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Session Name: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Improving Visualization of AI Info
Speaker(s): Bill Merrill, Mika Vehkala
Company Name(s): Turtle Rock Studios, Guerrilla Games
Track / Format: AI Summit

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Overview: When AI was simple, debugging consisted of confirming that the character was simply doing the one thing you expected. Over time, debugging moved away from "what" and became more about "why?" or "why not?" The collision of information about the agents, the environment, the player and the game state creates an enormous amount of data that can affect the decisions that the characters make. In this session, three developers will share methods that their studios employed to expose that information in manageable, understandable ways to programmers and designers alike. Bill Merrill of Turtle Rock Studios will explain a simple yet powerful timeline-like view they used in the upcoming Evolve. Charles Gast will show details of their HTTP-based Game State Inspector, allowing powerful information widgets for The Sims 4. Mika Vehkala will demonstrate features of ReView as used for debugging the multi-player bots in Killzone: Shadow Fall.

GDC 2014

Bill Merrill

Turtle Rock Studios

Mika Vehkala

Guerrilla Games

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