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The future of Artificial Intelligence in gaming: Westworld might not be far off

The future of Artificial Intelligence in gaming: Westworld might not be far off

We’ve come a long way from the rigid lifeless NPCs of the past to the current breed of realistic and responsive AIs in games such as Grand Theft Auto, Assassins Creed and Far Cry. Bots have become more and more fun to play and interact with over time. Any improvement in a game’s AI can

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Empower Labs x IIIT Hyderabad: Starting up in the product space

Empower Labs x IIIT Hyderabad: Starting up in the product space

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to the outgoing class of engineering 2017 at IIIT Hyderabad. I was invited to their Virtual and Augmented Reality workshop to share my experiences of starting up in India. I grabbed the opportunity to reach out to the bright and diverse student body at IIIT Hyderabad who I

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AR is more than a gimmick, it’s a brand-new way to tell stories

AR is more than a gimmick, it’s a brand-new way to tell stories

When Pokémon Go came out, it captured the imagination of every millennial with the promise of stepping into Ash Ketchum’s shoes. The idea of our favourite story coming alive in the real world was enough to thrust the app to mercurial heights. The game was, however, a let-down in terms of its simplistic mechanics and

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Starting up in Augmented Reality: Our journey from Day zero to Alpha

Starting up in Augmented Reality: Our journey from Day zero to Alpha

We were recently invited to speak at NGDC (Nasscom Game Developers Conference) in Hyderabad on the potential and the challenges of AR/VR for gaming. We were in the presence of innovators in the gaming space from across the world and were pleasantly surprised by how welcoming and close knit the community is. We exhibited the

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Artificial Intelligence needs a morality engine

Artificial Intelligence needs a morality engine

The ‘trolley question’ is one that keeps AI experts up at night What is it that makes us human? There is no simple answer to this question, however, if one were to attempt at an explanation it would invariably include traits such as kindness, morality and empathy. These traits that are so often claimed as

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“Mobile gaming can never be taken seriously”: Platform snobbery is so passé

“Mobile gaming can never be taken seriously”: Platform snobbery is so passé

Gaming communities need to stop the hostility towards ‘mobile gamers’ If you get your panties in a bunch about mobile gaming, then you are part of the problem my friend. It might be time for some deep introspection on why PC and Console elitists might be souring the experience for gamers starting off on mobile.

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Show don’t tell: Why Augmented Reality is branding gold!

Show don’t tell: Why Augmented Reality is branding gold!

Augmented Reality is the perfect tool to craft #Brandstories The simple axiom that was taught to us in kindergarten holds true for branding today. Augmented Reality apps and platforms offer brands the ability to get consumers to engage with brands in ways that were previously impossible. The storytelling possibilities are infinite when it comes to

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What Google’s ‘Project Tango’ means for Augmented Reality

What Google’s ‘Project Tango’ means for Augmented Reality

Mobile Augmented Reality will take off with Project Tango! Augmented Reality enthusiasts can rejoice as Google’s Project Tango is finally taking shape. Devices equipped with Google Tango (Lenovo Phab 2) will be hitting the stores soon and they promise to offer a more refined AR experience on your mobile phone. Amongst other things, Project Tango

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The highs and lows of the ‘Hype train’: Learning from No Man’s Sky

The highs and lows of the ‘Hype train’: Learning from No Man’s Sky

Lessons for game developers from No Man’s Sky No Man’s Sky received the biggest launch an Indie game could hope for. Sean Murray and his crew of 13 at Hello Games were the darlings of the media and no one could stop raving about it since their debut at E3. The concept of an infinite

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Behind the scenes of the Delta T teaser shoot!

Behind the scenes of the Delta T teaser shoot!

Lights, Camera, Engage #TeamDeltaT on location at Bangkok The recently released game teaser for ‘Delta T’ our Augmented Reality MMORPG was entirely shot in Bangkok, Thailand. The puzzled expressions we got from people when we picked Bangkok was part of the reason I chose to write this piece after the shoot. We also wanted to

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The scary yet exciting journey of building DeltaT

The scary yet exciting journey of building DeltaT

What goes on behind the scenes of DeltaT? Developing a game as complex as ‘DeltaT’ is as much a feat as producing a Hollywood blockbuster. When we set out to make India’s first Augmented Reality MMORPG, we knew that the going would be tough. The major competitor in the market Ingress, made by Niantic, had

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AR is making a huge comeback through Pokemon Go and Snapchat!

AR is making a huge comeback through Pokemon Go and Snapchat!

Media Pundits who are now celebrating the success of Pokemon Go had all but written it off after the debacle of ‘Google Glass’. It was hailed by the media as the product that was to bring AR into the mainstream and dispel the myth that AR belonged to haloed conference halls, game conventions, and tech

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Pokemon Go beats Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat in terms of usage time

Pokemon Go beats Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat in terms of usage time

Pokémon GO has taken AR by storm! This is what it means for the future The interest in Augmented Reality (AR) has officially peaked with the recent release of the much awaited Pokémon Go. Social media was abuzz with screenshots of people capturing their first Bulbasaur, Pikachus, Squirtles and precious Charizards.  The game has captured

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Augmented Reality: Distilling the facts from fiction

Augmented Reality: Distilling the facts from fiction

It’s time to jump aboard the hype train! No seriously, take a closer look at Augmented Reality as it promises to usher in a brand new ecosystem of everything tech.

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‘Delta T’ An AR MMO game that gives players free will

‘Delta T’ An AR MMO game that gives players free will

When we started to incubate the idea of ‘Delta-T’, we knew we had to have a compelling narrative. We wanted to set it apart from the thousands of games that hit the market every other day.

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Empower Labs is leading the AR revolution in India through gaming

Empower Labs is leading the AR revolution in India through gaming

We are at the cusp of a gaming revolution in India with tech that is redefining our concept of gaming. Augmented Reality is bringing forth interesting

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Truth behind the ‘Time Traveller Ghost’ video that went viral on Youtube

Truth behind the ‘Time Traveller Ghost’ video that went viral on Youtube

The internet was flooded last week with the news of a supposed ‘time traveller ghost’ who walked past closed doors of a convenient store in US.

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