Combining influence maps and cellular automata for reactive game agents

Sweetser, Penelope & Wiles, Janet (2005) Combining influence maps and cellular automata for reactive game agents. In Gallagher, Marcus, Hogan, James, & Maire, Frederic (Eds.) Intelligent Data Engineering and Automated Learning - IDEAL 2005, Springerlink, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 524-531.

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Agents make up an important part of game worlds, ranging from the characters and monsters that live in the world to the armies that the player controls. Despite their importance, agents in current games rarely display an awareness of their environment or react appropriately, which severely detracts from the believability of the game. Some games have included agents with a basic awareness of other agents, but they are still unaware of important game events or environmental conditions. This paper presents an agent design we have developed, which combines cellular automata for environmental modeling with influence maps for agent decision-making. The agents were implemented into a 3D game environment we have developed, the EmerGEnT system, and tuned through three experiments. The result is simple, flexible game agents that are able to respond to natural phenomena (e.g. rain or fire), while pursuing a goal.

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ID Code: 46348
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: video games, agents, artificial intelligence, cellular automata, influence maps
ISBN: 354026972X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Computer Science
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Springer
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