Artificial Intelligence for Games / Edition 2

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Overview

Creating robust artificial intelligence is one of the greatest challenges for game developers, yet the commercial success of a game is often dependent upon the quality of the AI. In this book, Ian Millington brings extensive professional experience to the problem of improving the quality of AI in games. He describes numerous examples from real games and explores the underlying ideas through detailed case studies. He goes further to introduce many techniques little used by developers today. The book's associated web site contains a library of C++ source code and demonstration programs, and a complete commercial source code library of AI algorithms and techniques.

"Artificial Intelligence for Games - 2nd edition" will be highly useful to academics teaching courses on game AI, in that it includes exercises with each chapter. It will also include new and expanded coverage of the following: AI-oriented gameplay; Behavior driven AI; Casual games (puzzle games).

Creating robust artificial intelligence is one of the greatest challenges for game developers. AI is increasingly important to games, and a game's commercial success is often dependent on the quality of the AI. However, AI is still not well understood by many developers, and it is often tacked on late in the development process. There remains tremendous room to improve the quality of AI in games. In his new book, Ian Millington brings extensive professional experience to this problem. A game developer since 1987, he was founder of Mindlathe Ltd., at the time the largest specialist AI company in gaming. Ian shows how to think about AI concepts from the start as an integral part of the game play, describes numerous examples from real games, and explores these ideas in-depth through detailed case studies. Plentiful C++ source code examples are included on the CD-ROM to illustrate implementation. He goes further to introduce many techniques currently unknown to developers, and discusses types of AI specific to different genres of games, such as driving or sports games. A comprehensive, professional tutorial and reference to implement true AI in games written by an engineer with extensive industrial experience.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Ian Millington's book is a comprehensive reference to the most widely used techniques in game AI today. Any game developer working on AI will learn something from this book, and game producers should make sure their AI programmers have a copy." -Dr. Ian Lane Davis, Mad Doc Software
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123747310
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 896
  • Sales rank: 643,404
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Millington is a partner of IPR Ventures, a consulting company developing next-generation AI technologies for entertainment, modeling, and simulation. Previously he founded Mindlathe Ltd, the largest specialist AI middleware company in computer games, working with on a huge range of game genres and technologies. He has a long background in AI, including PhD research in complexity theory and natural computing. He has published academic and professional papers and articles on topics ranging from paleontology to hypertext.

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Table of Contents

AI and Games
Introduction
What Is AI?
Model of Game AI
Algorithms, Data Structures, and Representations
On the Website
Layout of the Book
Game AI
The Complexity Fallacy
The Kind of AI in Games
Speed and Memory
The AI Engine
Techniques
Movement

The Basics of Movement Algorithms
Kinematic Movement Algorithms
Steering Behaviors
Combining Steering Behaviors
Predicting Physics
Jumping
Coordinated Movement
Motor Control
Movement in the Third Dimension
Pathfinding

The Pathfinding Graph
Dijkstra
A*
World Representations
Improving on A*
Hierarchical Pathfinding
Other Ideas in Pathfinding
Continuous Time Pathfinding
Movement Planning
Decision Making

Overview of Decision Making
Decision Trees
State Machines
Behavior Trees
Fuzzy Logic
Markov Systems
Goal-Oriented Behavior
Rule-Based Systems
Blackboard Architectures
Scripting
Action Execution
Tactical and Strategic AI
Waypoint Tactics
Tactical Analyses
Tactical Pathfinding
Coordinated Action
Learning

Learning Basics
Parameter Modification
Action Prediction
Decision Learning
Naive Bayes Classifiers
Decision Tree Learning
Reinforcement Learning
Artificial Neural Networks
Board Games
Game Theory
Minimaxing
Transposition Tables and Memory
Memory-Enhanced Test Algorithms
Opening Books and Other Set Plays
Further Optimizations
Turn-Based Strategy Games

Supporting Technologies
Execution Management

Scheduling
Anytime Algorithms
Level of Detail
World Interfacing

Communication
Getting Knowledge Efficiently
Event Managers
Polling Stations
Sense Management
Tools and Content Creation

Knowledge for Pathfinding and Waypoint Tactics
Knowledge for Movement
Knowledge for Decision Making
The Toolchain
Designing Game AI
Designing Game AI

The Design
Shooters
Driving
Real-Time Strategy
Sports
Turn-Based Strategy Games
AI-Based Game Genres
Teaching Characters
Flocking and Herding Games
Appendix
Books, Periodicals, and Papers
Games

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

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    Detailed explanations of AI algorithms, their purpose and usage

    Artificial Intelligence for Games by Ian Millington and John Funge covers lots of topics but is mainly designed to help the reader to master one element of game development which is artificial intelligence (AI). The book covers a wide range of techniques for game AI including detailed explanations of AI algorithms, their purpose and usage.


    As I have learnt from this book, artificial intelligence is about making computers able to perform some thinking tasks that human and animals are capable of. This includes superhuman abilities in solving many arithmetic, sorting, searching and decision making problems. This book shows how it can be achieved revealing a range of techniques to the reader.


    The book is split into five parts: introduction for AI in games, the substance of the AI (movement, pathfinding, decision making, tactical and strategic reasoning, learning), technologies and ways of implementation that enable the AI to do its job and finally designing game AI.


    I think this book could be aimed at a wide range of readers but is most suitable for those looking for solid understanding of game AI and comprehensive reference to techniques used in top studios. The book helps to gain a deep and thorough view on modeling complex emotional states, triggers, and behaviors. To get the most from the book, you have to manage some time to read it and to understand its contents. If you need a quick AI solutions repository you should probably find another book related to a particular technology or computer language.


    The book is associated with a website that contains a library of C++ source code covering the techniques found in the book. Hopefully the C++ code used in samples is relatively easy to read and includes many comments. There are also demonstration programs compiled as EXE files.


    Besides many technical solutions to AI related issues I have also learnt from this book a few high-level things. For instance I have learnt that creating good AI is all about matching the right behaviors to the right algorithms and that often, a very simple technique used well can have better results then implementing complex the AI in the game.


    This book is an open minder or a view broadener on many aspects related to the AI in games. It can also serve as a great example of good analysis, desing and prototyping examples of more or less complex algorithms which are about to use in specific projects. This is a very valuable title for any computer science professional dealing with Artificial Intelligence (for games).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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