Halo Infinite bots teabagging is a mark of the end times

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After three full days of testing, the first Halo Infinite multiplayer technical preview has come to an end and through it players discovered something wild: bots teabagging. Throughout the the technical preview, or beta test as it is more simple to say, players were matched against AI-controlled bots across a variety of maps and modes.

Top players and series veterans had a blast showing the bots who are the true masters and who are the real chiefs. Except when they weren’t. And in some instances of defeat, bots were found engaging in “tactical crouching” better known as “teabagging.” That’s right, Halo Infinite bots have discovered the rude gesture and are now deploying it on human opponents.

Teabagging is a iconic, time-worn maneuver that has been a part of the Halo multiplayer experience ever since the series’ first multiplayer seasons in 2001’s Halo: Combat Evolved. As one of the first console shooters to introduce a camera that let you see the surroundings of your corpse seconds before respawning, players discovered that a simple crouch and uncrouch was a hilarious way of letting the newly dead know they just got pwned.

In the decades since, teabagging is a gesture that receives continuous use, a playfully disrespectful expression that has made its way to many other shooters. That Halo Infinite bots have been discovered teabagging is not only hilarious but should give pause to those who fear the onset of an AI apocalypse.

I mean, there’s always the possibility that 343 Industries programmed these bots to teabag and make sure the AI has internalized the ways and traditions of Halo culture. But there’s also the possibiity that the bots simply learned the behavior from the players themselves, a case of AI see, AI do. If so, then it’s just a matter of time before the bots acquire sentience and destroy us all.

Halo Infinite bots teabagging

Personally, I’m not a superstitious man — save for the various praises and supplications to machine learning software I whisper into my smartphone every night — so I’m not worried. But for the rest of you, be warned that Halo Infinite bots are trained in the ways of Halo. They cannot be reasoned with, they can’t be bargained with. They don’t feel pity or remorse or fear and absolutely will not stop until they finish the fight.

Halo Infinite launches for Xbox OneXbox Series X|S and Windows 10 PCs and be available on Xbox Game Pass. The game will also launch on Steam.