What is procedural content generation? Mario on the borderline

Julian Togelius, Emil Kastbjerg, David Schedl, Georgios N. Yannakakis

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    Abstract

    We try to clarify the concept of procedural content generation (PCG) through contrasting it to other forms of content generation in games with which it could easily be mistaken, and through discussing some properties of PCG which are sometimes thought of as necessary but are actually not. After drawing up some clear demarcations for what is and what is not PCG, we present two versions of a content generation system for Infinite Mario Bros which is intentionally designed to question these same demarcations. We argue that, according to our own definition, one version of the system is an example of PCG while the other is not, even though they are mostly identical. We hope that this paper answers some questions but raises others, and inspires researchers and developers to thread some less common ground in developing content generation techniques.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publication2nd International Workshop on Procedural Content Generation in Games, PCGames 2011 - Co-located with the 6th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2011
    Event2nd International Workshop on Procedural Content Generation in Games, PCGames 2011 - Co-located with the 6th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games - Bordeaux, France
    Duration: Jun 28 2011Jun 28 2011

    Publication series

    NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

    Other

    Other2nd International Workshop on Procedural Content Generation in Games, PCGames 2011 - Co-located with the 6th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games
    CountryFrance
    CityBordeaux
    Period6/28/116/28/11

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
    • Computer Networks and Communications

    Cite this

    Togelius, J., Kastbjerg, E., Schedl, D., & Yannakakis, G. N. (2011). What is procedural content generation? Mario on the borderline. In 2nd International Workshop on Procedural Content Generation in Games, PCGames 2011 - Co-located with the 6th International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). https://doi.org/10.1145/2000919.2000922