There aren’t too many Smart Links for you this Saturday, but things should pick up next week with GDC Lyon! Feel free to contact me if you have any news or tips for next week.
Senior AI Programmer at 2K Boston
John R. Abercrombie sent note that 2K Boston (a.k.a. Irrational) is looking for a senior AI programmer. They developed BioShock (see the post-mortem video from an IGDA talk, mentioned a few weeks back) and SWAT 4. They have pretty cool goal-directed AI system, which they presented at GDC 2005.
Be sure to check out this position if you think you’re up to the job!
It’s All Uncanny - Write The Game
Aaron Miller writes about the problems of near-realistic characters in games:
“The uncanny valley isn’t only an artist’s problem. The term usually appears in art discussions because that field has seen many rapid advances in recent decades. But the problems that arise with near-realism equally concern the fields of artificial intelligence, physics simulation, and story.”
It’s All Uncanny, writethegame.com
How Does the Uncanny Valley Affect Character Design?, AiGameDev.com
LiveMove Pro Features
John Funge wrote to let me know that there are new videos about LiveMove Pro, which was released recently and announced here.
Analyzing the AI in Call of Duty 2
Dave Mark discusses the use of invunerable NPCs in level design, and the risks of using single raycasts to determine visibility. He also subsequently analyses the logic for detecting grenads in CoD2 and makes suggestions on how this could be fixed.
Call of Duty 2: Omniscience and Invulnerability, intrinsicalgorithm.com
Call of Duty 2: “I saw that grenade coming!”, intrinsicalgorithm.com
Total Immersion Software Selects Kynapse Middleware
Kynogon’s game AI middleware has been licensed by another game company. Andy Wood over at TowerOne has the details of the deal:
“RealWorld, developed by Total Immersion Software under contract to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), delivers an intelligent tool suite providing drag and drop ease to rapidly create simulations so real that it can be used to train teams of professionals to handle complex situations such as military missions, rescue operations, and natural disasters.”
Total Immersion Software selects Kynapse, towerone.com
Stay tuned next week for more game AI links from the web!