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Occupy White Walls’ artificial intelligence just got a smarty-pants upgrade

One of the core features of Occupy White Walls that you have to wrap your head around is the game’s ARTificial intelligence, D.A.I.S.Y. The AI is singularly focused on helping players figure out what kind of art they like and introduce them to other pieces that they might find appealing.

This AI just got a major upgrade this week with version 1.5, which improved her revision algorithm that makes these player predictions and recommendations actually work. If she gets a recommendation wrong, she’ll be able to adjust 35% faster than before. D.A.I.S.Y. is also enjoying an influx of 2,000 new art pieces, thanks to Washington’s National Gallery of Art.

“She has not only been learning about new art, but has gained better multi-layered abductive reasoning about why you might like a new painting,” the developers announced. “What does that mean for you? Well a whole lot because she is now up to 50% more accurate in suggesting you art that really moves you.”

Get ready to be moved with a video of a player-created art gallery after the jump!

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‘Hipster MineCraft’ Occupy White Walls patches in a new launcher and UI update

Ready to delve into the weird world of Occupy White Walls, which one outlet labeled as “hipster MineCraft?” The public alpha of the art-centric multiplayer game continues, with Patch 1.777 arriving on the servers this week.

The patch shores up some of the foundations of the game, such as a brand new launcher, an editing window for UI elements, the ability to place visitors at a certain spot when they spawn into your gallery, and “new awesome lasers assets, pew pew.”

The dev team attempted to describe the game in an interview by saying, “OWW is a new type of MMO for creative people in which the actual gameplay is creativity and self-expression. Different players will aim for different things; some will be all about in-game creativity — through building, designing and decorating their spaces — others will focus on discovering new art and curating their collections, while artists will aim to spread their own work around and directly interact with fans. All of this is happening within an abstract (and gorgeous) social experiment.”

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Artsy MMO Occupy White Walls patches in new assets, including a bar

Back in April, we first covered in-development MMORPG Occupy White Walls, a “PC sandbox-building, AI-driven MMO where people play with Art” rather than wander around as genocidal axe-murderers, complete with gobs of actual historical art, architectural assets, and a mysterious AI on the loose throughout the strange museum setting. Developer Stikipixels has made available only a solo building mode so far, with plans to develop for “guilds of people” and an anti-lootbox, “fair-to-play” business model.

Most recently, the game has patched up to version 1.666, which is “filled to the brim with fixes, improvements and new assets for you to play with,” the devs write in their email blast. The patch reportedly includes new concrete walls and doorways, turntable assets, trees, modular grass floors, neon text, cabinet assets, and bars – but “no drinks (yet).”

It’s in closed open alpha, so you can sign right up on the official site to go check it out right now.

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Betawatch: Defiance’s beta, TERA’s console launch, and Eliot’s in the brig (April 6, 2018)

Welcome back to another look at all the MMO beta happenings of the week! I’ve stashed Eliot in the brig so that I can take over Betawatch and do some extra work on Friday! Wait, I’m not really sure I’m doing griefing right. Anyway, here’s what’s up.

  • Defiance 2050 is hunting for beta testers! Make sure you’re all signed up.
  • TERA formally launched on consoles, bringing an end to its beta.
  • Soulworker likewise moved from soft launch to full launch.
  • Made of money? A big chunk of cash will get you into Pantheon’s pre-alpha next month.
  • We got our hands on Conan Exiles’ launch build (and loved it).
  • Ashes of Creation is targeting fourth quarter 2018 for its alpha one launch.
  • Camelot Unchained is testing, testing, testing.
  • Crowfall is now in 5.5 pre-alpha, having introduced a new map and lady centaurs.
  • Arcfall may still be in pre-alpha, but now it’s also free-to-play.
  • Star Citizen rolled out 3.1 and then 3.1.1, but then rolled back to just 3.1 because bugs.
  • And Occupy White Walls was the bright star of the week, offering alpha testers the chance to play around in an MMO art gallery.

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Occupy White Walls is the most bizarre new MMORPG we’ve seen in years

Are you tired of being a murder hobo in MMORPGs, tasked with little more than mindless slaughter in between gear grinds, achievement hustles, and lockbox shenanigans? If so, you’re going to want to take a look at Occupy White Walls, which is not actually an April Fools’ Day joke. Developer StikiPixels is calling it a “PC sandbox-building, AI-driven MMO where people play with Art,” complete with gobs of actual historical art, architectural assets, and oh yeah, a mysterious AI on the loose throughout the museum-ish setting. The website’s whimsical, quirky prose should give you an idea what you’re getting into.

“Once you’ve built it, fill it. Your aesthetics, your interests even your art. Curate your own collection from hundreds of thousands of artworks, from the old masters to faeces on canvas. Learn, explore and comment on art. You will find art you didn’t know you’ll love and a new generation of artists will find the audience they deserve. Don’t know anything about art? No matter. Our Radical AI Discovery Engine (D.A.I.S.Y) learns your taste in art and helps you find art you’ll love, and keep you away from stuff you’ll loathe.”

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