Global Chat: Do MMOs need help from artificial intelligence?


With tech news becoming more and more dominated by the sophistication and place of artificial intelligence, blogger Tobold asks if AI might be the thing to spice up MMOs and keep them fresh long after their expiration dates.

“Instead of pouring more money into graphics that are getting exponentially more expensive for little gains, why not improve the AI of games, which has been a widely neglected field in game design?” he asks. “AI could break the curse of the MMO, just by being good at pretending to be random average people, not by being exceptionally good at playing the game.”

Gamer Lady looked back at a very long history with SWTOR: “And that brings me to why I finally decided it was time to hang up the blasters and stash the lightsabers. I’ve noticed a trend in the last few content release cycles of being annoyed while playing through them.”

Tales of the Aggronaut highly recommends Last Epoch for your gaming consideration: “The group at Eleventh Hour Games seems to be constantly evolving the game to make it better. The multiplayer patch really brought Last Epoch into the pantheon of great ARPGs for me.”

Sir Probably Not Appearing In These Dungeons

Laurel’s LOTRO Den brought us up to speed on the lore of the recent Angmar update: “The new political landscape of Angmar resembles the old: It’s fragmented and locked in struggle for dominance… not only between the warring factions of Hillmen, but also due to the intervention of the Iron Crown, led by the High-Priestess Ásachal.”

Heartless Gamer wonders how fast the New World season pass can be completed: “I’m not against maximizing return in a video game, but I think this shows a poor design to the season pass where experience is rewarded lump sum and the potions apply to those lump sums.”

The Ancient Gaming Noob reviews a half-year of Wrath Classic: “Otherwise it has been interesting to see what has grabbed me and what has not. I thought, for example, that I would be more interested in leveling up some alts, that working my way through the quest lines of each zone would keep me invested.”

Galactic Antics has some early thoughts on SWTOR’s Season 4: “Okay, sure, cost-cutting measures mean that the chances of a fully-voice-acted companion happening anytime soon are slim, but I do find Amity speaking selonian to be… I dunno. It feels weird that he should be able to speak it exactly as they do (courtesy of reusing pre-recorded stuff), complete with accent and hissing sounds, but maybe it could work?”

Every day there are tons of terrific, insightful, and unusual articles posted across the MMO gaming blogosphere — and every day, Justin reads as many as he can. Global Chat is a sampling of noteworthy essays, rants, and guides from the past few weeks of MMO discourse.
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