Diversity in NPC AI

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What's with all the zombies in games right now? In this session, I talk about some of the reasons that Zombies are a lazy AI Engineers dream come true and what we could be doing instead

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Diversity in NPC AI

  1. 1. What’s With All the Zombies? IGDA Salt Lake City Luke Dicken @LukeD
  2. 2. Who am I?
  3. 3. Who am I?
  4. 4. Who am I?
  5. 5. Who am I?
  6. 6. Who am I?
  7. 7. Who am I?
  8. 8. Who am I?
  9. 9. Who am I?
  10. 10. Who am I?
  11. 11. Who am I?
  12. 12. Who am I?
  13. 13. Real Talk
  14. 14. Real Talk •Our industry is collectively worth more than $74 Billion dollars
  15. 15. Real Talk •Our industry is collectively worth more than $74 Billion dollars •It’s a fantastic time to be a game developer
  16. 16. Real Talk •Our industry is collectively worth more than $74 Billion dollars •It’s a fantastic time to be a game developer •More people than ever are playing games
  17. 17. Real Talk •Our industry is collectively worth more than $74 Billion dollars •It’s a fantastic time to be a game developer •More people than ever are playing games •More devices than ever to play games on
  18. 18. Real Talk •Our industry is collectively worth more than $74 Billion dollars •It’s a fantastic time to be a game developer •More people than ever are playing games •More devices than ever to play games on •More people than ever are making games
  19. 19. The diversity we see in games is truly amazing!
  20. 20. The diversity we see in games is truly amazing!
  21. 21. The diversity we see in games is truly amazing!
  22. 22. The diversity we see in games is truly amazing!
  23. 23. The diversity we see in games is truly amazing!
  24. 24. The diversity we see in games is truly amazing!
  25. 25. And 2013 will be amazing right!?
  26. 26. And 2013 will be amazing right!?
  27. 27. And 2013 will be amazing right!?
  28. 28. And 2013 will be amazing right!?
  29. 29. What’s with all the zombies?
  30. 30. ZOMBIES ARE EASY!
  31. 31. What is AI?
  32. 32. What is AI?
  33. 33. What is AI?
  34. 34. What is AI?
  35. 35. Why is AI important in games?
  36. 36. Where do we see AI?
  37. 37. Why is AI Scary?
  38. 38. Why is AI Scary?
  39. 39. Why is AI Scary?
  40. 40. Is that fun? Is it the point?
  41. 41. Batman Arkham Asylum
  42. 42. The Dangers of Anthropomorphisation
  43. 43. Leveraging Anthropomorphism
  44. 44. Beyond Anthropomorphism
  45. 45. Empowering Designers
  46. 46. AI is Primarily About Tools
  47. 47. Summary
  48. 48. Summary •AI is a vastly under utilised tool for devs
  49. 49. Summary •AI is a vastly under utilised tool for devs •AI and Design are much more tightly meshed than many disciplines - it isn’t just a sub-area of Programming
  50. 50. Summary •AI is a vastly under utilised tool for devs •AI and Design are much more tightly meshed than many disciplines - it isn’t just a sub-area of Programming •That’s a two way street - good AI developers support design with powerful tools
  51. 51. Summary •AI is a vastly under utilised tool for devs •AI and Design are much more tightly meshed than many disciplines - it isn’t just a sub-area of Programming •That’s a two way street - good AI developers support design with powerful tools •AI does not need to be scary!
  52. 52. IGDA Scholarships
  53. 53. IGDA Scholarships •Free VIP-style pass to attend GDC, E3, Casual Connect America, TGS or CEDEC.
  54. 54. IGDA Scholarships •Free VIP-style pass to attend GDC, E3, Casual Connect America, TGS or CEDEC. •GDC Applications close FRIDAY
  55. 55. IGDA Scholarships •Free VIP-style pass to attend GDC, E3, Casual Connect America, TGS or CEDEC. •GDC Applications close FRIDAY •Awarded to the best and brightest students in gamedev
  56. 56. IGDA Scholarships •Free VIP-style pass to attend GDC, E3, Casual Connect America, TGS or CEDEC. •GDC Applications close FRIDAY •Awarded to the best and brightest students in gamedev •http://igda.org/scholars/ to learn more and to apply
  57. 57. Contact Info @LukeD luke@robotoverlord.co.uk http://lukedicken.com/ Formspring: http://formspring.me/luked

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