Sometimes, All Your World Of Warcraft Opponents Are Bots

If you've played World of Warcraft for any long span of time, you've likely encountered a bot, a player character controlled by a third-party program. Maybe it was mindlessly thwacking the loot out of some small woodland creature, or maybe it was just staring at a wall. Whatever happened, it probably wasn't this bad. » 1/23/15 7:41pm 1/23/15 7:41pm

Blizzard Bans Thousands Of Bots From Hearthstone

If you are a robot, and you play Hearthstone, I've got bad news for you: you're probably banned. (Also, thanks for reading Kotaku. Please consider keeping us employed when you enslave humanity.) » 10/28/14 5:30pm 10/28/14 5:30pm

League of Legends Tries To Clean Up Its Fake Player Problem

Mindless bots, I believe it's fair to say, are a scourge in team-based competitive games like League of Legends. Fraud is also, um, not cool. By revamping LoL's refer-a-friend program, Riot is hoping to squash both with one giant fly swatter. » 10/14/14 6:45pm 10/14/14 6:45pm

It Took Seven Years To Tweet Every Word In The English Language

Early on the morning of November 30th, 2007, a newly-hatched Twitter account posted its first tweet. It was an odd message—simply the letter "a": » 6/06/14 11:30am 6/06/14 11:30am

Not Everyone Playing 'Twitch Plays Pokémon' Appears To Be Human

Right now, more than fifty thousand people on a Twitch channel are trying to control a trainer in Pokémon Red. Collectively, they've acquired seven gym badges, which means that the end of the game is near. Great! Except not everyone watching is interested in helping making progress in the game. » 2/25/14 6:00pm 2/25/14 6:00pm

University Researchers Discover Cure for FarmVille Bots

If you are a company who rakes in millions making social games for Facebook, I have good news for you. Researchers at N.C. State University have developed the means of more accurately detecting bot accounts without alerting their owners, so the game's developers can shut them down and kick those freeloading sons of… » 9/29/12 5:00pm 9/29/12 5:00pm