As someone who writes about video games for a living, I’m deeply troubled/terrified that AI-powered websites don’t necessarily replace me, but do things like, at the very least, get me out of Google, since Google doesn’t seem to care at all whether the content is AI-generated or not.
That’s why it’s so refreshing to see such a hilarious bit of justice from the gaming community. THE World of Warcraft The subreddit recently learned that a website, zleague.gg (I don’t associate myself with it), which runs a blog attached to the type of gaming app that is its core business, fetches reddit threads, feeds them via AI, and summarizes them with “key points” and restricted paragraphs that all follow the same format. It’s crude, but it generates a long enough article with enough keywords to show up on Google.
Well, the redditors got mad and decided to mess with the bots. Over on r/WoW, they made an extended thread discussing Globo’s access to the game a new feature that, as you might guess from the name, isn’t real.
“I have to say that ever since they started talking about it in Hearthstone in 1994, it was obvious that they were going to bring Glorbo into World of Warcraft sooner or later. I feel like Dragonflight has won after win so far, like when they brought back Chen Stormstout as the final boss of the new Karazhan? Absolutely amazing! »
And it worked… Zleague automatically posted an article titled, “World of Warcraft players are thrilled with the introduction of Glorbo. Here are the highlights”:
- “Players are excited about the arrival of Globo and its potential impact on the game.”
- “Some players have reservations about the mandatory Klikclac item and its effect on casual players. »
- “Rumors of Stormsong Valley being transformed into the new location of Halfhill Market, and the simulated farming mini-game are generating excitement. »
- “An appreciation of previous game changes, such as the inclusion of the Klaxxi as a playable race. »
That’s…basically bullshit. The article had been left online for a while but was eventually taken down (It’s a mirror, it’s funny). All authors listed as having signatures on the site are fake. It all seems to work without any control.
This is a strange situation because the site does not “steal” in the traditional sense of the term, it directly plagiarizes without credit. She cites reddit threads and authors and often even includes a reddit post. But while it’s one thing to get story ideas from reddit and develop them, as these are often the largest single-player gaming communities on the internet, it’s another to just automatically feed reddit threads into an AI and have them spit it out. But again, nothing can stop this. These subreddits cannot Just Filling up with joke articles to spoil a site like this, even if this specific example is good for a laugh.
The only way this will stop is if Google interferes with these sites and distorts or massively bans them, because begging for crumbs of traffic from Google is the only reason these sites exist in the first place. But since Google has its own very clear interest in AI, I’m not holding my breath.
Anyway, get excited about Glorbo, I hear he’s the best change since Quackion’s bag quest, on the Ducks side.
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