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 (www.thesims.com) – Autonomous Characters
A people simulator with state-of-the-art autonomous characters.
Unreal Tournament (www.unrealtournament.com) – Tactical opponents & partners
An action game with great graphics and state-of-the-art tactical opponents and partners.
Half-life (www.sierrastudios.com/games/half-life/) – Tactical opponents & partners
An action game with many story elements, state-of-the-art graphics, and fair tactical opponents.
Age of Kings (www.microsoft.com/games/age2/) – Strategic opponents & units
A strategy game with good (editable, rule-based) strategic opponents and typical units.
Baldur’s Gate (www.interplay.com/bgate/) – Tactical partners & opponents
A role-playing game with good (editable, rule-based) tactical partners and fair tactical opponents.
Blade Runner (www.westwood.com/games/bladerunner/) – Support characters
An adventure game based on the Bladerunner movie with goal-driven support characters
Escape from Monkey Island (www.lucasarts.com/products/monkey4/) – Support characters
A cartoon-style adventure game with many scripted-support characters. Available Fall 2000
Madden NFL 2001 (www.easports.com/games/madden2001/) – Strategic opponents & units
A sports game with state-of-the-art (for sports games) strategic opponents and units.
Halo (http://halo.bungie.com/) – 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 (www.quake2.com/dll/) – C language interface
The action game Quake II allows you to add to or modify the game by writing a DLL.
Half-Life (www.planethalflife.com/botman/MOD_FAQ.shtml) – C language interface
Half-Life uses the Quake II game engine but the interface is changed significantly.
Descent 3 (http://www.outrage.com/4_downloads.html) – C language interface
Another action game with a DLL based C language interface.
FreeCiv (www.Freeciv.org) – Open Source
An open-source clone of the classic strategy game Civilization.
Age of Kings (http://ageofkings.org/downloads/utilities.shtml) – Editable rule-based AI
A strategy game that allows you to edit the rules that control the strategic opponent
Baldur’s Gate (www.bgchronicles.com/content/bg/customize.shtml#scripts) – 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 (www.gdmag.com)
The August 2000 edition focuses on the current state of Game AI
Next Generation (www.next-generation.com)
An excellent magazine that focuses on upcoming games and future industry directions.
PC Gamer (www.pcgamer.com)
An good magazine for game reviews.
Game Developers Conference (www.gdconf.com)
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.