• Question: in your own opinion would you think scince and technology are a good pair if so why? and how much scientific reasearch is used to make a game?

    Asked by whchloeandmag to Mike on 2 Jul 2012.
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      Michael Cook answered on 2 Jul 2012:

      Science and technology have always been connected (Imperial College is actually called “Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine”). Technology is all about tools, and science allows us to both better understand those tools, as well as finding ways of making new tools or new uses for existing tools.

      Science helps us find new things, and technology helps us use it.

      The games that ANGELINA makes are actually just normal games. You or I could easily make a game better than it. What’s important is that ANGELINA makes the game with as little help as possible – that’s where the research comes in! We have to look at every task involved in making a game, things like drawing artwork or designing enemies, and we have to think of a way for a computer to design and invent new ideas for these things without asking a human for help.

      It’s quite hard! But it’s teaching us a lot about what it means to create, how we can make better games, and how we can make better computer programs.