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I'm thoroughly confused and also slightly amused with Bird by Example, what the developer says is a "mock RPG where all the other occupants are horrifying birds who mimic your behaviour with deep learning".

I will admit currently the game goes a bit over my head, I don't quite get it. However, I've toyed around with it for a while and eventually it could be something special. There's something really unnerving about a group of really buff birds, that start copying you.

As I was running around, watching my freaks of nature walk into walls, they eventually started copying my walking and they started exploring. As I started to jump around, a few them then starting bouncing around and it continued on like that. It's so weird! I decided to see what would happen if I punched one of them, sure enough, they learned how to do it too and there was a bit of brawl going on.

What exactly is the developer planning with it? Well, in their own words:

I want more than anything for Bird by Example to be a storytelling engine. I want to develop flexible dynamic systems and hope that emergent play... emerges from the interplay between the AIs and (importantly) you, the player.

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NotSoQT 27 Jun, 2019
That's how games like Katamari Damacy are born.

Either the being behind this is insane or a genius.
Beamboom 27 Jun, 2019
Quoting: NotSoQTThat's how games like Katamari Damacy are born.

Katamari! Awww how I wish they continued that series. What a fantastic concept, visuals and music!
cprn 27 Jun, 2019
I know how it sounds but I'll wait for Steam release, thank you. Would wishlist it already if I could.
Beamboom 27 Jun, 2019
Quoting: NotSoQTThat's how games like Katamari Damacy are born.

I had to search for Katamari on Steam just for the hell of it, and discovered that indeed they released a "Katamari Damacy REROLL" in December last year! And protondb tells us it runs great on Steam Play!

It' so TOTALLY in my shopping cart right now :D

EDIT: Total platinum, ran straight out of the box, smooth as can be. Yippeee - it's time to ROLL again!

Last edited by Beamboom on 27 June 2019 at 6:25 pm UTC
14 28 Jun, 2019
This is a fun way to see machine learning manifested in a short amount of time. It's a good way to get the concept out to young thinkers. And it's important for the arts (like games) to showcase it because ML is going to drive more and more decisions that will affect our daily lives.
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