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Game Programming Gems 8 by Adam Lake

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Chapter 3.6. Adaptive Tactic Selection in First-Person Shooter (FPS) Games

Thomas Hartley, Institute of Gaming and Animation (IGA), University of Wolverhampton

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Quasim Mehdi, Institute of Gaming and Animation (IGA), University of Wolverhampton

One of the key capabilities of human game players that is not typically employed by non-player characters (NPCs) in commercial first-person shooter (FPS) games is in-game learning and adaptation. The ability of a human player to adapt to opponents’ tactics is an important skill and one that separates an expert game player from a novice. NPCs that incorporate in-game learning and adaptation are more responsive to human players’ actions and are therefore more capable opponents. This ...

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