Copyright University of Wolverhampton 2004
This edition of IJIGS brings six more valuable papers exploring different aspects of games, AI and simulation. Many more universities and institutes worldwide are now offering courses and research opportunities in the area of games development and IJIGS is proving to be a valuable source of material for their research and development. Furthermore our registration process has revealed that members of games companies also find it a valuable source of inspiration.
For this issue we have renewed our association with our initial sponsors, SCS-Europe. A long-established and well-respected organisation, SCS was the first to help the University of Wolverhampton establish the Game-On international conference on intelligent games and simulation. This year the 5th Game-On Conference with the theme CGAIDE 2004 Computer Games: AI, Design and Education will take place at the Microsoft Academic Campus in Reading UK, in association with SCS-Europe, IEE, British Computer Society and DiGRA (Digital Games Research Association). Authors of the best papers will be invited to publish in the next issue of IJIGS, scheduled for December 2004.
The European Network of Excellence in Digital Games has continued to be active with the members participating in CGAIDE2004, IJIGS, laboratory development, summer school development and joint research projects. Members of the Steering Committee are working hard to promote the Network in the European Commission in order to seek funding for the proposal.
The Editorial Board have decided to produce a Special Edition of IJIGS containing a consolidated version of the previous three volumes, including a CD version.
The Editors greatly appreciate the contribution of the authors and we trust that you will continue to support IJIGS. Thanks are also due to members of the Editorial Board for their reviews and for helping to maintain a high standard of the published material.
Norman Gough and Qas Mehdi, Wolverhampton UK