Why can’t we talk to the characters in games? Careful what you wish for…

A video game character takes on a life of its own in the 2015 film Pixels. Photograph: Allstar/Columbia Pictures Oh, users: they say the darnedest things. I co-created the smartphone fitness game Zombies, Run! with Six to Start and most of our users are fantastic: perceptive, encouraging, creative, tireless cheerleaders for what we do. And then there are … well. People who don’t quite understand how technology works. Related: Zombies, Run! goes freemium after 1m sales to attract hordes of new players Someone asked if we could make our game so the characters understand everything the player’s saying and talk back in real time, instead of these “scripts” I write. How difficult can it be for super-advanced computers to let you have a conversation with game characters? The answer, of…


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