Bot Colony

Bot Colony

Pulling the plug on Bot Colony

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Neko Koneco Mar 7, 2015 @ 4:36pm 
I hadn't even heard about this. I think more people would have supported this project if they had known of its existence.
Nuclear Kangaroo Mar 7, 2015 @ 8:04am 
hopefully the future will present you with better opportunities, i wish only the best for you
[SOT]Evilbill Feb 15, 2015 @ 10:05pm 
This is why you shouldn't buy early access anything.
BotColony  [developer] Feb 13, 2015 @ 4:43am 
UberFiend wrote
I believe (perhaps erroneously) the subscription model turned people off.

We turned it off when we launched the second episode. Because we stopped the subscription, we also had to stop offering Dragon. With rear vision, that was very BAD for the game - given the performance of Microsoft. The Dragon model was us paying them for every month of every player who ever purchased. PERHAPS we could have negotiated a per episode fee. Anyway, that all 'could have, should have' stuff. Question is: was this why Bot Colony didn't get enough customers? BTW, there's been more action on Bot Colony in the last month than ever - maybe because a few people cared and told their friends.
UberFiend Feb 12, 2015 @ 10:09pm 
Very very sad.

I believe (perhaps erroneously) the subscription model turned people off.
AgentM83 Feb 10, 2015 @ 3:47pm 
This makes me very sad, and I hope all the praise that a lone voice can muster will be some comfort to you all as you move on to something else. I was a regular player, and I can see the heart, mind, and talent that was put into it. Natural conversation with characters, to add social engagement to the tools available to a player to immerse in and interact with a virtual world, that IS groundbreaking and mind blowing, and I predict the interactive media industries will catch up to your sentiment and execution some time. Will the knowledge and research you'd acquired and conducted in developing this at least hopefully help move that forward, live on in future projects and technology? How can we watch out for you all and your involvement in future endeavors?
wangzhikai Feb 5, 2015 @ 9:00am 
The owner of this project has very strong personality, given his age. Anyway, I still worked under him for quite a period given I myself has my own problems.
I don't think a not so easy going person will let it go easily.
Like the Hollywood ventures, there should preludes afterludes etc.
wangzhikai Feb 5, 2015 @ 8:59am 
4. About talking to robots, this team spent quite some effort to make the Intelligent agents giving smooth responds through network/Internet. Please remember Internet was designed to be fail-safe nest or like, not a strong synchronzied communication utility. After this is to some sense 'working', then let's say 'understanding'. In real life, how long will it take to get two strangers understand each other even not very well. So there is a paradox to get the player immediately ready for the game and the research on nature language understanding. This is not my area. Just discuss how human beings adapt to understand each other. There needs consensus, willingness to get bored even, to get information needed from the counterpart.
wangzhikai Feb 5, 2015 @ 8:59am 
2. From my point of view, this project in the capital market, is a light medium venture toward the low end. The talents it got are not the best in the world, but the best it can get. If it is a high end one, with all kinds fighting gears -- PR, marketing, a national research lab, advices from the gold fingers, as an engineer, I don't make unrealistic assumptions.
3. Engineering should be a disciplined practice. Words should not count. As almost the first engineering class in my China college, I was told 'write it down, sign it'. If your bridge collapses, you be prosecuted. This is not something funny, that is why you see engineers are mostly dumb and conservative persons. While, this project is to some sense a relaxing RD work. Finally, it is sad to see the owner selling his own house for words of some other people not realized. :(
wangzhikai Feb 5, 2015 @ 8:58am 
As a former team member of Bot Colony, please allow me to drop some cents.
I always to like to watch two movies 'the longest day' and 'a bridge too far'. They are all about a large operation, and particularly how a guy (maybe a gal) survive in such scenarios. Particularly about a person gaining things they want like fame, honour, sense of accomplishment regardless of death etc.
I also like to read the article about operation 'market garden' in Wikipedia.
Given the major objectives not accomplished, there are still something gained:
1. The first thing, Bot Colony gave many young graduates and old graduates a chance. Some of them were really in a very desperate situation, with family kids, no job, no work permit. Of course, this project also denied many.