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"Bot Colony offers the player a credible experience of interaction with artificial intelligence. Novels like A Space Odyssey and I Robot, and movies such as Blade Runner wonderfully romanticized Artificial Intelligence, but as of yet no work of art has made AI truly interactive (dialogue-tree based games notwithstanding). Bot Colony does away with canned, pre-scripted responses and makes artificial intelligence real, allowing the player to experience the eerie feeling of interacting with intelligent AI characters through speech."
So let me try and explain this game as I understand it. Basically you walk around the game world freely conversing with the NPCs to try and solve a mystery. I don't think this game really fits in any current genre so I'll just call it a 'detective game' :)
Obviously the game requires a mic to play since you have to talk to the NPCs. What is interesting though is what happens after you say something to the NPC. That is computed on a back end server (yeah a cloud service), this then generates a response that is sent back to the client side. The AI handling this apparently has been in off and on development for a looong time, about 10 years I believe.
So why do I think MS should try to bring this to X1? Well some reasons are pretty straightforward, the X1 has a mic out the box and back end server support that could easily spin up the AI. I think this game would be an obvious showcase for some of the new features MS wants to demonstrate on their new console. Another big reason is that the devs are currently taking on the backend service renting cost themselves. It's why the game has a $2.95 monthly charge. MS could obviously play a roll in alleviating at least some of that cost with their Azure platform.
Anyways, just a thought. I don't know if the game will be any good but it certainly seems like an inventive concept.
It's neat for sure, and this is the kind of thing you can expect with the new Kinect. With everyone having a Kinect as it comes with the console, they will be more inclined to create unique gaming experiences like this. This is a bit...unfinished? But still cool.