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Scripting versus emergence : issues for game developers and players in game environment design

Sweetser, Penelope & Wiles, Janet (2005) Scripting versus emergence : issues for game developers and players in game environment design. International Journal of Intelligent Games and Simulations, 4(1), pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

This paper defines and discusses two contrasting approaches to designing game environments. The first, referred to as scripting, requires developers to anticipate, hand-craft and script specific game objects, events and player interactions. The second, known as emergence, involves defining general, global rules that interact to give rise to emergent gameplay. Each of these approaches is defined, discussed and analyzed with respect to the considerations and affects for game developers and game players.

Subsequently, various techniques for implementing these design approaches are identified and discussed. It is concluded that scripting and emergence are two extremes of the same continuum, neither of which are ideal for game development. Rather, there needs to be a compromise in which the boundaries of action (such as story and game objectives) can be hardcoded and non-scripted behavior (such as interactions and strategies) are able to emerge within these boundaries.

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ID Code: 46349
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: video games, artificial intelligence, emergence
ISSN: 1477-2043
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 University of Wolverhampton
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2011 08:15
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2011 08:29

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