The lights are on
Veteran Member - Level 11
I don't know about you but when I watch scary movies I
always yell at the victims for the stupid choices they make that inevitably
lead their untimely demise. I think this is common place, but of course I'm not
sitting there on the couch next to you when you're watching movies so I can't
say for certain.
Perhaps the worst of these poor choices is when the victim
thinks they have mortally wounded the perpetrator, so they turn their back on
them...and when they look up again the bad guys is either gone...or worse...standing
over them ready to sock them in the kisser.
Sadly, many of our
video game characters (and non-player characters) make many of the same
ill-fated decisions. What seems like common sense to you and me must be missing from
the lines of code that breathe life into our Artificial Intelligence
Your standard every day guard is typically the worst
offender. Can you believe these hired guns are on the payroll to serve and
protect, yet you can flip a light switch off in the room they're in and they
are more inclined to believe something inexplicably went wrong with the lights
than they are an elite soldier (usually this is you) is sneaking around in the
shadows about to do them harm. These are the same guards who usually have
radios but never think to call dispatch when they find something out of order or when
they need back up. I guess that's to be expected when they fall asleep or take
a cigarette break every few minutes.
It's not just the guards though. I'm telling you, if I was
ever in a game where I was a Goomba, I think I would vary my movements, if even
just a little bit. You know how hard it is to jump on a Goomba? It's not hard
at all. And why isn't it hard at all? Because they never seem to vary their movements.
They take a set path which is pretty easy for Mario and his cronies to observe
the pattern before making their moves. Imagine Mario preparing to jump on a
Goomba with random pathing forcing you to stay on your toes and time your jump...or at least think about it a little. I would want to be
a Goomba like that.
I'm not a huge fan of Grand Theft Auto (I think they are
great games, just not something I've ever been interested in), but I've watched
enough of them to know one of the most common practices is jacking cars. I
mean, the name is Grand Theft Auto...so what did you expect you would be doing. I've
watched people play the game, and others like it, and stealing cars seems
Stand in front of car. Car stops. Pull person from car. Get
in car. Drive off.
Voila, you have a new car.
But let's think about this for a second. If you saw someone
you didn't know waving a gun in the air and flagging you down...would you just
stop and let them take your car? I think not. If you stop - you die. I would
run them over or I would flip the car around and head in the opposite
direction. Nope, not our computer AI...let me stop and get out of the car. You
can have it. Here, take it.
I could go probably list a few more examples if I thought
about it a bit longer, but it's already late and my Titanfall is ready. There
are minions to eliminate. Ah, minions. Why do they run towards a titan that
towers above them and is mostly unaffected by the pea shooters most of the
minions carry? I dunno. That's about as wise as camping at Camp Crystal Lake
and sneaking out after dark to go make out in the woods. It never ends well.