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Bug Hunting: Understanding AI Architecture with Epic Failures

Alex J. Champandard on September 26, 2011

Modern games feature very complex AI, and it's no secret that the systems break down when subject to the combination of ambitious designers and creative players. YouTube and other social media channels are full of bugs captured from even the most recent games. Looking at these bugs is not only instructive, but can provide unique insights into the implementation itself!

In this discussion, you'll discover the basics of Game AI architecture through a series of entertaining in-game bugs caught on tape! AiGameDev.com's resident experts Philip Dunstan and Alex Champandard will dissect and analyse the bugs so you're able to understand the big picture behind the technology. After this tutorial, you'll finally be able to answer why the NPCs in your favorite game are behaving the way they do, and what the solutions are.