Cameron McGuinness

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—A correctly designed dynamic programming algorithm can be used as a fitness function to permit the evolution of maze-like levels for use in games. This study compares multiple representations for evolvable mazes including direct, as well as positive and negative indirect representations. The first direct representation simply specifies, with a binary gene,(More)
—Search based procedural content generation uses search techniques to locate high-quality content elements for use in games. This study specifies and tests an evolutionary-computation based system to generate tiles and plans that decompose the problem of assembling large levels. Evolutionary computation is used as an off-line tool to generate libraries of(More)
Recent research has shown that it is possible to design fitness functions, based on dynamic programming, that allow evolutionary computation to automatically generate level maps for games. In this study levels with multiple types of barriers are automatically designed. The levels are designed under the assumption that there are two agent types and that at(More)
—This study introduces a new representation landscape automata for encoding heightmaps that may be used for terrain generation or other procedural content generation. Landscape automata are evolvable state-conditioned quadtrees with embedded decay parameters. Landscape automata are used to both match idealized landforms and to generate a heightmap with(More)