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Michael Aganier

How do you call a player in a strategy game?

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In a strategy game, you have multiple players whom each control their armies. These players can be human or ai. The problem I have is with the signification of the word player. When we talk about characters that are AI in games, we say NPC for Non Player Character. This implies that a player cannot be AI. In this context, we have characters that are either player or AI.

In a strategy game, the player and ai are not characters as per se, but invisible beings that oversees to their troops.  What is a word for that overseeing entity that can be either player or ai?

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Player controller and Character controller seem popular. But controller is used so much in coding that it gets confusing; maybe something like general or commander would be better.

Edited by Scouting Ninja

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"Player" should be strictly used to mean the human who's enjoying the game. Other meanings of the term cause confusion.

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