Bonus Feature: Intelligent Mistakes Key To Believable AI

In the latest in Gamasutra's series of discipline-targeted articles, programming veteran Mick West offers a thought-provoking look at improving the believability of AI opponents in games by upping their use of "intelligent mistakes."

Neversoft co-founder West observes, in a piece originally written for Game Developer magazine, that in many genres, programming opponents that understand the situation and can perform perfectly is trivial.

But programming opponents that make convincing and believable mistakes is much more of a challenge. Gamers are often very keenly aware that they are being manipulated by AI that makes deliberate and obvious mistakes to level the playing field.

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