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12-06-2009 @ 5:57PM
"Realistically, its not going to be happening in our lifetimes."Might I point out that none of you have actually said what isn't going to happen in our lifetimes. I mean, "better" "smarter" and "more variables" doesn't really illustrate what you actually mean. If the "unrealistic" future you talk about has AI that kites, fakeheals, crowd controls, and reacts dynamically to your every move, a future where AI could realistically compete in arena combat, then that future seems pretty... annoying, anyways.Essentially, the "better" part in "better AI" means better at killing you, the player. Yes, it could be toned down a little, but immagine going out to grind with your warrior, and suddenly you're kited, stunlocked, and when you finally think you've got a mob nailed down he CCs you and runs away to regain health. Is that fun? Is it really that fun to have an unpredictable and smart AI beat you into submission? Good AI wastly excels at anything it is designed for, and it is not hard to immagine that something that is 100% aware of everything happening around it, 100% aware of every possible application for it's abilities, and no reaction time to speak of would excel at this game. Having constant PvP like PvE is ultimately not that great, there are people who like one but not the other for a reason, and most people who enjoy PvP do so because they beat other people and not computers.Ultimately, my point is that everything is fine as it is. Theres nothing wrong with having to go into very controlled environments (instances) and resort to very specific scripted behaviour (which is also "smart" AI, just not very dynamic) to experience anything different from the usual, run towards player - attack / cast spell behaviour. People fail enough at the memorisation-heavy encounters of today, and adding reaction time and the ability to dynamically react as a group to that equation just has epic fail written all over the place.However, on the "not happening in our lifetimes" part, I'm not so sure if that's correct. Good AI (not just in games) is one of the things that modern society could benefit immensely from in so may ways, and seeing just the rate of advancement in computer technology of the last decade, it's not so hard to immagine that such an important field would see major breakthroughs in the foreseeable future.
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