“My name is Brendan,” I say to the robot. “I will call you Brendan from now on,” it replies. “What’s my name, robot?” “I am a robot.” Bot Colony is a game in which you give voice commands to a robot via your microphone. It’s a bit broken.
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2 years ago
Every week we send Brendan to investigate the seedy underworld of early access. This time, interrogating the robots of Bot Colony [official site]. Bot Colony, according to its own boast, is “the first video game featuring intelligent conversation as its key gameplay feature”. You speak into a microphone and ask questions of the robot characters, or give them commands. You might remember Chris attempting to…
5 years ago
Each Monday, Chris Livingston visits an early access game and reports back with stories about whatever he finds inside. This week, speaking with robots, and the resulting loss of his sanity, in Bot Colony. Science-fiction writers love driving robots crazy, from Speedy in Asimov's "Runaround" to Ash attempting a magazine-murder in Alien. Is it time for a robot to drive a human crazy instead? Considering…