The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in video games is nothing new.
The use of artificial intelligence to play video games is a little different though. Thing is, it makes perfect sense when one thinks about it, at least when they think about the development of AI. When you sit down to a video game, even one as “simple” as Super Mario Brothers, you are going to make hundreds of decisions in a very short space of time.
Do you dodge that enemy, or stomp him? Do you jump over that pipe now or wait to make sure there’s not a bad guy in it. Do you try and speed through the level, or take your time? Do you… And the list goes on.
So what happens when you design AI to play Super Mario? Well, you get perfect runs with perfect timing and something incredible to watch.