MOST seems to be an interesting label.
Perhaps if MOST players actually played humans, there would be MORE wargamers, making the hobby MORE mainstream, making it easier to market MORE products.
If MOST wargames are sold to MOSTly solo wargamers, who MOSTly expect an AI even when MOST developers have tried their best to explain it is MOSTly not that easy, then perhaps they should MOSTly finally except it that MOST of their wargames are never going to have an AI which MOST of the wargamers who like a real challenge, will MOSTLY be interested in supporting.
The main reason I don't play most of my PC title wargames isn't the AI situation though. It's the interface. As big a footprint as my board game the Longest Day has, I can look down on it and see all of it just by looking down. I can move any counter, simply picking it up and moving it. I can control the game's many functions without needing a lot of menus. It's all down between my ears :) Just some dice, and a few charts. And once it's set up, it's really just the one chart that controls the action.
If they made the AI fully 10x times as good, it might just barely manage to finally be about as good as I was, when I was 13.
Don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel!!
Good points made by all. I think we have seen about all the AI development we will see in our generation unless there is a paradigm leap in computing technology and programming. Its as good as its going to get unless some major event changes the paradigm.
Having said that, if Slith/Matrix does not have AI in their games their sales would plummet significantly. I do not consider myself 'whiny' for playing against the AI. That was pretty funny though.
When I get time to play, its a personal hobby of mine that I enjoy on my own. I don't do it for the competition and have no desire to play PBEM or multi-player. Its just that quiet time I get to have to myself that I enjoy most. Its my form of escape, that or a good book. I've given up on television altogether!
The thing with AI is that if it is too good people will complain its too hard or its cheating, if its too easy....well, we see what the comments are then. So its definitely a double-edged sword with no real solution at this time in history.
My shrink says I have anger management and conflict resolution issues....and I'LL FIGHT ANYBODY THAT DISAGREES!