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the threshold

Imagine a computer game. Imagine that it had wonderful gameplay, packed with features–say it’s on the par with a big name game like The Sims 2 or Halflife 2. However, you had to interact with it via a text console in a manner reminiscent of the ancient Adventure and Zork games. Would you play it?

What if it had truly new features? Say a conversational AI which you could talk to using natural speech, to which it would reply with speech as natural? The sort of thing which would pass a traditional Turing test. Would you play it then?

There is a threshold at which people decide whether or not to play a game. I suspect that it is related to the product of features and prettiness. At what level of features would you accept a game which isn’t graphically pretty at all?

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