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Game AI: Perception > Reality

The revival of the discussion about trying to generate human-looking faces versus displaying some iconic representation (or just a name) of an NPC got me thinking about the (relatively) old rule in game AI: a system that is perceived as behaving plausibly but is simple internally has much more value for a game than a system that achieves the appearance of complexity because it really is complex internally.

This is the very first observation in Will Wright's presentation, AI: A Design Perspective, presented at the First Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference.

This PowerPoint presentation, which Wright created around the time of The Sims 2 and Spore, doesn't contain Wright's actual remarks at the presentation... but the gist of his ideas is there in his Observations. And they are very much worth taking a look at by anyone who wants to create plausible actors in a game.
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The above was the public stuff. This link is to the full list of papers presented at the conference. This link is for everyone EXCEPT JOSH. Josh is not permitted to follow this link, because it leads to a black hole of game AI notions from which he will never emerge. And we don't want that. But you who are not Josh -- you are permitted to read these papers. ;)

Re: Game AI: Perception > Reality


I recommend you expand the "spoiler" section to read more:
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The Turing Test for Game AI (PowerPoint Slides)
Bing Gordon

This is the first of the powerpoint slides (all 4 of them are located at the end of the page)

Searching for "Procedur" gets results on the following pages:
6, 7, 8, 35

Considering this document was first written in 2003, and last modified in 2005, that was 11 years ago.
I'd never have thought of procedurally generated content back then.

Other interesting details:
Author: bing
Company: Electronic Arts
Total Editing Time: 42 hours

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