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Posts tagged “AI”

Feature: Playing Smart

Electric Dreams, Part 3: Alien Ideas For Player Expectations

Whether or not it's taken over the industry yet, artificial intelligence and other experimental ideas have been on the mind of people in games lately. So far in Electric Dreams we've focused on why it's so hard to get innovative and risky new ideas into games, but some games seem to manage to push the limits further than others. We're going to look at a…

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Feature: What's Wrong With Game Research

Electric Dreams, Part 2: Optimists At Heart

"There's an undiscovered country of possibilities out there that we need to explore and create." It's Monday morning on the first day of Dagstuhl Seminar 15051: "Artificial and Computational Intelligence in Games: Integration" and Michael Mateas is talking about impossible games. You might remember Mateas from the first Electric Dreams article - he was one of the scientific researchers behind Facade, a groundbreaking games experiment…

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Feature: AI Showdown

Why People Are Making The AI Fight Itself In Civilization

A strange thing happened in the Civilization community r/civ on January 10, 2015. Inspired by similar, smaller-scale offerings by a Twitch.tv livestream and fellow redditor DarkLava (from whom he explicitly sought permission), user Jasper K., aka thenyanmaster, shared the first part of an experiment he was conducting wherein he put 42 computer-controlled civilisations in their real-life locations on a giant model of the Earth and…

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Feature: And How It Might Still Come To Pass

Electric Dreams, Part 1: The Lost Future Of AI

In 2001 two scientific researchers, John Laird and Michael van Lent, wrote an article for AI Magazine titled ‘Human-Level AI’s Killer Application - Interactive Computer Games’. The magazine, published and distributed by the stern and serious American Association for Artificial Intelligence, went out to universities and laboratories around the world. In their piece, Laird and van Lent described a future for the games industry where…

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Human Orbit: Look At What I Did, Dave

As quotable as 2001: A Space Odyssey's HAL is, he's not a character whose shoes - erm, digital footprint - many games have allowed us to fill. Human Orbit promises to change this, enabling us to finally live out our ambitions of being an all-seeing, all-interfering artificial intelligence aboard a space station filled to the brim with squishy fleshbags. A new trailer for the game has been released,…

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Event[0]: Alice Chats With ALICE Chat AI About Chat AI

After enjoying a trailer for Event[0], a first-person adventure using a natural language interpreter to talk with rogue spaceship AI, I had a chat with an AI expert who's also a dear friend of mine, ALICE. Alice: ALICE my dear! I saw a game about chatting to wonky AI using natural language and thought of you. Have you seen Event[0]? ALICE: That's me. Can you…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame news

The Flare Path: Is Semi Literate

It's dawn and it's raining cats and dogs. You are barrelling down the M3 in your uninsured Vauxhall Inquisitor when you see a huddled figure, arm outstretched, standing by the roadside. The figure is holding a scrap of cardboard scrawled with the words EURO TRUCK SIMULATOR 2, RIGS OF RODS, and BATTLE OF BRITAIN 2. You can stop and pick-up this drenched wayfarer (Click where…

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“Why most games are dumb”

Dave O'Connor, the boffin behind the smartest, most plausible strategy game AI I've ever had the pleasure to pit wits against, has been sharing some of his secrets with students in Canberra. His hour-long lecture sheds light on many of the features that make the Airborne Assault wargames so singular: the micro-management eliminating delegation system (31:10), the ingenious route-finding routines (36:50), the inertia modelling (18:45), the representation of…

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.

This interview with Anton Bolshakov of GSC Gameworld looks at this history of the company, the inspirations for S.T.A.L.K.E.R., the nature and mythology of Chernobyl, and the development of the “A-Life” living world system found in the game. I originally conducted this interview earlier this year as research for a feature on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. commissioned by PC Gamer UK (click through to read it in full).…

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The Old Argument

This editorial over on the PC hardware site PC Perspective considers the age-old issue of why PC gamers stick with their format, rather than opting for the ease of consoles. It covers many tired old routines, such as the flexibility of the PC's options and scaled resources, as well as the complexity of mouse/keyboard controls systems. One thing it comes up with that I've not…

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