Hackathon in Videogames at EVO* 2014


Hi to all,

Finally, the EVOHackathon will be held in the Oficina de Software Libre on Tuesday 22 April (one day before EVOGames conference).

There are 5 projects confirmed right now,namely:

  • Creating autonomous agents for Super Mario Bros. game
  • Creating an AI engine for the game Wetland (Greyman Studios)
  • Creating bots for 1 vs 1 combats in the RTS Planet Wars
  • Procedural generation of stages for a new game (Greyman Studios)
  • Progamer: Code visualization tool based in Super Mario Bros. levels

As you can see, two of them are proposed and will be directed by a videogames company.

We invite you to join us. It is free! :D


EVOGames CFP 11/Nov


EVOGames es una sesión dedicada a la investigación dentro del campo de los videojuegos, que se incluye dentro del congreso EVO* 2014, que se celebrará en Granada del 23 al 25 de Abril del próximo año.

El Call for Papers ha sido retrasado hasta el 11 de Noviembre, fecha definitiva para el envío de artículos.


EVOGames is a Special Session devoted to research works in videgames scope. It is included inside EVO* 2014, to be held in Granada (Spain) next month of April.

The CFP has been delayed to the 11th of November.

CEDI 2013. Programar no es un juego de niños… ¿o sí?

Dentro del Primer Simposio Español de Entretenimiento Digital (SEED) del CEDI 2013, presentamos una herramienta para visualizar código Java en forma de videojuego tipo Super Mario.  El artículo se llama “Code Reimagined: Gamificación a través de la visualización de código”.

La idea consiste en una representación tipo mapa (parecido a un treemap) del árbol sintáctico. Los bloques de código se representan mediante plataformas, las expresiones como cajas, los bucles con tuberías y el retorno como una puerta… la verdad es que esta representación da mucho juego.

Al ejecutar paso a paso el programa se visualiza a Secret Maryo (la versión libre de Super Mario) recorriendo el escenario del programa.

Aquí está el código y esta es la presentación:

Modelando el conocimiento de un experto en Unreal Tournament (CEDI 2013)

En concreto, hemos presentado el artículo “Modelling Human Expert Behaviour in an Unreal Tournament 2004 Bot” dentro del Primer Simposio Español en Entretenimiento Digital, incluido dentro del CEDI 2013.

Y vosotros diréis, ¿por qué un artículo en inglés en un congreso español?. Pues porque los artículos en inglés que sean seleccionados podrán enviarse a un número especial de la revista Entertainment Computing (Elsevier). A ver si hay suerte. :D

El trabajo presenta el diseño de un bot (jugador autónomo) para jugar a Unreal Tournament 2004 (UT2K4). Dicho bot ha sido creado por Francisco Aisa y Ricardo Caballero, modelando el conocimiento y comportamiento de un jugador experto en dicho juego (el primero de ellos ;D).

La presentación podéis verla en:

Que la disfrutéis (y nos citéis, claro). :D


Unreal Expert Bots at IWANN 2013

Last week there was held IWANN 2013 at Tenerife, an international conference mainly devoted to researches inside the neural networks scope. In it, Antonio Fernández Leiva, Raúl Lara and Me organized the Special Session on Artificial Intelligence and Games.

There were five works in the session, one of them “Designing and Evolving an Unreal Tournament— 2004 Expert Bot“.

It describes the designing and improvement, through off-line (not during the game) evolution, of an autonomous agent (or bot) for playing the game Unreal Tournament 2004. This was created by means of a finite state machine which models the expert behaviour of a human player in 1 vs 1 deathmatch mode, following the rules of the international competition.

Then, the bot was improved by means of a Genetic Algorithm, yielding an agent that is, in turn a very hard opponent for the medium-level human player and which can (easily) beat the default bots in the game, even in the maximum difficulty level.

The presentation can be seen at:

Moreover, you can watch one example of the evolution in the following video:

Finally, the Unreal Expert and Genetic bot’s source code are available at https://github.com/franaisa/ExpertAgent

Enjoy them. ;)

Super Mario autonomous agents at LION 2013

Recently, inside the last LION 7 (2013) conference (Special Session on Games and Computational Intelligence) there was presented the paper entitled “FSM-Based Agents for Playing Super Mario Game”.

It describes the implementation and test of an autonomous agent which can play Super Mario game better than an expert user can do (in some trained levels).
It is build starting from a Finite State Machine and applying an Evolutionary Algorithm.

The presentation is:

You can watch one example of the obtained agent playing a game here:

Enjoy it. ;)

Genebot (again) in CIG2012

Adaptative bots for real-time strategy game via map characterization(A.Fernández-Ares, P.García-Sánchez, A.M. Mora, J.J Merelo) is the title of the paper we have presented in CIG2012. In this work we use Genetics Algorithms for improve an adaptative bot for play (and win!) to planet wars. We made it through the characterization of the maps, studing those features (calculated quickly) that influence in bot behavior:  

The abstract:

This paper presents a proposal for a fast on-line map analysis for the RTS game Planet Wars in order to define specialized strategies for an autonomous bot. This analysis is used to tackle two constraints of the game, as featured in the Google AI Challenge 2010: the players cannot store any information from turn to turn, and there is a limited action time of just one second.They imply that the bot must analyze the game map quickly, to adapt its strategy during the game. Based in our previous work, in this paper we have evolved bots for different types of maps. 

Then, all bots are combined in one, to choose the evolved strategy depending on the geographical configuration of the game in each
Several experiments have been conducted to test the new approach, which outperforms our previous version, based on an off-line general training.