Friday, July 25, 2008

Test Bots

People often like to play "Spot the Bot". It's a pastime when one is sufficiently bored. Some even hunt bots for a living, although the value of such is dubious. What do you do after you find one? It's not going to respond to you. Why turn finding them into a job? It's not worth it.

Anyway, one day I was checking out Anzere. That may be misspelled. Anzere is a very strange infohub. It is a group of Bavarian style buildings and some help signs in the middle of nowhere. Seriously. It's a tiny speck in a vast snow drift. It's not even connected to the Linden road that curls through the area, or by the river that cuts through it. I'm sure there is a story behind it. If not, I'm going to make one up and pretend it's the real story.

Anzere is usually deserted, and as I was flying by I noticed there was a person hanging at the hub at Anzere. Curious, I landed and went to investigate.

What I found was a Linden Test Bot.

It was a curious creature. It consisted of an avatar decked in missing textures wearing a lone attachment, a box which displayed the words "Testing Bot" and "Linden Lab" (complete with logo).

I wonder what it was testing, exactly, at Anzere. It couldn't be traffic, because Anzere is a ghost town. Sim performance and lag are also out because again, it's pointless to measure such things when it's not under an actual inhabited place. I'm just curious. I know I'll probably never get a straight answer.

Perhaps it was just a spybot. Listening in to me as I rather pointlessly talked to it.

1 comment:

Peter Stindberg said...

I love those images - great find!