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Are Evolutionary Algorithms Suitable for Building AI in Games?


“Last week’s developer discussion covered … the applicability of computational intelligence techniques in games, specifically neural networks. This week, the topic is genetic algorithms (GA) and evolutionary strategies.

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“Modern game developers certainly uses specific optimization techniques heavily, in particular for character animation, evolutionary algorithms still haven’t found a regular place in the development process – including for game AI.

  • Are there simply too few problems in games for GA/EA to become widely applied?
  • Do you think applying GA/EA in game design and development requires a specific skillset?
  • Is the evolutionary approach less useful than specific optimization techniques that are already used?”  (full article)

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Newcomb’s commentary:  “Method is more important than strength when you wish to control your enemies. By dropping golden beads near a snake, a crow once managed to have a passer-by kill the snake for the beads.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



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