AI and Games

is creating videos on artificial intelligence in video games.
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Space Invader
$2
per month

 You are supporting AI and Games!  That means you are an awesome person by default.  All patrons get some rewards:

  • The patron-only feed, where I post updates on goings on and updates to the channel.
  • The monthly newsletter where I look back on recent video releases, discuss progress on upcoming ones, interesting videos and write-ups from elsewhere on the internet and more.
  • You'll be invited to the AI and Games discord server and can hang out with fellow patrons and chat about any and all things AI and Games related.
Includes Discord rewards
Goomba
$3
per month
You're even smarter and more deadly than before and with that comes new rewards!


  • Every month patrons get a new episode of the exclusive bonus show 'Smoke and Mirrors' where Tommy talks about games he's playing, the interesting systems underneath and games you might have missed.
  • In addition, patrons get a minimum of 24 hours early access to all episodes of AI and Games, Design Dive and AI 101.


Plus all Space Invader rewards.

Includes Discord rewards
Ghost
$5
per month
In addition to all of the previous rewards at Space Invader and Goomba tier, you also receive:


  • Patrons names will appear in the credits at the end of every episode of the show for as long as you pledge support.
  • In addition, patrons will be able to vote on new video topics for the case study and AI 101 series.
  • Patrons receive the script and any compiled notes from all case study, design dive and AI 101 videos that I produce.
Includes Discord rewards

141

patrons

$599

per month

About AI and Games

Hello, I'm Tommy Thompson and I'm the creator of AI and Games: a YouTube series on research and applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in video games.

This patreon enables the continued development of the show to be a reality.  Each episode of the show is carefully researched and prepared based on interviews, developer presentations, research papers, technical reports, textbooks and - in some instances - from interviews with developers themselves.  This is a long and time consuming process once you add in scripting, recording of the game itself and editing, with a typical episode of the main show taking over one working week to prepare and this naturally has a lot of running costs.  I want to do more and I believe in the value that AI and Games offers to so many people, but without the support of my audience, it's not sustainable.  In addition, while AI and Games receives a portion of revenue from adveriting on YouTube every month, it's a fraction of what my Patreon supporters provide and it a lot less consistent. Hence this Patreon is the main revenue stream of the channel.

While I respect how unreliable YouTube is as a platform, I hope that you - my audience - would like to support the work.  Naturally, if you can't or don't support the show, that's absolutely fine!  I don't expect it of you all.  However, I do reward my supporters with extra goodies which I detail further down this page.


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Why AI and games?
Artificial intelligence is a big talking point these days and I use this video series to talk about it in the context of games. I run a series of videos that address this topic in different ways:

  • Case Studies
    • How artificial intelligence is applied in commercial video games.
    • How AI research in games is used to enhance our understanding of the field.
  • AI 101
    • Explaining core AI tech in the games industry, how it works and clever ways it is used in games.
  • Design Dive
    • How AI applications in games influence game design.

I have an almost endless supply of new topics to cover and videos to make - and I need you to help make that a reality.
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Why Use Patreon?
Patreon - where we are right now - is a service where you can pledge support to a creator (in this case me) so they can support their work and continue to make it a reality.  Patreon is great for creators such as myself given I can remove any need for sponsorship and instead focus on creating content that my viewers are excited about.  

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How Do Payment and Rewards Work?
Patrons are charged monthly by patreon and I strive to put out one main episode a month.  As detailed in the rewards tab, patrons who sponsor at varying tiers are offered a variety of rewards, including access to the patron-feed here on Patreon, a monthly newsletter, an invite to the AI and Games Discord Server with higher tiers offering the opportunity to vote on new topics, get early-access to new videos, bonus videos such as the Smoke and Mirrors series, plus other behind-the-scenes content such as my research notes and code from demos and examples

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Any Other Disclaimers?
In some instances, the authors of the work I am discussing in videos are people who I have an established professional relationship with either in the academic or game development community.  In the event this occurs, this will be disclosed in the video description.
Goals
$599 of $1,000 per month
More Episodes, More Often
At least two episodes of either Design Dive, AI 101 or the main show. Guaranteed.
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 280 exclusive posts
11
Audio releases
70
Images
27
Links
2
Livestreams
17
Polls
72
Updates
81
Videos
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