Artificial Intelligence has become a key technology for the development of gaming.
Oct 22 • 4 min read
While the adoption of AI across industries such as banking, healthcare, education has occurred in recent times, the use of AI in the gaming industry isn’t a recent feat. AI is being implemented in the gaming industry in unique and interesting ways for decades. Although the techniques used earlier may not have been truly AI, they are still referred to as AI as they portrayed machines as intelligent.
The Humble Beginnings of AI in Gaming
A cryptographer Claude Shannon in 1949 published his thoughts on the Minimax approach on how a computer might be made to play Chess. Who would have thought this approach would become hugely influential for the future game-playing AIs?
Now that you think of it, it is one of the most obvious approaches one can take to making a game-playing AI where it is assumed that all the players involved will consider all future moves of the entire game, and therefore play optimally.
From Simple To Smart AI
With it’s hand-in-hand approach, from rule-based AI to modern conversational AI programs, the gaming industry has come a long way. As games continued to evolve, gamers became more demanding. And to meet the endless demands and expectations of the gamers, developers started creating immersive graphical experiences with incredibly human-like characters enabling a more immersive gaming experience.
Artificial Intelligence In Game Development
Various elements in most video games, be it racing, shooting, strategy games- are controlled by AI. It could be the bots or characters that you might feel are not doing much but they are programmed to add more depth to the game and somewhere give clues to the gamer.
Besides upgrading the in-game experience, AI in gaming is being used to study the game patterns to improve the gaming algorithm.
Upgrading The In-Game Experience
Rapidly blending with real-world experiences, AI in gaming could create experiences tailored to preferences, be it the way gamers interact with the game or the content inside them or the way they are designed.
Here are five ways how Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the gaming industry
1. Immersive voice interactions
Voice has always been a natural interface for us and with the advent of voice technology, industries including gaming are adapting conversational AI technologies in their applications. AI-based voice intelligence is changing the way games are played by giving it a more realistic experience. While traditional devices such as keyboards and joysticks fall short in offering such experience, voice as a natural interface gives gamers control over quite a few elements of a game.
2. Adding to the skills of the gaming developer
To provide smarter, intelligent, realistic experience through games, game developers would be required to upgrade their skills on the current AI techniques. As it is, the gaming industry is highly demanding and the game developers have to consistently adopt cutting-edge technology to keep ahead of their development game. The rise of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Conversational AI in games would mean an upgrade in the traditional ways in which games are being developed.
3. Smart assistants for game consoles
The use of virtual voice assistants and chatbots are on the rise. You can find them integrated on websites and applications across industries and the gaming industry is no different in the adoption of these smart assistants. It uses them in a novel form of game consoles, voice-enabled smart assistants for games. With these assistants, gamers can control the actions in various games with their voices.
4. Saving labour cost
In the 2005 Game Developers Conference, a renowned game designer Will Wright said, “a game development company that could replace some of the artists and designers with algorithms would have a competitive advantage.”
Cutting-edge conversational AI is being incorporated by the gaming industry to create faster content to free their staff from tasks that take up most of their time. Also, AI is quite capable of handling audio and visual data and extracting patterns and learning from it as well.
5. Creating characters
Games are made of their characters and creating characters is a time-consuming job. While generating a 2D character like Super Mario is not that difficult, creating a 3D human-like character for an immersive role-playing game sure is a tough nut to crack. Deep learning techniques are being used by gaming companies across to create 3D facial animations.
The Right Gaming Technology
Game developers dream of building an immersive gaming experience so the gamer never leaves the game because they got bored of it or are unsatisfied with the play, game writers dream of designing immersive stories where each player is a part of the game story adding to their gaming experience.
To achieve responsiveness and depth of such level requires advanced technology and if games are ever to achieve those goals, it will be conversational AI that makes it possible.