I think a trend may have gotten started.

It started with Wilhelm Arcturus who runs The Ancient Gaming Noob blog, and was then picked up by Belghast of Tales of the Aggronaut. This experiment saw both bloggers asking three different AI chat bots to “identify” them by their online names. While Wilhelm saw rather limited associations, Belghast was at least recognized to varying extents by the bots he used.

I thought this would be an interesting experiment for a few reasons, some of which didn’t become clear until I actually did the test, and while things didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped, I did get something from it.


So close! But I am wondering if it’s hallucinating with this one through connections which are tenuous at best:

Scopique, also known as Dennis Scimeca, is a writer and consultant in the video game industry. He’s known for his insightful commentary on gaming culture, industry trends, and the intersection of games with society and technology. Scopique has contributed to various gaming websites and publications, offering perspectives on game design, player behavior, and gaming communities. His work often explores how video games influence and reflect broader cultural and social issues.


First up, I am not Dennis, and I have been using the name “Scopique” for decades now so I doubt that in places where it would have mattered (like Twitter, Facebook, etc) Dennis would have been able to claim use of the name during that time. However, I am a blogger who focuses on video games, video game society, and tech, as is Dennis, apparently. I haven’t contributed to anything beyond my own site, though, so I wonder if CGPT is mixing it’s references.

Funny story though: I looked up info on Dennis, and I did find him. His career contains all of the elements ChatGPT said it does, but get this: he lives about 15 minutes away from me. That blew my mind, even if ChatGPT got this one wrong.

Google Gemini

I don’t know if Gemini knows anything outside of standard reference material content:

“Scopique” itself isn’t likely a name of a person. Here are some possibilities:

  • Adjective: In French, “scopique” means “related to seeing” or “visual.” So, it could be an adjective describing someone’s work or area of expertise.
  • Incomplete name: It’s possible “Scopique” is part of a longer name, but without more context it’s hard to say.
  • Misspelling: There might be a misspelling involved.

Do you have any other information about Scopique that might help narrow it down?


“Incomplete name” and “misspelling”? Thanks, Google. This is why I use an alternative search engine.

The adjective definition, though…that’s interesting. But let’s look at one more.

Microsoft CoPilot

I’ve actually had good luck with CoPilot in the past, so I had done this search first. While it missed by a mile, I’m kind of interested in it’s expanded take on the adjective meaning of my screen-name:

Microsoft CoPilot

Goddamn I hate the mind-share that Star Wars commands, but I guess kudos to CoPilot for being the only one that picked this up.

So on the adjective: “the interplay between looking and being looked at“. If that doesn’t succinctly explain “what is a blogger”, I don’t know what does. Sometimes blogging is introspection, but a lot of times our topics come from the things we observe, read, or experience — the looking. And as I’ve said before, blogging is an inherently performative hobby; if we didn’t want people to read these posts, we could just as easily have written them in a notebook stored under our mattresses — the being looked at.

I guess CoPilot has kind of nailed my screen-name on the head, but at a rather inter-dimensional angle.


I re-ran the queries using “tell me about the blogger Scopique” and both ChatGPT and CoPilot returned the exact same info that they provided the first time. However, Gemini returned this interesting result:

There are two possibilities for the blogger “Scopique”:

  1. Software Blogger: This is the most likely option. There’s a blog called “The Scopic Blog” associated with Scopic Software, a company that focuses on innovation (https://scopicsoftware.com/blog/). Their blog seems to be active as of today, June 17, 2024, with recent posts on software.
  2. Star Citizen Gamer: Less likely, but a possibility, is that “Scopique” refers to a blogger interested in Star Citizen, a video game. We found a profile on a social platform for gamers where someone lists “scopique.com” as their website and mentions Star Citizen among their interests. However, there’s no confirmation if “scopique.com” is actually a blog.

Without more context, it’s hard to say for sure which Scopique you’re referring to.


I mean, I gave context, but aside from that, #2 is absolutely me, and “scopique.com” is actually a blog. GG Google; you got it kind of correct, but again, from a completely weird angle. You’d think a website indexer would be able to figure things out like this with more certainty.


  • heartlessgamer

    June 17, 2024 - 2:16 pm

    You are asking it the wrong questions. It is not meant as a search engine (though it can do a good job as a search engine overlay to interpret results). Also what you are getting at is where the power of the AI is at; having a conversational interface and a personal assistant you can guide to get useful information or do tasks within it’s capability. Using AI for topics you don’t know much about is where most folks get into trouble. Using it for topics you know about (like loading up meeting transcripts from work) tends to work out much better and shows the crazy power of the tech.

    • Scopique

      June 18, 2024 - 9:58 am

      I disagree. This wasn’t a case of asking for answers; it was an experiment to see what these chatbots would say, and how it might jive with what I might EXPECT it to say. There was no WRONG answer in this case.

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