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A good book, but vitally scarred by referenced yet missing source code and examples
on 1 July 2015
I loved the book, but I really can't give it the score it deserves because many of the online resources (such as example applications and source code) are completely missing.
The book itself is great, and gives a good broad overview of many concepts in Game AI. However, it often defers to the online resources for many examples. A lot of the concepts portrayed in the book are highly visual and hard to understand without seeing, however the majority of the examples programs are missing from the Github. Worse even, for any non-trivial source code the book will instead refer you to the website to see the code, leaving some important concepts without full implementation details.
I attempted to contact both the authors through multiple avenues to see this issue amended, but was left without a reply. Aside from my contact atttempts, on the Github you can also see a couple of issues listed by others about missing examples and/or source: https://github.com/idmillington/aicore/issues
Those issues only mention a few of the missing resources (and are left without a reply...), but in reality, the majority (at least 60% or 70%) of source and examples are missing. I can only imagine this happened when the codebase migrated to Github as mentioned on the ai4g.com website, over 4 years ago.
I'd love to give the book a higher review, but I simply cannot when vital components are missing and attempts at reporting this seemingly ignored by the authors.
If these issues are amended I will modify my review to take this into account.