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Bot Colony
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Xapper Aug 8 @ 7:19am 
I can't wait to walk around and say random things to everyone..
-PEves- Mar 31 @ 9:06pm 
Cool. Sounds good.
BotColony  [author] Mar 31 @ 6:33pm 
A few days, hopefully (this week?). The devs have already submitted a few release candidates, but we don't yet have one that's cleared QA.
-PEves- Mar 31 @ 5:08pm 
Any rough ideas when the early access stuff will be going into motion? I have been waiting to get the steam version. I look forward to it. :)
BotColony  [author] Mar 31 @ 9:52am 
(reply continued)
Finally, one of the updates we plan for Intruder (Intruder Sandbox) will be to get Jimmy to mess up the house, make videos of it and post them – this has great potential for players to get creative and have fun!
We'll be selling a core game package that includes Intruder (playable) and the first two story episodes, Arrival (playable) and Riot (pre-order) when moving to Early Access in the near future. Our story episodes will feature a wide variety of experiences.

Remember, we're still in Alpha so there's a good chunk of content, polish and new gameplay to come, as we ramp up.

Also bear in mind: the version of Intruder you are playing will be updated soon. Yes, even the training mission will improve :)
Thanks for your feedback about the tablet and camera position!

BotColony  [author] Mar 31 @ 9:51am 
This has been one of the challenges with making Intruder publicly available, or when it's been featured in trailers:
Intruder is the game's communications training level, where you don't play as your own third-person avatar in a story episode yet. Later this week we will put gameplay trailers up on Steam, and you’ll see the expanded training level, where you also conduct an investigation. Arrival and Riot are completely different in terms of gameplay. To form an impression about ‘the game’, you need to play the first story episode, Arrival.

Intruder is about learning the basics of robot communication and how to interact in the game using words. Instructing a robot to re-assemble a crime scene after a theft is part of this training, but there's actually more to discover about the background of the family's house (and more to come in future updates!). You can also teach the robot new commands in Intruder.

Nepoxx Mar 30 @ 11:31am 
So, I've bought the first episode of Bot Colony and tried it yesterday. Here's a summary of my experience: first of all, I spent more time downloading and installing the game than I did actually playing the game. Oh, and I use the term "game" very loosely here.

The game uses Dragon Naturally Speaking to transform what you say into text for the game. Dragon works just fine, however talking doesn't add ANYTHING to the game as you can simply type instead of talking (it works way, way better).

In any case, the game itself is horrible. I mean-stabbing-myself-in-the-eyes-with-a-rusted-knife terrible. The tutorial is aweful... you start by looking for a tablet which is right BEHIND you when you start. I mean, what the hell, why would you put the objective right behind where the player starts?! In any case, once I spent way too much time setting up the voice recognition, the real "fun" began.
Nepoxx Mar 30 @ 11:30am 
(comment continued)
I had to chat with a robot that would recognize very few pre-programmed sentences. Then I had to find misplaced objects (basically a game of comparing two pictures) and then tell a robot to repostion them. Yup, the game is about cleaning up a house, in the most awkward way possible. It would have taken me 20 seconds to click the items and reposition them, but by telling the robots what to do, it would have taken 45 minutes to do so (not exagerating one bit). And that's all yout get for your money: 45 minutes of impossible compare-the-two-pictures gameplay that doesn't work.

The idea might be good, but talking to a game does not work. It's not fun by any measure of "fun". You could use this "technology" (which has been around for decade now) to make a language teaching software, a multimedia tool, but not a game. This is simply not fun. It's the opposite of fun. Too bad for my money :(
-PEves- Feb 19 @ 5:52pm 
Right on! I have been anticipating this game since we discussed it on Kickstarter. Thanks for all of your feedback by the way. I appreciate it, and I am sure other people do as well.
BotColony  [author] Feb 19 @ 10:26am 
I can confirm your payment did not go through. The problems with the registration and purchasing funnel have been fixed. We should be on Steam Early Access sometime next week with Alpha 5 ( a new version of Bot Colony ),
-PEves- Feb 17 @ 11:20pm 
After trying to make my payment the page after loaded as a white page and it decided to hang there. I don't believe my payment went through though. Once it gets onto steam I know that will be a good easy way to purchase it. Perhaps I will wait for that.
-PEves- Feb 17 @ 9:22pm 
Yeah that was the issue. I used my other email and a new nickname on the form it gives me and it brought me forward to the method of payment page.
-PEves- Feb 17 @ 9:18pm 
Okay so I think I figured out what the issue is.

I have an account already, and it is logged in. Then when I press Buy and I choose a package I want to purchase it tells me I need to Register to purchase.

Then it gives me a form to fill out.

Since I am already logged in it shouldn't be asking me to fill out a registration form but it does anyway.
-PEves- Feb 17 @ 9:04pm 
Awesome. I am dying to try it out!
BotColony  [author] Feb 17 @ 9:00pm 
When it rains, it pours...:-) Midnight here now, we'll try to sort this out too, tomorrow.
-PEves- Feb 17 @ 8:10pm 
Looks like your service provider isn't doing a very good job of providing.
-PEves- Feb 17 @ 8:00pm 
Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.

<communitymgr@botcolony.com>:
Remote host said: 550 #5.1.0 Address rejected. [RCPT_TO]
-PEves- Feb 17 @ 7:23pm 
I know from past experiences with you guys that you are dedicated to your fans and you are serioius about this project. I know you will figure it out. Thanks for the feedback. That guy didn't have to talk to you that way. Name calling doesn't accomplish anything.
BotColony  [author] Feb 17 @ 5:19pm 
Actually, there DOES seem to be a problem, we just got this:

You dillweeds have no function to resend activation link! What's wrong
with you? now I have a mail with a faulty activation link and can't log
in because my username is 'taken'. BY THE ACCOUNT I CANT ACTIVATE!
brilliant work, guys. and you're supposed to program robots? we're doomed.

REPLY:

You seem to be correct, and we're on it. The only things I can say in our defence is that the people who programmed the game and the language pipeline are not the same that programmed the registration and player management, which was contracted to a third party. What you write below is actually a problem.

My sincere apologies, we're on it.

BotColony  [author] Feb 15 @ 7:52pm 
Couldn't reproduce the problem. Please email communitymgr@botcolony.com if you still have issues. Bot Colony will be available on Steam soon.
-PEves- Feb 14 @ 9:44pm 
I just tried to buy this on the botcolony.com site and It keeps telling me that my nicknames are invalid. I have tried even the most ridiculous names like PEves1234567890PEves and it says even that is not available. Is there a way around this bug?
Necroscourge Jan 30 @ 12:03am 
Yeah I hope they didn't ever really think a subscription for a generic "groundbreaking" adventure game would fly.
Admiral MarioSonicDoge Jan 28 @ 10:09am 
I WANT IT!!!
ike709 Jan 9 @ 12:35pm 
The voices could be better, otherwise I love it. I'm glad it got greenlit.
Robert Lutece Jan 6 @ 4:23am 
That looks pretty sweet. Maybe the voices can get worked on but it's pretty cool how it's voice activated.
Manzibar13 Dec 29, 2013 @ 9:49pm 
hmm
Mr Ackar Dec 28, 2013 @ 8:49pm 
:-)
UberFiend Dec 14, 2013 @ 3:25am 
Sorry but I rent NO games by the month (including World of Warcraft), thanks all the same.
keys2thehouse Dec 6, 2013 @ 11:41pm 
I'm currently reading the book and very much look forward to playing the game. What a fascinating idea.
[DFA] SERAS Dec 4, 2013 @ 12:47am 
Love the idea, glad it got green
-=OG=- lE[L]eMlENl[T] Dec 2, 2013 @ 5:47pm 
Seems very interesting
BotColony  [author] Nov 26, 2013 @ 5:19am 
Bot Colony gameplay described in one sentence (Hokura, below). Thank you!
[wkG]Hokura Nov 22, 2013 @ 10:30am 
The idea of asking the right question and interacting with the environment versus a linear story line is cool....
Sanda Bollocks Nov 18, 2013 @ 7:26pm 
My reaction when I read about this on Game Informer...KDSAFKHAS:DLKJDSF:LDKASHF:LKKASJ:LDQWIRPDASOKHGV:XCM
DJ R@!nbow Nov 16, 2013 @ 9:25pm 
I hope my significant other buys me this when it comes out.
hezekiah-angel Nov 16, 2013 @ 2:38am 
I for 1 love the look of the game.
Mr. ČHERENК☢Ѵ Nov 14, 2013 @ 9:55am 
Anyone else read as Bot Colon? I'm thinking that fancy "y" might need a rethink...
snyder1371 Nov 13, 2013 @ 6:02pm 
I am down
HAL Nov 12, 2013 @ 11:49am 
looks interesting
wishkah43 Nov 10, 2013 @ 12:10am 
Tom Cruise eat your Oblivion heart out
P_B Nov 8, 2013 @ 5:54pm 
Shut up and take my money.
Molganis Nov 6, 2013 @ 3:33pm 
what about a game of chess HAL?
GameDart Nov 6, 2013 @ 4:03am 
Nice A new idea in gameplay, nice to see something new in terms of interacting with a game. Best Wishes, Hope all goes well
darkorion69 Nov 5, 2013 @ 7:03pm 
As an Alpha Tester I am; of course, interested in the idea behind this game.
HerrKohl Nov 5, 2013 @ 5:01am 
@QyuBurt: I feel your pain, mate. I'm Irish and would have the same problem.
Malidictus Nov 5, 2013 @ 4:44am 
Voice recognition games are a can of worms just on the strength of voice recognition alone. If you have an accent or are a foreign speaker (so you have even more of an accent) it's an exercise in frustration.
vladР4 Nov 4, 2013 @ 10:22am 
Надеется остается на оригинальность, старайся) а так дааа...и еще, больно много янков и узкоглазых, русские, пишите чаще)) Рад любому на могучем и великом написанному комменту)
QyuBurt Nov 4, 2013 @ 9:43am 
As a Glaswegian, I know this is going to be an exercise in futility for me.
WEK_AiHao Nov 4, 2013 @ 9:42am 
~~~~~
sarovbars Nov 4, 2013 @ 2:39am 
Russian language is still needed