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Posted by Snail (8908 posts) 2 years, 4 months ago

Poll: Is Handibot a Human or a Robot? (927 votes)

Human 90%
Robot 10%

I was personally convinced that it was a robot programmed with some funny lines, but then I started thinking about how when he was paintballing, he was not in the rec room. If Handibot was just, well, a bot, and not a dude with a microphone, he would probably be present in every section of the game to "help" people out.

Also the supposed voice recognition worked in the favor of comedy too often. And he played paintball pretty well. That was some proper paintball AI for a developer making a game for free.

I don't know what to believe in anymore???? Help me Giant Bomb!

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#2 Posted by Jennifyre (494 posts) -

Lets not leave out the totally uncool things he said too such as "Can I help you with your diapers?", "Grow a pair." Singing some strange song about how he can touch you ahywhere during the paintball match. Asking Jeff at one point if he needed help looking less "gay".

Pretty obviously a real person trolling. It's just novel because it's over voice chat rather than text. Weird stuff like that happens often in MMO type games. Probably just a lonely person who has trouble interacting with others normally so is getting attention in another way.

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#3 Edited by TwoLines (3652 posts) -

Absolutely positive that it was just a weird guy pretending to be a robot.

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#4 Edited by WynnDuffy (1289 posts) -

@jennifyre said:

Lets not leave out the totally uncool things he said too such as "Can I help you with your diapers?", "Grow a pair." Singing some strange song about how he can touch you ahywhere during the paintball match. Asking Jeff at one point if he needed help looking less "gay".

Pretty obviously a real person trolling. It's just novel because it's over voice chat rather than text. Weird stuff like that happens often in MMO type games. Probably just a lonely person who has trouble interacting with others normally so is getting attention in another way.

Someone joking around on voice chat means they are likely a lonely person with social problems?

Wow...

Your examples are not standing out to me as "totally uncool". A little crass but he didn't say anything that needs to be called out.

Hats off to Handibot's human for providing a strange, funny experience for other players, the perfect character for Rec Room and floaty VR hands.

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#5 Posted by Spedstyle (30 posts) -

i just assumed right away it was someone doing a Mr Meeseeks (from rick and morty) impression

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#6 Posted by Naoiko (1673 posts) -

I'd going to vote and say both. Maybe while the dudes off line it is a robot, and it can be player controlled when he's online.

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#7 Posted by razzuel (399 posts) -

Assuredly human. I do appreciate his commitment to the bit. It made the Rec Room portion of the VRodeo pretty hilarious.

@jasoncooke: No, some of the things Handibot said are definitely uncool. Maybe they didn't make you upset, but some of what he said would certainly make other people uncomfortable and unwelcome. Also, as a lonely person with social issues, I think @jennifyre's assessment feels pretty accurate.

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#9 Edited by dudeglove (13659 posts) -

Rec Room is the VR evolution of Velvet Sundown, meaning that I really want Vinny to play Rec Room.

And yes, Handibot was a real person.

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#10 Edited by WynnDuffy (1289 posts) -
@razzuel said:

@jasoncooke: No, some of the things Handibot said are definitely uncool. Maybe they didn't make you upset, but some of what he said would certainly make other people uncomfortable and unwelcome. Also, as a lonely person with social issues, I think @jennifyre's assessment feels pretty accurate.

I think it's reaching to say he has social issues for pretending to be a bot for the sake of comedy.

If a woman or a kid becomes offended by "Grow a pair" or "Help with your diapers" then the Internet is going to be rough...

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#11 Posted by DinosaurCanada (938 posts) -

He is my soul

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#14 Posted by TheKramer89 (553 posts) -

Is handibot frog fractions 2?

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#16 Posted by DukeMcFrenzy (129 posts) -

@drflapjack: that person you had a conversation with got triggered by the word triggered?

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#17 Edited by JohnyMyko (1815 posts) -

From the breath on the mic, the misreading of nicknames, the changes of tone on the voice, the bad singing and the random jokes he tried to say, it's more than obvious that it is a real guy trying to be funny. And failing miserably so, being more cringe-worthy than anything. Let's be honest, the only funny thing about Handibot was the way Jeff interacted with him.

It's the new internet, everyone gets offended by everything now. I probably offended someone just by typing this.

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#18 Posted by ghost_cat (2232 posts) -

You can hear him stumbling and changing his pitch from time to time. It lame yet novel for a bit, but then it just got sad, and I just wanted to reach out to tell him "It's okay."

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#19 Posted by mellotronrules (2522 posts) -

he's clearly an internet person.

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#20 Posted by Jesus_Phish (3759 posts) -

It's a dude. Whatever about him saying something that people view as offensive, but people ragging on him for doing something goofy, enjoying himself is just kind of dumb.

Stuff like this guy can make things like MMOs and online social hubs really fun. And for most of the stream he genuinely seemed to be useful. When Jeff asked about punching something with his fists, the dude told him there was a punching doll located behind him, which there was. He could also tell people what menus to go through, so either he's put some effort into this or he works for/with the development team.

I can't remember when he said "gay" but it seemed to be when some other player came on and started talking shit to him and trying to get something out of him. The dude who said "nothing but net" - when there was no net - if I remember right.

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#21 Posted by JohnyMyko (1815 posts) -

@jesus_phish: The "gay" part was when Jeff said he could go back the the room to change clothes and Handibot said something like "maybe you could look less gay".

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#22 Posted by ripelivejam (13071 posts) -

are we human or are we handibot?

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#23 Posted by mrcraggle (3075 posts) -

There was another VR social thing the GB crew tried out (can't remember what it was called) but one of the devs was talking to people as they came in and tried to help them so at first I thought Handibot was something similar but it just turned out to be a dude doing a bit.

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#24 Edited by WynnDuffy (1289 posts) -

1:15:40 on the Rec Room video: https://youtu.be/STeglH9T7nA?t=4540

Handibot listening in and responding to their conversation and Dan's look to Brad, combined with the perfectly timed music was a great moment haha.

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#25 Posted by physicalscience (307 posts) -

I thought he was funny.

VR is weird.

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#26 Posted by seakae (261 posts) -

Handibot is a robot.

His name isn't HandiMAN, duh.

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#28 Posted by ezdude (456 posts) -

MonsterDrunk.

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#29 Edited by ColossalGhost (240 posts) -

The first time Handibot said MonsterDunk, the second time they said MonsterDrunk. I also don't believe for a second that the developers would program a helper bot to make those kind of slightly to off-color jokes.

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#30 Posted by Shindig (4811 posts) -

Never estimate the colour of a developer's humour.

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#31 Posted by Meptron (1320 posts) -

YouTube channel is part of an elaborate ruse that allows this robot to pass the Turing test.

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#32 Posted by BeachThunder (15104 posts) -

In a way, aren't we all robots?

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#33 Posted by Georgie85 (10 posts) -
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#34 Posted by clagnaught (2099 posts) -

Either. Or both.

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#35 Posted by WynnDuffy (1289 posts) -

Handibot is funded by Palmer Luckey

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#36 Posted by Songhunter (49 posts) -

If I was an emergent IA, what better way to pass of as a human and study the behavior of the newer generations than though an online avatar and a youtube channel?

Hatsune Miku is coming for all of your asses!

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#37 Posted by bluemorning104 (22 posts) -
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#38 Posted by audioBusting (2558 posts) -

This is going to end in Handibot being tasked to hunt down and destroy rogue androids and discovering a terrible secret about himself.

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#39 Edited by CrocBox (525 posts) -

A human robot.

@meptron said:

YouTube channel is part of an elaborate ruse that allows this robot to pass the Turing test.

So basically the robot version of Poppy.

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#40 Edited by selbie (2554 posts) -

Handibot strikes again...

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#41 Edited by doctordonkey (1782 posts) -

@selbie: That is equal parts hilarious and disconcertingly terrifying.

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#42 Posted by dgtlty (1213 posts) -

Strong contender for Best New Character.