This AI “solves” Super Mario Bros. and other classic NES games...
Program even takes advantage of bugs and glitches.
In the 28 years since Super Mario Bros. was released, and it's obviously been
comprehensively beaten, thoroughly, many thousands of times in that time by
players around the world. But have you ever made the game beat itself?
That's what computer scientist Tom Murphy has done. At SigBovik 2013, he presented a program that "solves" how to play Super Mario Bros., or any other NES game, like it's just another kind of mathematical problem. And for those who know that SigBovik is an annual computer science conference dedicated to spoof research, hosted on April 1 every year, Murphy stresses that this is "100 percent real."
He outlines his method in a paper, "The First Level of Super Mario Bros. is Easy with Lexicographic Orderings and Time Travel... after that it gets a little tricky," but he also presented the results in the video you can see with this story.
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A long time ago, on a website far far away...
A long time ago on a website far far away there was.... Mario, 2001 to be precise. This was on my original site which was called "Super Mario Portal"; a once thriving community of fan artists, writers, game makers and comic creators which due to my own personal circumstances at the time I had to abandon. This site is my attempt to recreate a bit of what SMP was, but since those days things have changed quite a lot in the sense that all the "biggest and best" fan sites are all based on Wiki's (With a few exceptions of course such as The Mushroom Kingdom which is to me a fantastic oldschool Mario site, the way I believe they should be...) bringing that back will be far from easy.
When I disappeared from the net for years while I sorted things irl I left behind some great people who had formed part of our old community. Over the coming weeks I will be adding works by those people; particularly some of the Comic series' that we used to host - taking into account the bulk of this happening in 2003-2004 and those people are significantly older now, I am prepared for taking some abuse for putting up work from when they were 8 etc ;-)
A few of the names of major contributors I can remember; Mariofan9, Darkangel175532, GRiM, DeBug, Sam, Joker, PopManW, Mariomeha, Madspikey, cheatmaster-30, Chris, Coldkiller, Toadfan8, SchwarzerWind, Nintendork and N-Cubed. If I used to work with you and have missed your name - its not because I'm rude, time has just ravaged me; Thanks to all of you - and if you are still alive, feel free to contact me ;-)
For those of you who didn't catch Super Mario Portal first time round - you have a lot of Fan Comics to look forward to seeing for the first time coming over the next few weeks - a lot of which I have added already so please do check them out!Write comment (0 Comments)
It's alive... again
Yep, its alive.... I have just refreshed various sections of the site including our Games list, Wii section, Nintendo DS section, Nintendo 3DS section; I have also added a section for the Wii U which has also come out since my last proper update and info on all the games that I hadn't yet added.
Also removed all the dead links from our affiliates/links - what a shame to see yet more of the oldschool Mario sites disappear. If any of the staff/webmasters still wanted to be involved in some Mario webbing, feel free to contact me I'd never say no to your assistance :)Write comment (0 Comments)