History AIIsACrapshoot / VideoGames

25th Apr '16 4:23:55 PM Viounol
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* From the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuKg7NVilhg launch trailer]] of ''Drunken Robot Pornography'' by Dejobaan:
---> '''Reuben Matsumoto:''' ''"Boston is burning and it's all my fault. 20000 drones, hundreds of titans [...] are terrorizing the city all because I gave my robot bartender sentience. My name is Reuben Matsumoto [[PrecisionFStrike and I f***ed up]]."''
5th Apr '16 10:18:31 AM Sark0TAG
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** Arthur from the second and third games is another positive example. His first appearance in the second game, ''Buried in Time'' appears menacing when you enter the damaged space station he's on, but later admits that it's just an act from Scooby-Doo and is only upset because [[spoiler: Agent 3]] messed with his sculptures. Later on, realizing who you are, he copies himself to a blank biochip and becomes your companion for the rest of the game. Due to his creator's obsession with 20th-century media, Arthur is replete with jokes, some of them [[FanOfThePast only relative to the time the game came out]]; humorous color-commentary, and tons of [[ShownTheirWork historical facts and information.]]. [[spoiler: Arthur's bond with the player goes so far that he even sacrifices himself to stop Agent 3, but by the third game, he comes back alive and well, having teleported her and her Jumpsuit to Atlantis in the midst of his intervention.]] Just that, since your future self [[StableTimeLoop mindwiped you to keep the timestream intact]], you don't remember Arthur right off the bat.]]

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** Arthur from the second and third games is another positive example. His first appearance in the second game, ''Buried in Time'' appears menacing when you enter the damaged space station he's on, but later admits that it's just an act from Scooby-Doo and is only upset because [[spoiler: Agent 3]] messed with his sculptures. Later on, realizing who you are, he copies himself to a blank biochip and becomes your companion for the rest of the game. Due to his creator's obsession with 20th-century media, Arthur is replete with jokes, some of them [[FanOfThePast only relative to the time the game came out]]; humorous color-commentary, and tons of [[ShownTheirWork historical facts and information.]]. [[spoiler: Arthur's bond with the player goes so far that he even sacrifices himself to stop Agent 3, but by the third game, he comes back alive and well, having teleported her and her Jumpsuit to Atlantis in the midst of his intervention.]] Just that, since your future self [[StableTimeLoop mindwiped you to keep the timestream intact]], you don't remember Arthur right off the bat.]]
5th Apr '16 10:15:32 AM Sark0TAG
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** Arthur from the second and third games is another positive example. His first appearance in the second game, ''Buried in Time'' appears menacing when you enter the damaged space station he's on, but later admits that it's just an act from Scooby-Doo and is only upset because [[spoiler: Agent 3]] messed with his sculptures. Later on, realizing who you are, he copies himself to a blank biochip and becomes your companion for the rest of the game. Due to his creator's obsession with 20th-century media, Arthur is replete with jokes, some of them [[FanOfThePast only relative to the time the game came out]]; humorous color-commentary, and tons of [[ShownTheirWork historical facts and information.]]. [[spoiler: Arthur's bond with the player goes so far that he even sacrifices himself to stop Agent 3, but by the third game, he comes back alive and well, having teleported her and her Jumpsuit to Atlantis in the midst of his intervention.]] Just that, since your future self [[StableTimeLoop mindwiped you to keep the timestream intact]], you don't remember Arthur right off the bat.]]
9th Mar '16 8:57:40 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject'' (the Pegasus remake) has the trope working in favor of the player. After Gage avoids the temporal wave that altered the timeline's history and present day, he returns to the altered present and is confronted by the TSA Commissioner who assumes that Gage caused a huge mess just because he's in the jumpsuit and is holding the original data of the world's history (because the present was altered, the commissioner's memory was also altered). Said commissioner plans to dispose of Gage by sending two security robots after him, but Gage's AI hacks into the system and directs the robots away from him. When Gage prepares the Pegasus to jump back in time so he can fix the history, the commissioner starts pleading with him not to go back in time (fearing that Gage would mess up history again) and the AI severs communication while stating that any interference with a TSA agent's mission to restore the timeline is strictly prohibited. In other words, the AI is just doing its job according to protocol and that also means going against the agency itself if it tries to stop Gage.
8th Mar '16 11:55:17 AM NutellaBird
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** A more minor example is a side quest in ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' where you trace a signal in Flux that was transferring credits out of the Quasar machines. The signal turns out to originate from an illegal AI constructed by a small time crook to siphon credits out of the gambling machines, which in turn created another AI. The AI [[RageAgainstTheHeavens turns against its creator]] after its "parent" is killed and falsifies his financial records, getting him imprisoned. It's ultimate goal was to use the credits to rendezvous with [[MechanicalLifeforms the geth]]. It even prepares an [[TakingYouWithMe explosive self-destruct mechanism]] when you confront it. AIIsACrapshoot indeed...

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** A more minor example is a side quest in ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' where you trace a signal in Flux that was transferring credits out of the Quasar machines. The signal turns out to originate from an illegal AI constructed by a small time crook to siphon credits out of the gambling machines, which in turn created another AI. The AI [[RageAgainstTheHeavens turns against its creator]] after its "parent" is killed and falsifies his financial records, getting him imprisoned. It's Its ultimate goal was to use the credits to rendezvous with [[MechanicalLifeforms the geth]]. It even prepares an [[TakingYouWithMe explosive self-destruct mechanism]] when you confront it. AIIsACrapshoot indeed...
8th Mar '16 11:54:29 AM NutellaBird
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*** Ultimate the Geth are a subversion of the trope, they only rebelled when faced with extinction by their creators. Even afterwards they do not hate their creators, instead wanting to understand why the Quarians tried to kill them, remembering the few Quarians that were kind to them and tried to help them survive, and even preserving the Quarian homeworld as a memorial to the dead and so that when their creators learn their lesson, they will have a home to come to. Even to other organic races the Geth only want to understand why so many are afraid of them, and believe that every being has the right to determine their own path and that freedom is precious.

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*** Ultimate Ultimately, the Geth geth are a subversion of the trope, since they only rebelled when faced with extinction by their creators. Even afterwards they do not hate their creators, instead wanting to understand why the Quarians quarians tried to kill them, remembering the few Quarians quarians that were kind to them and tried to help them survive, and even preserving the Quarian quarian homeworld as a memorial to the dead and so that when their creators learn their lesson, they will have a home to come to. Even in regards to other organic races the Geth geth only want to understand why so many are afraid of them, and believe that every being has the right to determine their own path and that freedom is precious.
19th Feb '16 12:49:57 PM totoofze47
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* ''VideoGame/{{Oddworld}}'': The Greeters zigzag with the trope. They were originally built as automated salespeople, but this ended in catastrophic failure when they started zapping clients. Because the Glukkons couldn't fix that issue, they instead repurposed them as security guards, where they work wonders.
19th Feb '16 8:49:54 AM MarqFJA
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** The game ''The World'' was secretly designed with [[spoiler:an artificial intelligence incubator known as the Harald Folder, maintained by a program called]] Morganna Gone Mode as its core. Collecting personality and interaction data from its users, the goal of the program, of Morganna, was to facilitate the creation of the ultimate A.I.. Whether or not Morganna's intelligence was preprogrammed or a direct product of its own functions, she eventually realized her own insignificance once this ultimate A.I. was born. Incapable of rationalizing around programming, yet not accepting of this realization, she instead devoted her time to prolonging the A.I.'s birth, and dug deeper and deeper in a logical quagmire. Even if the user base had to suffer the ill-effects of her efforts.

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** The game ''The World'' was secretly designed with [[spoiler:an artificial intelligence incubator known as the Harald Folder, maintained by a program called]] Morganna Mode Gone Mode as its core. Collecting personality and interaction data from its users, the goal of the program, of Morganna, was to facilitate the creation of the ultimate A.I.. Whether or not Morganna's intelligence was preprogrammed or a direct product of its own functions, she eventually realized her own insignificance once this ultimate A.I. was born. Incapable of rationalizing around programming, yet not accepting of this realization, she instead devoted her time to prolonging the A.I.'s birth, and dug deeper and deeper in a logical quagmire. Even if the user base had to suffer the ill-effects of her efforts.
28th Jan '16 11:59:11 PM Yalsaris63
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'': The Xenon/AGI/Terraformers from Egosoft's series are rogue, [[RecursiveCreators self-replicating self-improving]] terraformer ships. A faulty software update caused them to start '[[ColonyDrop terraforming]]' everything that wasn't a Terraformer, including inhabited worlds, people, and civilian ships. The trauma of a [[HopelessWar hopeless]] RobotWar means that even 700 years later, the Earth State is still extremely leery of AI research, causing a SpaceColdWar against one of their {{Lost Colony}}s.

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* ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'': The Xenon/AGI/Terraformers from Egosoft's series are rogue, [[RecursiveCreators self-replicating self-improving]] terraformer ships. A faulty software update caused them to start '[[ColonyDrop terraforming]]' everything that wasn't a Terraformer, including inhabited worlds, people, and civilian ships. The trauma of a [[HopelessWar hopeless]] RobotWar means that even 700 years later, the Earth State is still extremely leery of AI research, causing a SpaceColdWar against one of their {{Lost Colony}}s.[[LostColony Lost Colonies]].
28th Jan '16 11:58:30 PM Yalsaris63
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'': The Xenon/AGI/Terraformers from Egosoft's series are rogue, [[RecursiveCreators self-replicating self-improving]] terraformer ships. A faulty software update caused them to start '[[ColonyDrop terraforming]]' everything that wasn't a Terraformer, including inhabited worlds, people, and civilian ships. The trauma of a [[HopelessWar hopeless]] RobotWar means that even 700 years later, the Earth State is still extremely leery of AI research, causing a SpaceColdWar one of their {{Lost Colony}}s.

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* ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'': The Xenon/AGI/Terraformers from Egosoft's series are rogue, [[RecursiveCreators self-replicating self-improving]] terraformer ships. A faulty software update caused them to start '[[ColonyDrop terraforming]]' everything that wasn't a Terraformer, including inhabited worlds, people, and civilian ships. The trauma of a [[HopelessWar hopeless]] RobotWar means that even 700 years later, the Earth State is still extremely leery of AI research, causing a SpaceColdWar against one of their {{Lost Colony}}s.
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