Evolutionary game design : automated game design comes of age

Browne, Cameron B. (2014) Evolutionary game design : automated game design comes of age. SIG EVOlution: Newsletter of the ACM Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, 6(2), pp. 3-16.

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Abstract

The "Humies" awards are an annual competition held in conjunction with the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO), in which cash prizes totalling $10,000 are awarded to the most human-competitive results produced by any form of evolutionary computation published in the previous year. This article describes the gold medal-winning entry from the 2012 "Humies" competition, based on the LUDI system for playing, evaluating and creating new board games. LUDI was able to demonstrate human-competitive results in evolving novel board games that have gone on to be commercially published, one of which, Yavalath, has been ranked in the top 2.5% of abstract board games ever invented. Further evidence of human-competitiveness was demonstrated in the evolved games implicitly capturing several principles of good game design, outperforming human designers in at least one case, and going on to inspire a new sub-genre of games.

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ID Code: 82412
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Game design, General game playing, LUDI, Evolutionary game design
DOI: 10.1145/2597453.2597454
ISSN: 1931-8499
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 ACM
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2015 23:38
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2015 04:10

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