10 - Dogz
Frustrated by the unjustified furore that surrounded his tame interactive movie game, designer Rob Fulop turned to Santa for help. And with a clever business model he and his team at PF Magic invented a new kind of game, one in which you adopt and care for a digital animal -- a virtual dog or cat, or something more exotic, with a personality and needs and quirks not unlike a real one.
Petz hexing is a deep rabbit hole to fall down, but if you're curious I'd recommend starting with these links:
- Ballz & Linez: Remembering the Golden Age of Petz Hexing
- Petz: A lost community of mostly female coders/gamers
- Carolyn's Creations
And for more on the Petz AI, I thought these were interesting:
- Socially Intelligent Virtual Petz
- Creating Emotional Relationships With Virtual Characters
- Virtual Babyz: Believable Agents with Narrative Intelligence
- (Also take a good look at what one of the Dogz/Catz developers did next.)
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- Two short clips from Night Trap's 1993 3DO version
- Excerpt from 1993 Senate Committee Hearings, via YouTube
- And everything else is my own work.
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