Creating a new NPC for your game can be an interesting challenge, especially under tight time constraints.
Often, it involves many different departments (design, art, sound, effects, and programming) that have to coordinate to craft a distinct character rather than a jumble of different pieces and parts.
Artificial intellgience design typically sits squarely in the center of this process by coordinating all the different working parts into something that feels like a character, and with that in mind AI experts Rez Graham and Daniel Brewer took the stage during the GDC 2014 AI Summit to offer up case studies of how NPCs were designed and built for Electronic Arts' The Sims: Medieval and Digital Extremes' Warframe.
Those are two very different games, and thus Brewer and Graham's learnings were distinct and broadly applicable to a wide range of game design work.
If you missed it in person, you can now watch their tag-team talk completely free over on the Official GDC YouTube channel.
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