Botting, Plotting and Multiboxing
This week I had some serious contact with bots. The industry sure is creative…
It all started when I was dropping my wiki entry on the net. The topic was hard to figure, and after writing a large chunk of the article on ‘torques’ for the English Wikipedia, I realized you spell it in two ways…
Shortly after I realized that creating an entry in Polish would be much easier, so to make my task even more straight-forward I started writing about a foreign game in Polish language. Still, my point was strong, as Fat Princess is one of the best console games ever created (/smile). The Polish Wikipedia administrator approached me and left me a note. The first one said that I should focus on other aspects of the game apart from game mechanics (/smile). So I had to search the web and look for some sense-making-encyclopedic-sources, suggested to me by the half-man half-machine admin (/smile). When I tried to upload a logo of the game, the same character in an extremely automatic way, informed me that screen shots and photographs from games, their covers, posters etc. are forbidden in the Polish Wikipedia.
Still, he didn’t manage to stop me. (/smile)
But this was not my only contact with bots during the week. It really did hit this time.
It happened when I entered the most popular virtual reality: World of Warcraft.
While sorting something out in the city of Stormwind, I saw a giant ‘neon-like’ exposition/performence of characters. It turned out to be an advert of WoW gold-farmer website. It did raise some questions, but to make this situation a bit more engaging I created a short movie which tells the story.
PS: I created this entry in a less academic fashion so I could get some short feedback from You (/smile). Let me know what You think.. Comments are always welcome.