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The Resident Evil 7 Collector’s Edition Comes With a Tiny Haunted House

For the past 20 years, the Resident Evil franchise has been the leader of horror video games with its creepy design, monstrous creatures, and more than two dozen titles in its library. However, the upcoming Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has outdone itself with a special collector’s edition release, which comes with a detailed 8-inch model of the Baker plantation mansion from the video game, Engadget reports.

The limited edition haunted house replica comes with flashing LED lights and speakers, as it doubles as a spooky music box. It plays a sample of “Go Tell Aunt Rhody,” the main theme from Resident Evil 7. The collector’s edition—which is exclusive to GameStop—also comes with an old VHS tape box, a metal case, a severed bloody finger that doubles as a 4GB USB stick, a lithograph of the Baker family, and a mysterious creepy note that reads, “I shall dash you against the stones,” which is a verse from the Bible.

The Resident Evil 7: Biohazard collector’s edition, which will be released on January 24, 2017, will retail for $179.99 and will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The video game is also available on PC, but not the special collector’s edition with all the extra goodies.

[h/t Engadget]

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“The castle ground snarled with a wave of magically magnified wind.”

So begins the 13th chapter of the latest Harry Potter installment, a text called Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash. OK, so it’s not a J.K. Rowling original—it was written by artificial intelligence. As The Verge explains, the computer-science whizzes at Botnik Studios created this three-page work of fan fiction after training an algorithm on the text of all seven Harry Potter books.

The short chapter was made with the help of a predictive text algorithm designed to churn out phrases similar in style and content to what you’d find in one of the Harry Potter novels it "read." The story isn’t totally nonsensical, though. Twenty human editors chose which AI-generated suggestions to put into the chapter, wrangling the predictive text into a linear(ish) tale.

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Some parts are far more simplistic than Rowling would write them, but aren’t exactly wrong with regards to the Harry Potter universe. Like: “Magic: it was something Harry Potter thought was very good.” Indeed he does!

It ends with another bit of prose that’s not exactly Rowling’s style, but it’s certainly an accurate analysis of the main current that runs throughout all the Harry Potter books. It reads: “‘I’m Harry Potter,’ Harry began yelling. ‘The dark arts better be worried, oh boy!’”

Harry Potter isn’t the only work of fiction that Jamie Brew—a former head writer for ClickHole and the creator of Botnik’s predictive keyboard—and other Botnik writers have turned their attention to. Botnik has previously created AI-generated scripts for TV shows like The X-Files and Scrubs, among other ridiculous machine-written parodies.

To delve into all the magical fiction that Botnik users have dreamed up, follow the studio on Twitter.

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