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Posted by Alexis Jolis Desautels on 07/08/21 03:30:00 pm in Design, Production, Console/PC, Indie, VR
The idea of Rational Design, born more than 10 years within the walls of Ubisoft, is still living and breathing. Here, Alexis Jolis-Desautels provides some initial thoughts on why the idea is more relevant now than ever

In this blog post, you’ll learn what texture compression is, why it is important for your project and how to apply it to improve your GPU and memory performance.

Posted by Wendelin Reich on 07/02/21 09:59:00 am in Design, Production, Smartphone/Tablet, VR
In this final post, we discuss four reasons why games need better NPCs: 1) players want them, 2) bad character AI is a creative bottleneck, 3) better collaborative NPCs can make games more inclusive, 4) they're a necessary part of our 3D & XR future.

Posted by Wendelin Reich on 07/01/21 10:15:00 am in Design, Production, Smartphone/Tablet, VR
Developers and players agree that innovation in character AI has largely come to a halt. In this third post we discuss data and research which confirm that players really want non-player characters to be more believable and meaningful.

Posted by Wendelin Reich on 06/30/21 10:16:00 am in Design, Production, Smartphone/Tablet, VR
Developers and players agree that innovation in character AI has largely come to a halt. In this second post we suggest that developers should should strive to create NPCs that are "believable", and discuss psychological research that backs up our claim.

Posted by Wendelin Reich on 06/29/21 10:17:00 am in Design, Production, Smartphone/Tablet, VR
Developers and players agree that innovation in character AI has largely come to a halt. This four-part series is about finding a way forward, and here we start by a close look at the concept of 'behavior' (which, if you think about it, is all NPCs do).