Video games have managed to penetrate so deeply into popular culture that they are now definitely part of daily life, being cited or used for totally serious activities. One of the best examples is when they are used to teach in the classroom or are even named in government meetings, as when one of the military advisers of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, indicated that Russia is possibly preparing a ‘Zerg Rush’ against the nation, a term that is used in the popular video game StarCraft.
You can read: Ukraine fears that Russia is preparing a Zerg Rush like in StarCraft to take over the country
And it is precisely this game that has been used again, but this time for a thesis called “Strategy Recognition in StarCraft II Through Machine Learning”, presented by a student from the Santa María Technical University named Nicolás Pino, which was presented via Zoom and then uploaded to YouTube for our delight and that of future generations.
In the presentation, Nicolás indicates that there are different fields that offer interesting challenges for Artificial Intelligence, adding that in particular his presentation focuses on the real-time strategy video game StarCraft II, since “the reason why this game in particular is of interest to the discipline, it can be attributed to the fact that StarCraft II can be perceived as the quintessence of the genre”.
“It combines elements of intricate strategy as in the case of chess, with decision making in the face of limited information as in Poker,” says the student.
Presentation that in the end is praised by the teachers, especially by the guide teacher Francklin Rivas Echeverria who said that they found his work “fabulous”, also congratulating him for his writing and the fair timing of a presentation that he described as excellent.
Look at Nicolás’s face of gamer pride
You can see the presentation in the following video that if you are a lifelong fan of StarCraft II, it will surely be the best 56 minutes you will see this week, which I personally praise because it highlights many things that we fans of video games love and always defend.
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