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AI Programmers Struggle to Make Games 'imitate Life'


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A typical videogame player.

Greater Artificial Intelligence in videogames should result in more intelligent characters in those games, programmers say.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) in videogames should improve to incorporate more intelligent characters into games, AI programmers said at the recent Game Developers Conference.

Intelligent characters could enhance games with enemies who have personal flaws for players to exploit, companions who actually assist the player, and mentor characters with personalized advice, says Blizzard Entertainment senior AI and gameplay engineer Brian Schwab.

Intelligent characters require information about the player, and PC- and console-based game developers could form data-mining partnerships with mobile game developers to use player data as part of character interactions, Schwab says.

Some developers say the lack of understanding of characters' thinking processes, known as "feedback," is an issue when the player acquires no useful information to relate to characters. In addition, programmers should focus on "emergent behaviors," which are events or behaviors that occur in video games that the programmer did not intend, according to some developers. They say more robust, adaptive architecture also should be used in gaming AI to enable the use of more stored player information to adapt the AI based on player decisions.

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