They tweet about them, they post photos of them, they write games about them. But what does this love of cats say about the game design process?
Damien Sturdy used his fascination with the minds of his two Bengal crosses, Tilly and Paddy, to create an artificial intelligence model, but this project then traveled full circle – into a game about cats. Or rather, a sort of stealth escape game based around a mouse having to evade hungry feline hunters. “[My cats] inspired me to build a neural network, which resulted in a rather scary simulation of a fish tank with strong and weak fish,” he says. “This extended into a basic cat AI. With the design of Cat v Mouse I’m calculating sound waves and sight for each cat. They should be as believable as possible. If you make a sound you might get away with it, but you probably won’t. Likewise if you are as silent as you can be but you stroll in range of a kitty who has her eyes open, you’re probably doomed.”
Well we never knew this but our new Unity Developer, Damien Sturdy was featured in this article about Game Developers and their Cats – what a star!