Game Development Reference
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Chapter Review
Answers are in the appendix.
1. Define a finite state machine and tell what each part does.
2. What are the advantages of a finite state machine compared to hard-coded
3. What are some indicators that a finite state machine is inappropriate to use?
4. What do we mean by ambiguous transitions?
5. What do we call it when ambiguous transitions exist? What are three ways of
dealing with them?
1. Change the order of the transitions in the Attack state to make the monster
flee from players who are not there.
2. Change the monster user interface to have a very low setting for health and
implement the Berserk state.
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