Game typo

Ars Technica reports: “A years-old, one-letter typo led to Aliens: Colonial Marines‘ weird AI.”

I mention this for a couple of reasons:

  • I’m amused that a typo can make such a big difference. Another reason the world needs editors! Or at least proofreaders. Or at least code that doesn’t necessarily silently discard unfamiliar words. (In some contexts, like the web, silently discarding unfamiliar words is hugely useful, but I feel like in this context, a compiler or linter or something should’ve given a warning.)
  • I’m amused that (at least at the time of publication), Ars’s headline includes a backwards-facing apostrophe. Which is kind of an example of Hartman’s Law in action. (Edited to add: They later fixed the typo, but I’m leaving it intact in my copy of the headline, above.)

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