Re: [stella] Combat AI

Subject: Re: [stella] Combat AI
From: Chris Wilkson <ecwilkso@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 18:44:22 -0500 (EST)
Hi Zach...welcome!

If you start with the combat disassembly, you've got 2k of ROM space to work
with even before you start bankswitching.  That's a lot.  I'm not sure how
the tank positions etc. are stored, but they should be easy to access and
modify by the AI.

The real trick will be fitting the AI in RAM.  Does anyone know how much free
RAM is left in Combat?  Andrew, are you listening?  This seems like your kind
of thing...


On Thu, 6 Feb 2003, Zach Matley wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
> I am Zach, a computer science grad student and a part-time programmer at
> Digital Eclipse. It was Mike Mika who introduced me to Stella programming.
> I am pleased to announce Combat AI. My classmate, Wen-Ying Chen, and I
> have teamed up to make a 1-player Combat as a project for our artificial
> intelligence class. So far, we are studying the Combat disassembly. I have
> modified it enough so that the Atari drives one tank, but not
> intelligently. (One could say I've implemented artificial stupidity.)
> We realize that implementing an AI algorithm in a VCS is a serious
> challenge, but we will give it a go. Mike's "Simple, Cheap Pathfinding"
> given in the AI wisdom book looks like a good place to start.
> Note to AtariAge hosts: We would appreciate holding off on a public
> announcement until we've made more progress.
> Zach
> Wen-Ying
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