AI agents in virtual reality worlds: programming intelligent VR in C++, Volume 1

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John Wiley, Jan 25, 1996 - Computers - 309 pages
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All the programming know-how and software tools you need to create INTELLIGENT characters for your games and virtual environments

Are you becoming bored with VR characters who always do the expected? Want to interact with interesting, intelligent virtual opponents (and allies) who think, learn, and always offer new challenges? Now this book/CD supplies you with everything you need to create these kinds of entities. As he walks you through the development of a game, Mark Watson shows you how to inhabit it with characters who, like mini-intelligent systems, solve problems, analyze situations, make decisions, second guess you. . .and even cheat!

The key to imbuing your characters with intelligence is a complete C++ VR Agent Toolkit that uses neural networks, genetic algorithms, rule-based programming, and plan management. Mark Watson carefully explains the design of the C++ library for the toolkit and, more importantly, provides a wealth of guidelines, tips, and expert advice on how to use the software tools contained in the toolkit for developing your own games.

CD-ROM includes:
* The VR Agent Toolkit C++ library implemented for a variety of platforms

Complete example programs for Windows, Macintosh, OpenGL, RenderWare, and Unix X Windows

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Contents

Multiparadigm Programming
9
Introduction to the VR Agent Toolkit
57
Implementation of the VR Agent Toolkit in C++
75
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About the author (1996)

MARK WATSON is a software engineer at Angel Studios currently working on games for Nintendo and Sega game consoles. He has written commercial Expert System development tools for the Xerox LISP Machine and the Apple Macintosh. He developed the first implementation of the SAIC ANSIM neural network simulator for the Windows environment.