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I used to play Ragnarok Online. I quite liked it, but the severe grind (amongst other things) got on my nerves and I stopped playing. Thing is, one of the things I liked most about it was the homunculus system: the Alchemist class could create a pet that followed them around and fought for them, and whose AI was completely programmable.
By "programmable" I don't mean there was a window with tick boxes that said things like "attack on sight" or "heal when below [ ]% hp"... I mean you had to open up notepad and write that shit from scratch in LUA. The default AI was intentionally made stupid, inconvenient, and prone to committing ban-worthy acts to encourage you to reprogram it. Can't program? Haha, let's hope someone who does has posted their AI for download on a fansite somewhere, noob!
It was awesome. I learnt a great deal about programming thanks to that system, though I quit the game in frustration long before I got the chance to tackle a rather ambitious project: an AI that could learn, akin to the Creature from Black and White. I doubt I could have achieved it, but I wanted to try! And I still do!
So my question is, H/A, are there any other games featuring a pet whose AI can be (legally) programmed from scratch?
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