From: Bedfordshire UK
Rasputitsa, you remark, "at least with an AI I have some idea what I'm playing against" this is fundamental to my point though. We all KNOW what we are playing against. And while I won't tell someone they CAN'T play against an AI, and frankly how you use your time is your business alone, I have been there on so many wargame discussions, and the game gets released, and what's the first beef that usually gets raised..... the AI performance. And people actually expect something to magically happen with a patch.
My comment above refers to the situation where I can set in options, or mods, the general capabilities that I am looking for in the game. We will all have a view of how history should be, depending on our reading habits, at least against the AI I don't have to argue about what the 'correct' historical perspective should be.
I am wary of revision and 'myths' in publications, but from time to time you read something which is compelling enough to change your perspective on historical events. The game designers' view is only as good as the data they have used (and this can change), a human opponent is the same, for me I have an overall view which I (and the AI) is happy with and, if I am wrong, the only person being fooled is me.
I am not so worried about AI goofs and as I have said, history is littered with inexplicable events, commanders have often stood within the wreckage of their plans screaming 'that shouldn't have happened'. So when the AI pulls some stunt, then so be it, war is hell.
Hitler ordered the long 50mm gun for the Pz III, his AI didn't fit it, Napoleon landing from Elba, intended to use the road he had ordered for construction, to head for Paris, only to discover that his AI hadn't built it. You could fill a book with plans that weren't followed, were misunderstood, were late, were in the wrong place, etc., etc., etc..
So difficult as it may be to accept, I can get more realism out of a lowly AI and complaints will come whatever is done with any aspect of the game whether, or not, its the AI.
It is my business alone, which is one reason to use the AI, but this is a forum and I reserve the right to make comments and suggestions, anyone has the right to totally ignore me.
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