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Authors: Martin Cerny 1 ; Tomas Plch 1 ; Matej Marko 2 ; Petr Ondracek 2 and Cyril Brom 1

Affiliations: 1 Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic ; 2 Prague Game Studios, Czech Republic

Keyword(s): Smart Areas, Industrial Applications of AI, Computer Games, Open Worlds, Non-player Characters.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Agents ; Artificial Intelligence ; Bioinformatics ; Biomedical Engineering ; Enterprise Information Systems ; Industrial Applications of AI ; Information Systems Analysis and Specification ; Methodologies and Technologies ; Operational Research ; Programming Environments and Languages ; Reactive AI ; Simulation ; Soft Computing

Abstract: Constructing believable behavior of non-player characters (NPCs) for large open worlds in computer games is a challenging application of AI. One of the greatest obstacles for practical game applications lies in managing the complexity of individual behaviors and in managing their development cycle. We propose the use of “Smart areas” to overcome these obstacles and allow for realistic simulation of NPCs day-to-day life and describe a particular implementation for an upcoming AAA game. For practical applications it is also vital to resolve usability issues and assess the productivity of the technology. We have conducted a qualitative study with 8 subjects that compares the performance of working with Smart Areas to using default AI tools. The study indicates that Smart Areas are not difficult to understand, allow for substantial code reuse, resulting in speedup in modification of existing behaviors, and force good structuring of behavior code.

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Paper citation in several formats:
Cerny, M.; Plch, T.; Marko, M.; Ondracek, P. and Brom, C. (2014). Smart Areas - A Modular Approach to Simulation of Daily Life in an Open World Video Game. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 1: ICAART, ISBN 978-989-758-015-4; ISSN 2184-433X, pages 703-708. DOI: 10.5220/0004921107030708

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author={Martin Cerny. and Tomas Plch. and Matej Marko. and Petr Ondracek. and Cyril Brom.},
title={Smart Areas - A Modular Approach to Simulation of Daily Life in an Open World Video Game},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 1: ICAART,},
year={2014},
pages={703-708},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004921107030708},
isbn={978-989-758-015-4},
issn={2184-433X},
}

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - Volume 1: ICAART,
TI - Smart Areas - A Modular Approach to Simulation of Daily Life in an Open World Video Game
SN - 978-989-758-015-4
IS - 2184-433X
AU - Cerny, M.
AU - Plch, T.
AU - Marko, M.
AU - Ondracek, P.
AU - Brom, C.
PY - 2014
SP - 703
EP - 708
DO - 10.5220/0004921107030708

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