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AI Game Programming Wisdom 4 by Steve Rabin

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1.3Creating Designer Tunable AI

Borut Pfeifer—Electronic Arts

borut_p@yahoo.com

Designers and AI programmers have very different skill sets, yet this interaction is a crucial part of game development [Reynolds04]. AI programmers are responsible for building the systems designers will use to create interesting player encounters with the AI. The easier it is for designers to use these AI systems, the better the AI will look, and the better the game will be in the end.

Sometimes even experienced AI programmers create compelling gameplay features that go unused or misused simply because the designers are not able to control them properly. Spending the time to create the best interfaces for designers to manipulate the AI avoids those problems and ...

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