Saturday, June 13, 2015

Gaming the Steam Sale Game

The summer Steam sale is currently running. This year it comes with its own game that involves clicking (or using an auto-cannon that allows you to not click) to kill an endless stream of monsters. The game itself is the worst kind of web game that's essentially just a Skinner box with increasing numbers as the reward. But because it's a browser game, programmers are generating javascript programs to send clicks or optimize the gold gaining rate by putting you in the optimal place. I find it interesting that programming was an immediate response to being presented with what is essentially an exercise in optimization. I have no idea whether these things would be considered "cheating", but it is a good reminder that the web browser is one of the premier programming platforms right now, and it can be heavily automated.

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