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Intrinsically motivated general companion NPCs via Coupled Empowerment Maximisation

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games, CIG 2016
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781509018833
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2017
Event2016 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games, CIG 2016 - Santorini, Greece
Duration: 20 Sep 201623 Sep 2016

Conference

Conference2016 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games, CIG 2016
CountryGreece
CitySantorini
Period20/09/1623/09/16

Abstract

Non-player characters (NPCs) in games are traditionally hard-coded or dependent on pre-specified goals, and consequently struggle to behave sensibly in ever-changing and possibly unpredictable game worlds. To make them fit for new developments in procedural content generation, we introduce the principle of Coupled Empowerment Maximisation as an intrinsic motivation for game NPCs. We focus on the development of a general game companion, designed to support the player in achieving their goals. We evaluate our approach against three intuitive and abstract companion duties. We develop dedicated scenarios for each duty in a dungeon-crawler game testbed, and provide qualitative evidence that the emergent NPC behaviour fulfils these duties. We argue that this generic approach can speed up NPC AI development, improve automatic game evolution and introduce NPCs to full game-generation systems.

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