Early registration will soon be open for the 2nd International Summer School on AI and Games, to be held in New York City, USA, May 27-31, 2019. The event is organized by Georgios N. Yannakakis and Julian Togelius, who wrote the Artificial Intelligence and Games book.
More information on the school and guest lecturers can be found at the site.
New Releases & Announcements
As of January 31, Sunless Skies is available through Steam, GOG, and Humble. (Full disclosure: I wrote for this project.) This is Failbetter Games’ follow-up to 2015’s Sunless Sea, and will be discounted for the first week of release (until February 7). PCGamer and Eurogamer have nice things to say about it.
In addition to the links above you can check out a short trailer here:
The Fourth Riddle, a game based on Puccini’s opera Turandot, came out at the beginning of the month.
Strand Games has released a revised and remastered version of Jinxter, the third game from the classic Magnetic Scrolls anthology. Jinxter Revived uses the interface from The Pawn (which Strand also remastered in 2017) and has added new sound and images, as well as reworking some bits to improve gameplay and avoid dead ends. The new version is available for Android in the Play Store, for iOS in the App Store, and for Windows, Linux, and macOS on itch.
Articles & Links
Dr. Jeremiah McCall, author of Gaming the Past: Using Video Games to Teach Secondary History gave a talk this month on games as history (the slides are available separately here, since they will probably appear too small on most screens). Among other things, his talk briefly touches on Twine projects for history teaching. Dr. McCall also maintains a site focusing on historical video games.
A bit distant from interactive fiction, but likely to be interesting to some who are around for the AI.