The M.I.T. Media Lab, Cognitive Machines Group, has released a Universal version of its Restaurant Game. The game is part of a research project designed to assist in the modeling of human social behavior.
The restaurant game seeks to solve the problem of adding human social behavior to AI games. By combining the gameplay experiences of thousands of players, data can be collected to feed machine learning algorithms in order to produce a single player game. The new game produced will be entered in the 2008 Independent Games Festival.
The Restaurant Game
Players are encouraged to play as often as they wish, and everyone who participates will be credited as one of the Game Designers. To get a feel for the game, there is a video posted at YouTube.
The Restaurant Game version 1.9.1 is available for Mac OS X as a Universal Application and is free.