Applied Semiotics: Application of metaphors to mathematical constructs is fundamental to game design, as games are representations. Computational semiotics is increasingly relevant in an era of Machine Intelligence, and linguistics and linguistic optimization has never been more critical. Combinatorics are naturally applied to words and signifiers to generate insight, but high value insights require breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding. Our team has the the interdisciplinary background to apply these techniques in an array of creative, procedural contexts.
Adaptive Artificial IntelligenceI: We strive to architect not just strong, but satisfying AI, with emphasis on quality of experience for the human participant. This involves adapting AI strength to player skill, and providing variation in replay. Max AI strength is non-optimal from an mass engagement standpoint, where the value of the game to the casual user is entertainment. Our team is currently focused on general, weak AI utilizing minimal data and trivial processing. These are a form of cellular automata, applied in a partisan context.
Combinatorial Game Design: Combinatorial games are the most fundamental, minimizing rules and elements to produce surprising, and ideally, effectively infinite variation. Combinatorial methods can be employed to create new games and to strengthen any type of existing game with minimum expenditure of resources. Economic games are a specialty, but we consult on all types of engagement-based media. Combinatorial design is especially useful in construction of narratives and sims. We consult pro-bono on interesting games and models.