Influence Map-based Controllers for Ms. PacMan and the Ghosts

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Johan Svensson, Stefan Johansson
Title: Influence Map-based Controllers for Ms. PacMan and the Ghosts
Translated title: Influenskartsbaserade styrprogram för ms. PacMan och spökena
Conference name: IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games
Year: 2012
Pagination: 257-264
Publisher: IEEE
City: Granada
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: Ms. Pac-Man, one of the classic arcade games has
recently gained attention in the field of game AI through the
yearly competitions of various kinds held at e.g. CIG. We have
implemented an Influence Map-based controller for Ms. Pac-Man
as well as for the ghosts within the game. We show that it is able to handle a number of various situations through the interesting behaviors emerging through the interplay of the different maps. It is also significantly better than the previous implementations based on similar techniques, such as potential fields.
Subject: Computer Science\Artificial Intelligence
Digital Game Development\General
Keywords: Influence maps, Ms PacMan