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Man creates real life Twitch Plays by letting the internet drive robots around his house

"I have turned my home into a game by allowing all internet users to drive around with RasPi based robots. You can drive now. Been working on this a while." So reads a reddit post by Rick Giuly, and he's not kidding. Visit runmyrobot.com and you can control one of several camera-equipped Raspberry Pi-enabled bots in Giuly's home by clicking on simple controls in your browser. You can even make the robots talk by typing into a chat window.

The issue? Well, there's dozens of other people trying to control the same bots at the same time, which makes the endeavor reminiscent of a 'Twitch Plays' gaming experiment. Mainly, the robots just lurch forward and back or jerk side to side due to all the concurrent commands being entered.

Still, it's a pretty cool experiment, not to mention a extremely brave one, allowing the internet at large to look into your home, scoot around it, and say inappropriate comments in a tinny robot voice. I made one robot say "Come with me if you want to live," and tried to nudge what looked like a bowling ball in a poor approximation of Rocket League. I just hope Giuly has a pet gate set up so none of the bots can roll into his bathroom.

Christopher Livingston

Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he'd stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He's also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.