AI Is Hard, Unnecessary, and Sorely Missed

Xiao-Li Meng writes about the trade-off between efficiency and robustness (bottom of page 208, left side). A solution that works all the time is likely to be inefficient. You can greatly optimize it by making a few assumptions, but then it only works when those assumptions hold. His example is finding a parked car. If … Continue reading AI Is Hard, Unnecessary, and Sorely Missed


I have come to realize that I am an enthusiastic Explorer but often a prickly Achiever. I am most fond of exploring gameplay, rather than being visually stimulated by whatever the new zone is. Most MMOs gate the Explorer content behind Achieving, which works fine at lower levels when things go quickly, and then becomes … Continue reading EASK