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Akinator

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Akinator
Akinator.svg
Developer(s)Elokence
EngineLimule
Platform(s)
Release2007
Genre(s)Twenty questions
Mode(s)Single-player

Akinator is a video game developed by French company Elokence. During gameplay, it attempts to determine what fictional or real-life character the player is thinking of by asking a series of questions (like the game Twenty Questions). It uses an artificial intelligence program that learns the best questions to ask through its experience with players.

Gameplay[edit]

Before beginning the questionnaire, the players must think of a real or fictional character.[1] Akinator initiates a series of questions, with "Yes", "No", "Probably", "Probably not" and "Don't know" as possible answers, to narrow down the potential character.[2][3] If the answer is narrowed down to a single likely option before 25 questions are asked, the program will automatically ask whether the character it chose is correct. If the character is guessed wrong few times in a row, then the game will prompt the user to input the character's name, to expand its database of choices.[1]

Development[edit]

The game is based on the Limule program made by Elokence, and runs on an internally designed algorithm.[1]

Reception[edit]

L'Express rated Akinator a 5 out of 5 on their list of iPhone Apps of the Week for September 9, 2009.[4] Excite France stated that Akinator "is just that interactive. It is revolutionary, attractive, and entertaining."[5]

In Europe, the game reached its peak popularity in 2009.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Franz Lichtenegger (July 12, 2017). "Warum kann der "Akinator" noch immer unsere Gedanken lesen?". Vice (in German). Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Chaney, Jen (August 3, 2010). "Summer time-waster: Stumping the Akinator". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-10-15. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  3. ^ "Akinator, el genio que leerá tu mente". Medio Tiempo (in Spanish). October 19, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "Paybuddy, Stand o'food et Akinator". L'Express (in French). September 9, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  5. ^ "Akinator, vraiment le plus fort!". Excite France (in French). November 23, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2011.

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