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Bringing Washington D.C. To Life: The AI of The Division 2

AI and Games is a crowdfunded YouTube series that explores research and applications of artificial intelligence in video games.  You can support this work by visiting my Patreon page. In collaboration with Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment, I present three blogs exploring the AI behind Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, including excerpts from my interview with […]

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Keep Playing with Me – Finding Retention Influencers in Destiny

This blogpost has been authored in collaboration with my colleagues (Anders Drachen and Johanna Pirker). In social media we are getting used to see the #adv hashtag when an influencer is promoting a specific product or service. Influencers are people who leverage their connections with others to impact their behavior. Influencers have become a cornerstone […]

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Marvel’s Avengers sets new beta download record on PlayStation

It’s been quite an interesting few weeks for PlayStation milestone odds and ends. Following in the wake of news that Fall Guys has become the most downloaded PlayStation Plus game of all time, Square Enix has now announced that the beta for Marvel’s Avengers managed to set a PlayStation-wide record as well. Neither PlayStation nor […]

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A look at how different-sized studios approach the challenges of QA

Quality assurance is an often underappreciated and misunderstood part of the game development process. Depending on the studio, team sizes can vary from a single person to a whole team of individuals, responsible for testing, tracking, and communicating any bugs they may find. Because of this, the workflow can sometimes be markedly different between studios, […]

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Video: Making the designer-writer collaboration work in game dev

In this 2020 GDC Summer session, writer Susan O’Connor breaks down best practices that any team can use to get writers and designers moving in the same direction. It was a dense 45-minute session packed with useful info, as O’Connor — an experienced game writer, consultant, and teacher — walked attendees through what writers and narrative […]

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Cyberpunk 2077 lands 5 awards including top honors at Gamescom 2020

CD Projekt Red’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 made quite the impression at this year’s Gamescom event, ultimately securing 5 awards during this year’s multi-day digital show. Those honors include the overall Best of Gamescom award, as well as Best Sony PlayStation Game, Best PC Game, Best Role-Playing Game, and the fan-selected Most Wanted Consumer Award, making […]