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C S 3 5 4 0. at UVU. Dr. Brian Durney. Computing and Networking Sciences. Why Game Programming?. It’s fun! . (Most of the time) It’s also a whole lot of work: game design software design and implementation art, music, sound, writing testing. Nine Billion Dollars.

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C S 3 5 4 0

at UVU

Dr. Brian Durney

Computing and Networking Sciences

Why game programming

Why Game Programming?

It s fun

It’s fun!

(Most of the time)

It’s also a whole lot of work:

  • game design

  • software design and implementation

  • art, music, sound, writing

  • testing

Nine billion dollars

Nine Billion Dollars

Computer games are a big industry.

"More money is spent on games than on movies."




Yes, real research:

No, they’re not talking about chess.

Human-level AI’s Killer Application:

Interactive Computer Games

John E. Laird and Michael van Lent

University of Michigan

My favorite things

My favorite things:

  • Graphics Programming

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Network Programming

  • Interesting Math Problems

  • Game Design

  • Writing and Art

What we will do this term

What we will do this term:

  • Graphics

  • Game Design

  • Game AI



Unity unity3d com


Why unity

Why Unity?

  • Cross-platform Windows and Mac OS X

  • Easy to use (for a game engine) but powerful

  • It’s free…or at least there is a free version

  • Web browser plug-in

Assignment 1 unity box world game

Assignment 1: Unity Box World Game

  • User input

  • Image texture

  • 3D model

  • Moving objects

  • Collision detection

  • Timer

  • A way to win

Game design


What makes a good game

What makes a good game?

Game review and presentation

Game Review and Presentation

Look at a commercial game in terms of the game design principles we discuss in class.

Interactive fiction

Interactive Fiction

  • Text games

  • Venerable ancestors of ...

  • Game balance, story line, nonlinear plots, characters, combat, etc.

  • Story generation

Game ai

Game AI

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Write a program to control a bot.

We will also look at this game in terms of graphics and game design.

Uv bots

UV Bots










Programming problem

Programming Problem

How can the server efficiently tell when one bot hits another?

Programming problem1

Programming Problem

How can the display keep the beam from going through obstacles?

3d display using unity

3D Display using Unity



Artificial Intelligence in Interactive Digital Entertainment

Story generator and director

Story generator and director

  • Automated dungeon master

    • Creates map

    • Creates plot/storyline

    • Runs adventure

      Easy, right?

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Cmsec simulators

CMSEC Simulators

CMSEC Simulators

  • Human flight director

  • Single ship

  • Cocoa (Mac OS X)

Iworlds simulator project

iWorlds simulator project

  • Multiple ships

  • Cross-platform with HTTP communication

    • Clients can be written using JavaScript, Flex, Unity, Java, etc.

    • Web-based games are possible

  • Educational games

Unity 3d display

Unity 3D display

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Organization for Making and Exploring Game Applications

Help build a computer game experience like no other: a game that puts you and your friends on a starship bridge with a 50-inch main view screen, 6 computer stations, and props, fighting an enemy crew that's just waiting to blow you away in real-time space combat.

Omega simulator project

OMEGA simulator project

  • Optional AI flight director

  • Real-time

  • 3D graphics

  • Online—MMO (or at least MO) RPG or RTS some day

  • Working with iWorlds



  • I encourage groups of 2 to 3 students for the project.

  • Specialize in graphics, game AI, game design.

  • Complete

    • Not necessarily a complete game, but should be a complete game, tool, or library.

  • Programming required

    • Not just a level design

    • I must be able to read your source code and play your game.

Project ideas

Project Ideas

  • UV Bots

    • map editor

    • 3D display, Flash/Flex display, ...

    • game design and mechanics

  • iWorlds/OMEGA

    • spaceship combat

    • trade and exploration

    • mini games


Project ideas1

Project Ideas

  • Story generator and director

    • Use AI planner to generate and analyze plots

    • Choose manageable subproblem and implement for NWN, UT, Half-life, text game, ...

  • Your idea here...

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