R Bryant FranciscloseAuthor: R Bryant Francis
Name: Bryant Francis
About: R. Bryant Francis is a former contributing writer to the Jace Hall Show who specializes in gaming, pop culture, and all-around geekiness. Outside of the show, Bryant pursues a career in Hollywood as a producer and filmmaker.See Authors Posts (226)
We’ve talked about the future of Console Gaming here at the Jace Hall Show, and most of our expectations were sort of based on one question–why should there be new consoles? Our current generation consoles can make a lightsaber look like a lightsaber, and they’re even getting pretty close to showing true facial expression. So the processing power’s there, but what’s missing?
Well according to Ubisoft Yves Jacquier, it’s in the AI. Artificial Intelligence. The stuff that turns ordinary computers into neurotoxin-pumping, test-chamber solving, revenge-obsessed robots. No, I did not just finish playing Portal 2, why did you ask?
Right, back on subject. Well anyway, Yves talks about the challenges of making good AI on current-gaming platforms, along with keeping good sound and good graphics sustainable in the mix. As a result, he posits that the next generation of consoles will see an acceleration in AI tech.
Jacques has a right to talk about this. His company’s put out the massively successful Assassin’s Creed games, which require the player to square off with opponents in devious fashion so they can perform successful assassinations. In layman’s terms, you have to sneak around clever guards so you can stab them in the face.
But the challenge is how smart do you make the guards–as it stands, they’re massively predictable, to the point where in AC2, I was able to reliably return to the same haystack in Venice and reliably pull the same captain of local patrol into said haystack without his troops noticing on multiple occasions. (For Lulz, obviously.) In a smarter game, would the patrol learn from that behavior, and pay more attention to that haystack?
What could smarter AI do for your games? Let us know down below!
Post By R Bryant Francis (226 Posts)
R. Bryant Francis is a former contributing writer to the Jace Hall Show who specializes in gaming, pop culture, and all-around geekiness. Outside of the show, Bryant pursues a career in Hollywood as a producer and filmmaker.
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