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Whether or not you’d wish to get into the Stranger Issues spirit with out sacrificing your residence safety deposit, otherwise you simply miss taking pictures the breeze with SmarterChild (RIP AIM), there’s a chatbot for that.

Tangent, a London-based digital inventive company, has created the El bot, a Fb messenger bot that communicates primarily through interactive textual content containers and light-wall GIFs.

The Important Menu provides you clickable choices to Meet the Characters, Hear the Soundtrack, Discuss to the Wall, or Learn the Information. When you select the primary possibility, it asks you just a few questions that appear like they’re aiming to determine the place you’re and the way a lot you realize within the sequence earlier than supplying you with a sequence of GIFs and trivia about your chosen character. The others permit you to unearth a playlist, learn current information tales, or have a really temporary clickable-option-only dialog with a GIF of the notorious wall.

Many of the interplay with El must be completed through the button choices somewhat than textual content enter; typing in questions and even character names outdoors of the principle D&D occasion is met solely with confusion. She doesn’t reply to “Benny,” which appears very ungrateful if considerably acceptable. I additionally by some means managed to interrupt a plugin after asking too many unrecognized phrases, which feels prefer it ought to set off a nosebleed GIF.

It’s distinctly missing in angle, not like its namesake, however it’s sufficient for an amusing 15 minutes at your desk, and I discovered at the very least one enjoyable little Easter egg (we gained’t spoil it right here). El bot can be solely a few week outdated, so she’s nonetheless acquired studying to do. And who doesn’t need somewhat extra dancing Hopper of their day.

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