A Thought on Bots: An Open Letter to Modders, Programmers, and Valve Employees
( Steam kept giving me errors when trying to publish the whole thing, so instead I've posted the bulk of my original post to a blog I had created for some reason. Apologies. )
Over the last week I've played with both vanilla bots and bots with better behavior provided by the Improved Bots (Advanced) mod created by Ziggy. The obvious question would be why I only played with bots. The simple answer is shuddup, fool
my internet is bad and the best that can be hoped for is MMOs. While I truely understand that programming is a difficult thing to do, they're far from being proper partners. That said, this is a game meant to be played with a group of friends so Bots shouldn't really be the focus of the game.
Knowing that tinkering with Bot programming on a game that came out in 2009 probably isn't high on a to-do list, I got bored and decided to conceptualize behavior that would make an A.I. controlled team able to get through a game by themselves and do it well. Maybe even on Advanced.
I suppose the whole point of this would be to get the impressions of Modders, Programmers, Valve Employees, and even the common man, and ask just how much of the below A.I. Behavior would be possible to program or change. And if possible, the difficulty that such a behavior would present.
*WARNING: This is amatuer work created by a man bored out of his skull in between waiting for custom campaigns to download from the workshop. Said man is in no way a Programmer and any advice on Programming should likely be taken behind a woodshed and shot. The following should not be taken as yet another complaint about Bots and instead should be seen as an exercise in theoritical A.I. behavior programming or whatever that means. Much love to Valve for letting people get the game for free in the Christmas of 2013 and allowing poor fools like me to play a wonderful game and then subsequently get thrown off a roof by a Tank.*
( Read the rest of my post, which is just technical stuff that will probably bore most people to tears, by following the link to the blog I mentioned at the top. Once again, apologies. )http://watchingrickshaws.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-thought-on-bots-open-letter-to.html