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AI Game Programming Wisdom 4 by Steve Rabin

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1.5Ecological Balance in AI Design

Adam Russell

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This article considers the ways in which entrenched methods of game design can lead to unproductive tensions with advances in game AI technology. This issue encompasses not only methods of thinking about game design but also styles of design documentation and working relationships between designers and AI coders when iterating on game features. The result is not only a failure to produce useful increases in gameplay complexity. In some cases, the result is actually a reduction in complexity due to the inability of outdated design approaches to effectively control a more complex AI system.

The dream of emergence often seduces both designers and publishers. Advances in AI features ...

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