When artificial intelligence in video games becomes…artificially intelligent

Artificial intelligence in video games helps bring virtual worlds to life; it lurks beneath the surface, determining the way a player interacts with a game. As the brains of a game, AI engages our brains. Often, we think of AI in terms of obvious AI agents like NPCs or enemies that duck and roll away from gunfire. But speaking with numerous AI developers inside and outside of game development over recent weeks, the potential for AI goes far beyond making “smarter” enemies or more convincing NPCs. As game AI slowly converges with general AI concepts and techniques, AI can change the way games are played, and even the way they’re developed. At a GDC 2013 panel about the next big leap in game AI, AiGameDev.com editor-in-chief and nuclai Conference organizer Alex J. Champandard quipped, “My prediction is a little…


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