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Although hard to verify, a recent post on notorious bulletin board 4chan was at least entertaining.

The user set up a Quake 3 server with 16 AI bots on it, and left it running in the background for four years. Because the bots learn to re-use successful tactics, he was intrigued to find out what they'd taught each other in the 35,000 hours they'd been at war and looked forward to SAS-grade competition.

In fact, they weren't fighting at all. Instead they were standing peacefully, watching as he walked around each map. He managed to galvanise them into action by picking up a gun and shooting one, at which point they all clubbed together and killed him, despite being in an every-bot-for-itself deathmatch.

Quake 3 bots took less than four years to discover what humanity has failed figure out in a fair few millennia. Now who said that gratuitously violent video games don't teach us anything?

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Nick Gillett, for The Guardian on Saturday 13th July 2013 06.00 Europe/London

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