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Invariably, they try them out and find that they aren’t. We’ll look at several natural computing techniques in this book that are useful for specific problems. I have enough experience to know that for other problems they are a waste of time; the same effect can be achieved better, faster, and with more control using a simpler approach. Overwhelmingly, the AI used in games is symbolic technology. , 1979] was the first game I remember playing with fledgling AI. Up to that point there had been Pong clones with opponentcontrolled bats (that basically followed the ball up and down) and countless shooters 8 Chapter 1 Introduction in the Space Invaders mold.

Def feelsHealthy() 2. In fact, while Python and Ruby are good languages for rapid prototyping, they are too slow for building the core AI engine in a production game. They are sometimes used as scripting languages in a game, and we’ll cover their use in that context in Chapter 5. 4 On the CD 17 You may then implement this by checking against the character’s health score, by keeping a Boolean “healthy” value for each character, or even by running a whole algorithm to determine the character’s psychological state and its perception of its own health.

1998] and Metal Gear Solid [Konami Corporation, 1998] basing their whole game design on the technique. In the mid-1990s RTS games were beginning to take off. Warcraft [Blizzard Entertainment, 1994] was the first time I noticed pathfinding in action (I later found out it had been used several times before). I was working with emotional models of soldiers in a military battlefield simulation in 1998 when I saw Warhammer: Dark Omen [Mindscape, 1998] doing the same thing. It was also the first time I saw robust formation motion in action.

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