Advanced AI: What are your hopes?July 10, 2020 at 7:23 pm
Two weeks ago, I asked about hopes for the open world. Today, I’d like to ask about a major aspect of gameplay, specifcally the AI. Alex and the team hope to have an advanced character ai in Paralives. So what specifically would you like to see?
For me, I’d like to see 4 major things: Parafolk getting into routines, reactions to new things, developing likes/dislikes based on the player’s actions, and most importantly making smart decisions based on their life situations.
Routines: For example, if a Para cooks dinner every day at 6 pm, maybe it could become a learned routine and a prompt could come up at 6 pm saying something like “Would you like this Para to start making dinner”, and you could choose yes or no based on whats happening at the time.
Reactions: Let’s say a Para grows up with vegetarian or vegan parents so they never eat meat. If they decide to try meat later in life, they won’t just gobble it up, they’d need to take time to get used to the taste and they’d react accordingly. Maybe they’re put off at first. Maybe they straight up don’t like it and decide the hate meat and it becomes a hated food. EX 2: If a kid sees an animal for the first time as a baby, they would likely be scared, maybe fearful. But maybe some will be curious. Their feelings towards the animal could vary based on their initial reactions.
Likes/dislikes: For developing likes/dislikes, let’s say a Para eats pancakes every saturday morning since their childhood. Eventually they grow to really like pancakes, and maybe it becomes their favorite food. For a dislike, maybe if a Para grows up in a neighborhood with lots of aggressive, scary dogs, they start to dislike dogs which can grow if they have more negative interactions, or reverse if they begin to have positive interactions with dogs.
Decision making: I would really like to see prompts of Paras making decisions for major life changes. If a Para has a job at a public pool across the street, but later quit and get a new job at a school downtown, I think they should start contemplating moving to a new home closer to their job. If a kid plays soccer all the time and loves it, maybe they’d start wanting to join a soccer team or they’d aspire to be a professional soccer player when they grow up.
So, what kind of advanced character ai do you hope to see in Paralives? How would you like your Paras to behave?
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