toasty • on 4th Kajam

Rise of the robots

Improvise, adapt, and overcome! Or at least, tell a computer how to do that. Yes, the 4th Kajam's theme is Artificial Intelligence.

AI has been used in games since at least the early '70s, becoming more popular with classics like Space Invaders (1978) and Pac-Man (1980). Genres —like RTS and FPS—from the '90s brought the development of AI in games to a new level, and with more recent titles like the Half-Life episodes we started to see quite convincing cooperative AI.

Your mission—should you choose to accept it—is to create a game using AI in some way. It doesn't have to CRUSH ALL HUMANS be particularly complicated: if you're stuck for ideas, try tweaking your path-finding algorithms; creating a novel NPC; or just making a really hard-to-beat opponent. If that doesn't suit you, other takes on the theme are very welcome too! (Edit: In particular if you'd rather make a game where the player has to write the AI, that's also fine!)

Schedule

  • March 29th - April 23rd: The jam. Make a small gam, trying to focus on AI in ways you might not have done before. Spend as much or as little time as you want, and work with others or alone. There are no rules, so just try to have fun!
  • April 23rd - April 30th: Feedback time! For a whole week, all entrants can play and rate other people's games. Try to give encouragement for things that went well, and useful suggestions on what to improve.
  • April 30th: The results!

For inspiration

Comments (6)

Raindrinker
4 months ago

Does that mean the game has to have AI, or the game can be about AI?
I'd really like to make a programming game of the likes of Zachtronic's stuff, but in their games, the player is the one tasked of "developing" the AI. Would that fit? :)

toasty
4 months ago

Hey @Raindrinker, yes, that also works! Anything AI-related (or not, really; the only requirement is that you make a game and be nice, after all) is great. :)

FWIW I'd even argue that making the player write the AI still requires the developer to think about how the AI should work, so you're still gaining experience in the same areas. So all good :)

Raindrinker
4 months ago

Does Alakajam have a discord? If not, if you want, we could make one to share progress and ideas :)

toasty
4 months ago

At the moment the most active place seems to be IRC: you can join us using the web interface on this site, or pointing your own IRC client at #alakajam on AfterNET :)

I don't think there is currently a discord but I might be wrong. I know there was one at some point, but it wasn't very active IIRC.

Aurel300
4 months ago

Personally, I much prefer IRC – it's at least one gamejam that keeps the tradition alive. :)

Raindrinker
4 months ago

Yeah, I just asked cause I didn't know about the IRC - It's great :)

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