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Speaking at East Coast Game Conference

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

ECGCI have recently accepted an invitation to speak at the East Coast Game Conference in Raleigh, NC. ECGC takes place on the 23rd-24th at the Raleigh Convention Center. I will be speaking on a favorite topic of mine, the psychology of AI. The lecture will be similar to a session I presented at the GDC AI Summit in 2012. The official description is below.

Subconscious Fishhooks: Leveraging the Players’ Own Psychology for Believable Characters

When dealing with game AI characters, psychology can’t help but come into play. Players process what they see and experience through a filter of expectations. We expect human-like game characters to exhibit human-like traits. A by-product of the quest to improve AI decisions, however, is that characters can begin to “feel” robotic and sterile. This session will use examples from film and other media showing how we process information in unexpected ways. The lecture will then show how characters can be imbued with simple “psychological fishhooks” in order to seem more “alive” and believable. Note: This session will be of interest to designers, animators, and writers – not just AI programmers!!

The conference also boasts some very interesting speakers from around the industry, including the legendary Ken Rolston. I’m looking forward to not only being a part of this conference, but attending it as well! Hope to see you there!

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