It’s rare that a game can make people understand modern concepts better without being an edutainment title which is usually not a lot of fun. In while True: learn(), the premise is already pretty neat, as one tries to build a cat-to-human speech recognition system, after the feline friend of the programmer has found a solution to a problem its human couldn’t figure out himself.
Based on real-life machine learning technologies, the game offers various challenges in the form of puzzles, e.g. how to make self-driving cars a reality. One doesn’t need any programming skills, but one soon learns how to become a real technological wizard. There’s also a bit of management involved, as with each problem solved, one earns money that can be invested in one’s start-up company, e.g. new hardware or even one’s own life accessories, including outfits or upgrades for the cat.
while True: learn() was originally released in January 2019 and is now available DRM-free on GOG with a 20% launch discount that lasts until April 30, 2021, at 1 PM UTC. The Mega Map of Machine Learning (a big infographic about technologies, especially machine learning history, that could be used as an in-class poster, again highlighting the educational benefits of this game), Art Pack, and soundtrack are also 10% off their original prices, and if one buys everything together, an additional 10% discount will be applied.