Wednesday Dec 13, 2006

Multi-Core and Gaming AI

I just read a new developer diary entry by Brad Wardel on taking advantage of multi-core CPUs. He is the AI developer on a new game, Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar. Here's a scenario he paints:
Player sits down on a Friday night to play Galactic Civilizations III, loads up the game, and starts.

Upon contact with the Drengin Empire...

Drengin: "So Brad, I see you're playing again on another Friday night. That's pretty sad. Last Friday you played for 5 hours. According to your Tivo, you didn't record Battlestar Galactic. Loser. So, you going to do your usual build up a massive army while trading with me to get good relations and then attack? Because, this week we're playing by my rules. That's right. Here's how tonight's game is going to go. You're going to let me win. If you quit or defeat me I'm going to upload those baby pictures I found in 'My Documents' up to the Internet. You're going to lose and you're going to suck it down. Also, you're going to exterminate the Torian Conferation. Each game you buddy up to those freaks and I'm sick of it. So this time you're going to betray them like you did me. Yes yes, I know that the Torians have access to your MySpace page but that's a chance you're going to have to take..."

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Ah yes, we will finally be able to make computer players as malicious as real life human beings! By having them remember between games we can simulate grudges and with a few extra cores, have it learn all about you. EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU.
Multi-Core gaming is here and the future holds amazing potential for what can be done. AI opponents just like human players now that is scary...... <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript"> var sc_project=1115798; var sc_invisible=1; var sc_partition=10; var sc_security="a3cd786a"; </script> <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="http://www.statcounter.com/counter/counter.js"></script>

Tuesday Nov 28, 2006

50 Aliens, 50 Days

Just found this great giveaway. I guess 20 of them are gone but another 30 still ahead. Verizon is giving gamers a reason to celebrate the holidays in style by giving away 50 Alienware computers in 50 Days. From November 10 through December 29, 2006, we'll be giving away one Alienware PC gaming rig each day, so the more days you play online using Verizon PlayLinc, the more likely you are to win. They are giving away, Aurora™ 3500 system with an AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4200+ (dual core) processor. <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript"> var sc_project=1115798; var sc_invisible=1; var sc_partition=10; var sc_security="a3cd786a"; </script> <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript" src="http://www.statcounter.com/counter/counter.js"></script>

Tuesday Sep 12, 2006

New Apple things plus games for your iPod

Engadget has a good writeup of the on stage presentation

We just knew that games were going to be made for the iPod. Now for $4.99 you can download them from the iTunes stores, favorites such as Zuma, Texas Holden, Mini Golf, Cubis 2, PacMan, Tetris! and many more....
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