Monday, 27 July 2009

...Darkness shall ever afterwards bring with it those frightful ideas...

I was talking to a friend earlier about Left 4 Dead; he was saying that he usually played as Bill as, when he didn’t, Bill always ended up startling the Witch.

Now, this is most likely rubbish… As far as I am aware, there is no difference between the various characters in L4D, but I find it interesting when people start attributing human characteristics to AI routines.

For instance, many years ago, I spent vast amounts of time playing the original Unreal Tournament. I got it into my head that Locke (one of the AI controlled Bots) had a personal vendetta against me; he always managed to nail me, always seemed slightly faster and more accurate. I eventually started to loathe him, and every match with him in became a grudge match.

Of course, it turned out that I’d once fiddled with the Bot settings and had happened to turn up Locke’s skill adjustment to max… Still, it’s a good story, and ended up making the game more fun.

I’m going to write up some stuff about Warhammer Online later, so stay tuned for that…


  1. Hey! Guess what? I was playing Left 4 Dead earlier and i played as Zoey (i find the way she yells 'Boomer!' quite alluring) ... guess what Bill did? Yep, that's right, he woke up the friggin witch and got himself friggin killed ... again!

  2. I swear dude, it's all in your head. Bill wouldn't do that shit.