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Halo Infinite's bots are teabagging real players, and it's hilarious

Halo Infinite Multiplayer
Halo Infinite Multiplayer (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

After three years of waiting, fans are finally able to get their first taste of Halo Infinite by way of the first ever Halo Infinite beta test. In this technical preview of the game's multiplayer experience, players are being matched up against AI-controlled bots across a variety of the Halo Infinite beta's maps and modes. For the most part, players are doing a good job of showing the bots who's boss. But when the bots do manage to take down a human player, you may find them engaging in "tactical crouching" behavior.

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"Teabagging," or crouching repeatedly on top of the corpse of the enemy you just defeated, has been an iconic part of the Halo multiplayer experience ever since the first game released in 2001. Since Halo: Combat Evolved was one of the first games to introduce a camera that allowed you to see the surroundings of your dead body for a few seconds before you respawned, players used teabagging corpses as a way to taunt and tease their opponents. Even now, 20 years later, Halo fans (and players in other shooter games) continue to use the gesture frequently.

The fact that Halo Infinite's bots have been spotted teabagging is nothing short of hilarious, and while I haven't personally spotted them doing it so far, there are several fans on social media that claim that they have.

Source: Xbox Game Studios (Image credit: Source: Xbox Game Studios)

Did 343 Industries program them to occasionally teabag, acknowledging the gesture's legacy? Or is this just a strange quirk of the bots' pathfinding behaviors? Perhaps Halo Infinite's bots are actually sentient, and are learning how to be just as brash and rude as real players can be. What a terrifying thought.

Have you been able to play the Halo Infinite technical preview? If so, have you managed to spot any bots teabagging real players? Let me know. For more on the Halo Infinite beta, don't miss our list of the Halo Infinite beta known bugs and launch issues, our Halo Infinite equipment guide, and our complete Halo Infinite weapons list. Also, make sure to check out our guide on how to play the Halo Infinite beta for info on how you can participate in the tests yourself in the future. Hopefully, these beta tests help 343 Industries shape Halo Infinite into one of the best Xbox games ever.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

7 Comments
  • They were neither programmed to do so nor is it a glitch. They are learning.
  • This is how Skynet rises
  • ... and falls and rises and falls.
  • So awesome. Doesn't Microsoft know by now that the internet always breaks their bots by showing the truest of human nature within a week? 😂
  • Oh for Christ's sake.
  • I'm going to vote glitch in pathing that just happened to coincidentally line up with a dead corpse. Even with modern machine learning, bots are bots and can be stupid for no reason. I highly doubt Microsoft officially condones that behavior.
  • Best damn story I have read in days! Thank you for this.