Watching Bots Play Brood War Is Weird And Wonderful

There’s something magical watching the micro and macro-management unfold in StarCraft: Brood War. Once the game moves beyond that early phase, there’s simply too much going on for one person to perfectly and precisely control every production facility, the movement of every unit, the timing of every expansion. There’s as much attention management required as there is tactical mastery. So you’d think, in theory, getting bots to play Brood War would result in some truly spectacular play. Computers, after all, aren’t limited by the physical restrictions of humans. Several hundred actions per minute is entirely within the realms of possibility for an AI. So you’d think that would result in some excellent unit control, as well as some truly refined build orders. But watching the Student StarCraft Artificial Intelligence Tournament’s…


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