Sure, it's E3 and you might think that would take up all our time, but there's always time for someone breaking the Ms Pacman high score, or rather: something.
Microsoft has revealed how it has developed an AI that was able to play a perfect game, smashing the world high score for Ms Pacman by 66,000 and getting the maximum possible score.
According to Twin Galaxies and reported by Sploid, a site that tracks high scores on arcade cabinets, Adner Ashman holds the high score for Ms Pacman with a recorded 266,360. Microsoft's AI, developed by a subsidiary company called Maluuba, scored a whopping 999,990.
The AI assigned every element of the game — the dots, the ghosts, and the high-scoring fruit — a tracker and raised its importance to the player by how close it was to them. Every element was assigned a positive and negative reward and in this way it learned how it should navigate the game. An enemy ghost, for instance, was tracked as a bigger and bigger threat the closer it was to the player, driving the player to move away. If the ghost was edible and nearby, though, then it became a tasty target for the player to chase.
This isn't exactly SkyNet levels of AI but it's cool to see in the video above how an AI dissects a game's elements and processes them to play the game.