To populate all the various digital worlds we explore in video games, developers often recycle the same kinds of enemies, like zombies or spiders. And then there’s one type of enemy who, throughout game history, has been perhaps the most ubiquitous of all: robots. These AI-powered artificial monsters are often depicted as mindless machines focused entirely on killing, destroying, or following orders which often involve more killing and destroying.
For a long time, I generally found robot enemies in games to be uninteresting fodder. But now, in a world where AI-powered nonsense is becoming more common, self-driving cars are causing accidents, and drones could soon start replacing jobs, well…let’s just say some folks are very interested in killing robots in video games. It can feel cathartic, even. And so, for anyone who might be annoyed by AI bullshit and robots taking over, here are some games you can play right now that let you get a little satisfaction from destroying the metal bastards.