21 Dec
2011
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The Ultimate Specialty Piece

A dream for many Minecraft players is for non-player character artificial intelligence. We have been given villages and villagers, but they don’t do anything yet. The prospects of NPC AI are enough to make one salivate all over their keyboard. Think about: a village in Minecraft that is built by villagers, who collect their own resources to protect and expand their lands. And more, we would be able to interact with these villagers!

Imagine you have just climbed a mountain and are overlooking a valley below. There is an unusual uniformity in the squiggles of nature. You have found a village! You rush down to the village and crack an ankle on a cliff. You recover and continue your sprint to your new life. You make contact with the villagers. They tell you that they will be friends with you if you give them materials. Two weeks game time later, your 50X50 strip-mine to bedrock has propelled your village into the industrial age. Now imagine that as you expand your borders, you find a new village. The villagers happen do not like each other. It is war with the other village! And the best part is, the other village is being helped by another player.

This is what Lego could never give us. NPC AI is the ultimate specialty piece.

So, what do you think?

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