AI written article about Laura Bow

Feeling like this game could be murder... literally? Well, come on in here for some extra detective work (and clues/hints/etc!) for the Laura Bow games (The Colonel's Bequest and The Dagger of Amon Ra).
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AI written article about Laura Bow

Post by Semi-Happy Partygoer » Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:14 am

I was recently testing out an online AI writing program, and asked it to do a piece about Laura Bow. What follows is the unedited, unaltered article it gave me, though I have bolded a few of my favourite lines. Based on my experiences, I believe AI writing to be currently useless at good research, but solid gold for unintentional comedy.

I am looking forward to staying in her old family home with my roommate Lillian, and as it is the most dysfunctional family reunion ever, I invited college student Laura Bow to come by.

In Laura Bow 1, the player knows that Laura is taking notes in her notebook throughout the game. Specifically, certain people, things and events are in Laura's notebook, but the notebook is not visible until the end of the game, so she has to go to those places.

However, the character is on the road to adventure, so important details can be overlooked if Laura is not in the right place when she reveals them. There are also puzzle points that you can balance, but if you miss a certain puzzle during the game, you have to restore those earlier points by completing the missing puzzle. Although there are not many puzzles in this game (the existing ones are solved), it seems to be Sierra's sign board. Under the hood it actually tracks how many clues you've collected and rates your performance at the end of each game. As you usually see on previous Sierra adventures, there is also a puzzle - the pointer.

If she does so much wrong, she will die in the middle of the game, but if she does not, she will not die at all, even though she is in danger.

Characters resent the protagonist Laura Bow when they catch her spying on them or asking too many questions, even if this is only apparent through dialogue and does not affect the plot.

This is a game that focuses more on discovering the characters and the story than on spending time puzzling, like most Sierra games. There are only a very limited number of puzzles, and you cannot collect puzzle points for them as in other Sierra adventures. The "use x to Y" puzzle still exists, but is not as powerful as it used to be in most adventure games. Considering that this is part of a collection where you can get other adventures for $5 or less, it may seem a bit expensive.

If you want to try this adventure with the 1920s crime thriller Sierra, the game can be released at the end of the month. Best of all, you can get it for $5 or less and then some in the Sierra Online Store for the next few weeks.

If you find the original version of Colonel Bequest, you can consider it a real collector's item, as the entire original game contains many goodies missing from the newer releases of the game, such as an original soundtrack and a special edition with a new cover.

If you find the original version of Colonel Bequest, you can consider it a real collector's item, as the original game contains many goodies missing from the newer releases of the game, such as an original soundtrack and a special edition with a new cover. Although it was made in 1991, it still has the same graphic feel, with the same graphics and sound.

The game uses a point-and-click interface with icons for various actions, similar to other Sierra games that were released at the time. The game uses an icon-based interface in which verbs, objects and commands are entered to interact with the environment.

Colonel Bequest is one of the few Sierra on-line adventure games that focuses more on characters than puzzles. Like most Sierra games at this time, it has a number of puzzles, none of which is required to finish the game. The elements of timing are not as extensive as in Laura Bow 1, but they are still important in this game, such as spying on meetings between people at certain times. Overall, Colonel Bequest and Laura bow Mystery are good games that offer hours of fun gameplay.

Colonel Bequest follows the tradition of placing the word "you" somewhere in the title of the game, and while it is not a typical Sierra Quest game (dating back to the first episode, it is called Colonel Bequests), the company's love of quests is clear. There was a short - lively Laura Bow Mysteries series of games developed by Roberta Williams, using many elements from games such as Mystery House, but known for the lack of a recognizable scoring system. King's Quest VI became the first Sierra game to use this game, and many others followed suit, and so Laura bow was one of the first online adventure games with a point-and-click interface in 1989.

The action takes place in 1925, and Laura Bow, a student at Tulane University, is invited to a family reunion. They are invited as protagonists to the family home, where relatives and staff gather for a celebration to mark the anniversary of their father's death. There is also a story about Laura who was sent to write a report about a dagger theft when she was just a newcomer, so people try to help her whenever possible.
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Re: AI written article about Laura Bow

Post by Tawmis » Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:58 am

This is pretty cool. :)

I thought this was interesting:
If you find the original version of Colonel Bequest, you can consider it a real collector's item, as the original game contains many goodies missing from the newer releases of the game, such as an original soundtrack and a special edition with a new cover. Although it was made in 1991, it still has the same graphic feel, with the same graphics and sound.
Soundtrack? Pretty sure I have the original... and it didn't come with a soundtrack?

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Re: AI written article about Laura Bow

Post by Semi-Happy Partygoer » Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:09 am

Don’t take anything this article wrote as gospel. It compiled text together from random sources, and spliced different factoids together.

It wrote me another piece which tried to claim Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Niven were cast members of “I Love Lucy”. So...yeah.
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Re: AI written article about Laura Bow

Post by notbobsmith » Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:08 pm

Pretty amusing, although some of the most relevant points of the game are buried in there.
Semi-Happy Partygoer wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:14 am

I am looking forward to staying in her old family home with my roommate Lillian, and as it is the most dysfunctional family reunion ever, I invited college student Laura Bow to come by.
I want this to be the opening sentence to a novel.
Semi-Happy Partygoer wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:14 am

If she does so much wrong, she will die in the middle of the game, but if she does not, she will not die at all, even though she is in danger.
Accurate, albeit awkward.
Semi-Happy Partygoer wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:14 am

Like most Sierra games at this time, it has a number of puzzles, none of which is required to finish the game.
This sounds strange, but is actually very accurate.
Semi-Happy Partygoer wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:14 am

Colonel Bequest follows the tradition of placing the word "you" somewhere in the title of the game, and while it is not a typical Sierra Quest game (dating back to the first episode, it is called Colonel Bequests), the company's love of quests is clear.
I have no idea what this is trying to say. I guess it would make more sense if it read "...the tradition of placing the word "Quest" somewhere in the title of the game...". It would be incorrect, but at least it would reference Sierra "Quest" titles. I'm not sure how the AI messed this one up.

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Re: AI written article about Laura Bow

Post by Rath Darkblade » Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:44 am

Huh. Isn't it "The Colonel's Bequest"? Not "Colonel Bequest" or "Colonel Bequests"? ;)

(The second one makes "bequests" sound like a verb, instead of the noun it actually is. As in, "The Colonel requests the pleasure of your company...") ;)

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Re: AI written article about Laura Bow

Post by Semi-Happy Partygoer » Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:31 am

Rath Darkblade wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:44 am
Huh. Isn't it "The Colonel's Bequest"? Not "Colonel Bequest" or "Colonel Bequests"? ;)

(The second one makes "bequests" sound like a verb, instead of the noun it actually is. As in, "The Colonel requests the pleasure of your company...") ;)
Just goes to show how unreliable this AI is. It messed so much up grammatically and factually, it became unintentionally funny.
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