The Restaurant Game
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The Restaurant Game is a research project at the MIT Media Lab that will algorithmically combine the gameplay experiences of thousands of players to create a new game. In a few months, we will apply machine learning algorithms to data collected through the multiplayer Restaurant Game, and produce a new single-player game that we will enter into the 2008 Independent Games Festival. Everyone who plays The Restaurant Game will be credited as a Game Designer. It's never been easier to earn Game Designer credentials!

All contributions are not equal, however. Designers will be
What's New
Version 1.9.1:
  • Fixes startup crashes on Macs, and resolution switching bugs on all platforms.
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later



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garlicbreath commented on 23 May 2007
Was able to work through the demo, but the next day when I wanted to try actually playing it, it crashed on launch. Several times. (intel core 2 duo iMac)
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8bit-Wintermute reviewed on 12 Mar 2007
I did try this on an intel mac and it crashes out when you get to the speaking part of the tutorial - why make this PPC only these days??!

I would like to take part in the project but at the moment it won't work - everything else seems fine up to the speaking part
[Version 1.7.1]

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jorkin (developer) replied on 17 Mar 2007
Thanks for your interest in the project. An Intel Mac version is in progress, but I am the only person working on this project, so this will take some time. I started the project before Intel Macs were available. The project web page does clearly state that the current version will not run on Intel Macs.
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Type:Games : Simulation
License:Free
Date:24 May 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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The Restaurant Game is a research project at the MIT Media Lab that will algorithmically combine the gameplay experiences of thousands of players to create a new game. In a few months, we will apply machine learning algorithms to data collected through the multiplayer Restaurant Game, and produce a new single-player game that we will enter into the 2008 Independent Games Festival. Everyone who plays The Restaurant Game will be credited as a Game Designer. It's never been easier to earn Game Designer credentials!

All contributions are not equal, however. Designers will be ranked based on how well they play their assigned roles, and accomplish their objectives. There will be only one Lead Designer. Remaining credits will be divided into Game Designers and Assistant Game Designers, and within each category individuals will be ranked according to the quality of their performance(s). Quality will be determined computationally, based on a number of factors.

The Restaurant Game takes about 10 minutes to play. It is a two-player game that will automatically find partners for players once you join a server. You are welcome encouraged to play multiple times. In order for this project to be at all successful, we will need to collect a lot of data -- data from over 1,000 10,000 gameplay sessions. Play early, play often, and please spread the word!

This project attempts to address two frustrations I experienced as a professional game developer:

  • Convincing human social behavior is difficult to model with existing hand crafted AI systems.
  • Play testing by people outside of the development team typically comes too late to have a major impact on the final product.


This experiment aims to generate AI behaviors that conform to the way players actually choose to interact with other characters and the environment; behaviors that are convincingly human because they capture the nuances of real human behavior and language.


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