A fun one, this. You know how there are four endings to the first-person lost-in-space style exploration Event [official site], right? Well, if you did know that then you know more than the developers themselves, apparently.
RPS Feature Independent Games Festival
It’s time to use to our radio voice. The RPS Electronic Wireless Show has historically been our not-very-regular podcast where we gather to tell each other how wrong we are about videogames. But this month it has mutated into something different. In the lead-up to this year’s Independent Games Festival, we interviewed a whole bunch of developers, all of whom have been nominated for some kind of award this year. We’ll be talking to them about sex, politics, and other things we’ve never understood.
RPS Feature HAL's Story
Futureshock: one day in some strange year to come, Event [official site], a game primarily about simulating conversation between you and a possibly self-aware AI, will seem like a vaguely absurd relic of an innocent past. From my festering chair in the retirement home, I will stave off loneliness by holding convincing conversations with Google Deep Mind or AppleSoft Siri or Sony Zangief or Trumpatron 3000 Gold. A videogame in which I converse with a rudimentary AI that can only really offer canned responses to keywords? Might as well play Space Invaders.
Even so, lost in spacey / chatbot adventure Event has very clever tricks up its sleeve, and hints of where videogame conversation might or should one day go. Its tinman has a heart.
Alice: A.L.I.C.E. hen, do you remember our little chat about Event [official site]? You know, the first-person adventure game where an astronaut is trapped with an unstable AI and chats with it by typing out actual proper sentences – like talking with a chatbot.
A.L.I.C.E.: That’s me. Have you ever been to Mexico? Give me a hint.
Alice: I see how this is going to be. I haven’t, no – I’m more wet and icy than dry and hot. But look, the point is that Event0 finally has a release window. Would you like to know when that is?
A.L.I.C.E.: Where do you see it? Me either. Sorry my eye is not attached right now. Yes, please tell me about it.