Application Stream: Invited Keynote Lecture

Artificial Intelligence for Computer Games

Professor Peter Astheimer
University of Abertay Dundee

Artificial intelligence (and in fact any other technology used to realise a computer game) has to support gameplay. Gameplay is jargon for and summarises a number of crucial characteristics which are essential for a good and successful game. The most important characteristic of gameplay is to keep the player engaged at every moment e.g. through a compelling story or a skills challenge. Competition and cooperation with other players, working towards a goal, facing a challenge which can be mastered at some time, having fun and making the player curious to “look around the next corner” are other important characteristics of good gameplay.

Examples, where artificial intelligence concepts can make a significant contribution to improve gameplay are: