Game AI Resources

2000 IAAI/AAAI Invited Talk
Human-level AI’s Killer Application: Interactive Computer Games
John Laird & Michael van Lent
University of Michigan
August 2, 2000

Game AI Resources

Interesting games to check out
The Sims ( – Autonomous Characters
    A people simulator with state-of-the-art autonomous characters.

Unreal Tournament ( – Tactical opponents & partners
    An action game with great graphics and state-of-the-art tactical opponents and partners.

Half-life ( – Tactical opponents & partners
    An action game with many story elements, state-of-the-art graphics, and fair tactical opponents.

Age of Kings ( – Strategic opponents & units
    A strategy game with good (editable, rule-based) strategic opponents and typical units.

Baldur’s Gate ( – Tactical partners & opponents
    A role-playing game with good (editable, rule-based) tactical partners and fair tactical opponents.

Blade Runner ( – Support characters
    An adventure game based on the Bladerunner movie with goal-driven support characters

Escape from Monkey Island ( – Support characters
    A cartoon-style adventure game with many scripted-support characters. Available Fall 2000

Madden NFL 2001 ( – Strategic opponents & units
    A sports game with state-of-the-art (for sports games) strategic opponents and units.

Halo ( – Tactical opponents & partners
    The action/adventure game everyone is waiting to play. Coming soon on the Xbox.

Games with software interfaces that can support AI research

Quake II ( – C language interface
    The action game Quake II allows you to add to or modify the game by writing a DLL.

Half-Life ( – C language interface
    Half-Life uses the Quake II game engine but the interface is changed significantly.

Descent 3 ( – C language interface
    Another action game with a DLL based C language interface.

FreeCiv ( – Open Source
    An open-source clone of the classic strategy game Civilization.

Age of Kings ( – Editable rule-based AI
    A strategy game that allows you to edit the rules that control the strategic opponent

Baldur’s Gate ( – Editable rule-based AI
    A role-playing game that allows you to edit the rules that control the members of your party.

Game AI Web Sites


Game Developer Magazine (
    The August 2000 edition focuses on the current state of Game AI

Next Generation (
    An excellent magazine that focuses on upcoming games and future industry directions.

PC Gamer (
    An good magazine for game reviews.


Game Developers Conference (
    The conference/tradeshow for the game development industry.

AAAI Spring Symposium on AI and Interactive Entertainment
    Annual symposium bringing together game developers and AI researchers.