Dave Mark's Blog
Dave Mark is the president and lead designer of Intrinsic Algorithm LLC, an independent game development studio and AI consulting company in Omaha, Nebraska. He has been programming since 1984 when he was in high school where, much to the dismay of his teacher, he wrote his first text adventure on the school’s DEC PDP-1144.
After a brief detour in the music business as a composer/arranger, keyboard player, and recording engineer during the early 1990s, Dave re-entered the technology arena in 1995. In 2002, he came to the startling realization that the corporate IT consulting and development world is a little short on creativity and fun. As a result, Dave left to start Intrinsic Algorithm LLC with his wife, Laurie.
He is the author of "Behavioral Mathematics for Game AI" and is a contributor to the AI Game Programming Wisdom series of books, a semi-regular columnist at AIGameDev, a founding member of the AI Game Programmers Guild, and is a co-organizer and co-host of the AI Summit at GDC.
Dave continues to attend the University of Life. He does not plan to graduate anytime soon.
An examination of why what people THINK is bad game AI might not really be the fault of the AI programmer. (Yes, it is about Skyrim.)
What sorts of things you would like to hear about at the GDC AI Summit? Tell the AI Game Programmers Guild!
Why are we in the game business so afraid of good AI? Perhaps the AI in Ghost Recon: Future Soldier might help move us past our inhibitions.
Wherein I take some time the morning before E3 to ponder exactly what I expect to get out of what it has to offer me.
The football game, "Backbreaker" uses the Euphoria physics engine for its player motion. However, as one reviewer notes, if the player and coach AI is bad enough that the game is unplayable, it doesn't matter how good the physics look. I discuss.
Total War creator, The Creative Assembly, has announced the development of "Shogun 2" claiming that it features an AI system inspired by Sun Tzu's "The Art of War". While this is a nice idea, in large part, AI developers already use Sun Tzu's advice.
Dave Mark's Comments
[Blog - 04/27/2016 - 11:30]
I get a lot of ...
I get a lot of requests for that link as people bestow it upon their students. One of my more popular bits of writing. Admittedly, it looked a lot better on GDMag with all the pictures of Mexican food all over it
[News - 02/19/2016 - 02:55]
Odd that this is coming ...
Odd that this is coming back up. I 've been beating the human-like behavior and sub-optimal decision drum for 8 years. Heck, the primary theme of my book and many of my GDC lectures was on this.
[Blog - 11/05/2014 - 06:58]
[Blog - 09/13/2014 - 05:37]
It might help to compress ...
It might help to compress further by filtering on a 2-axis system -- both importance and time. There are a couple of ways to do this. r n r nA Give each memory a score weighted by how important something is and then decay that score over time by a ...
[Blog - 05/29/2014 - 10:01]
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