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AI Game Programming Wisdom 4 by Steve Rabin

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6.4Scripting Your Way to Advanced AI

Alistair Doulin—Auran Games

alistair@doolwind.com

In the past, AI has primarily been created by programmers to meet the needs of game designers. This article discusses the advantages of using scripting to empower game designers to create advanced AI themselves. By tightly linking each level’s script with its AI, designers create the AI as the level is being prototyped. This allows natural AI creation because each level has its own specialized behaviors created by the designers.

To highlight the benefit of AI scripting, an example is given of how the designer on Battlestar Galactica (BSG) [Auran07] for Xbox Live Arcade used script to create the single-player AI. Through a good mix of native code and script, ...

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