bare in the cosmos of EVE Online. Your successes, failures, struggles and triumphs have weaved an intricate player written backstory that now spans a colossal 14 years, or 5114 days.

It seems like only days ago we were celebrating the start of the second decade with EVE Online’s 10th Anniversary, yet here we are together, community and developers, marching relentlessly toward the midpoint of the second decade with New Eden’s 15th anniversary next year. It's been an incredible ride, and there's so much more still to come!

In celebration of the 14th Anniversary of EVE Online, you’ll find a few things in your redeeming system today to help the celebrations along:

  • 1x Capsule YC119 Capsuleer Day SKIN
  • 1x Festival Launcher
  • 200x Barium Firework
  • 200x Copper Firework
  • 200x Sodium Firework

These items will be redeemable until the night of May 23rd, so be sure to log in and pick them up before then in order to add the spiffy new capsule skin to your collection, and of course to shoot your closest wingmen and friends in the middle of the face with pretty spaceship fireworks.

If you require assistance or information on how to redeem items, please see this knowledgebase article in the EVE Online Help Center for further details.

Today, on the 14th Anniversary of EVE Online, we give our most sincere thanks to the intrepid pilots of New Eden, who form what is without a doubt the finest online gaming community in existence.

Your unswaying dedication and loyalty to the EVE Universe, and your continued support of the sprawling cosmos we’ve continued to build together over the last fourteen years inspires us more than ever to keep pushing the boundaries of what we can do together!

Fly dangerous, and prepare for another awesome year!

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