Hey Alexa, where’s Blind Mary? Activision and Amazon put game advice on personal assistants

Among hardcore MMORPG players, particularly vets of a certain age, there’s a longstanding grudge against the shift toward being able to look up every single thing about the game on some website somewhere. If that describes you, you’re definitely not going to like the evolution of that – you won’t even have to type your dumb questions, just shout them into the air.

We’re talking about the ubiquitous branded personal assistant, of course – specifically, Amazon’s Alexa, which in partnership with Activision is now beta testing a “personal voice-controlled reconnaissance scout” in Call of Duty that” grants the player “critical intel, personalized instruction and essential after-action reports in real-time so you can take your game to the next level.”

Call of Duty analyzes your in-game performance to make personal recommendations, such as game mode strategies, optimized loadouts, and areas where you can improve. The more you play, the more effective Call of Duty’s intel will become. […] You might miss a shot, but Call of Duty won’t. Logging every bullet of every match, Call of Duty delivers up-to-the-minute access for key measurable stats. From K/D ratio and winning percentage to how many objective points you’ve secured, Call of Duty knows all.”

Call of Duty today, MMOs tomorrow? Nope, this isn’t creepy at all. We can’t imagine how this could possibly be abused.

Source: Official site, VentureBeat. Thanks, Sally!
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Toy Clown

I’m still waiting for MMOs to become holo-decks!

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Chosenxeno .

Obviously a long ways off from that but Skyrim VR has given me a crazy amount of hope for the future and MMORPGs in VR. I know it’s not an MMORPG but most of it is in Skyrim and it’s glorious.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Rolan Storm

Good one. :D

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Jaymes Buckman

Are gaming tips really that new? GameFAQs has been around with its insanely detailed walkthroughs forever.

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Mailvaltar

The internet doesn’t exist since ‘forever’ mate. ;-)
Obviously you haven’t reached that certain age Bree was talking about yet.

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Arktouros

I love the information outrage.

I made such a ridiculous sum of money in Secret World by figuring out the puzzles then selling the solutions to people before they were thrown up online a few days later. I hate I got was unreal, but I was setup pretty much rest of the game selling solutions to puzzles in the first few days.

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Minimalistway

I would love it if games provide in-game tools to find something, i mean if i want to find a mob or an item i would love it if i can ask an NPC who guide me to a place or another NPC, i want to know how to craft something? i ask a blacksmith or a tailor, i want to learn ability? i ask a trainer … etc.

But this require a lot of work from developers, which i think many of them are happy that websites provide databases for everything, i’ll admit some games need that because there is no way a player can know or understand many systems/items without outside help from websites.

As for Alexa and any other same devices: please don’t buy them.

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deekay_plus

As for Alexa and any other same devices: please don’t buy them.

but if we don’t then how can we be silly by asking her to set a timer for two minutes to see if ireally do smoke and back to my pc desk in less than two minutes? :D

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deekay_plus

didn’t ghost recon or destiny 2 have this and it was stupid af with super useless commands and info?

ofc they could have improved (or these devs having a better idea of what to do with it than bungie?) the idea of it i guess or fleshed it out more or added more content to it.

been thinking of getting one of these things for the novelty factor. snelly has one and we play with it now and then on voice and it’s kind of funny.