How AI Continues To Change The Way We Play Games

By  Zainab Agha

June 08, 2022 5:31 pm EST

In recent years, there has been a growing trend in artificial intelligence (AI) in video games. With the release of advanced gaming consoles like the Xbox and PlayStations, we are finally seeing a new generation of more realistic and immersive gaming than ever before. However, it is not just the evolving hardware; the software is too.

It is not just limited to the big-budget AAA titles either; even independent developers use AI to design more realistic and believable characters and worlds. In this article, we will look at how AI is changing the way we play games and the potential implications of this for the future of gaming.

1) NPCs

One of the most obvious ways AI is being used in games is to create more believable non-player characters (NPCs). In the past, NPCs have been little more than glorified puppets, following set routines and giving players the same canned responses regardless of what they say or do.

However, thanks to advances in AI, NPCs can now be much more lifelike and believable. It is achieved through a process known as “emotional intelligence,” which involves giving NPCs the ability to understand and react to the emotions of the player character.

One of the best examples of this is in the game “Mass Effect: Andromeda,” where the NPCs show a wide range of emotions, from happiness and excitement to sadness and anger. It makes them feel like real people rather than just digital avatars.

2) More Realistic Environments

Another area where AI is being used in games is to create more realistic environments. In the past, game worlds have been static and lifeless, with little in the way of interactivity.

However, thanks to AI, game developers can now create virtual worlds that are much more believable and lifelike. This is achieved by using algorithms to generate realistic 3D models of vegetation, buildings, and other objects.

One of the best examples of this is in the game “No Man’s Sky,” which procedurally generated its entire universe. This means that every star system, planet, and the moon is unique and created by AI.

3) Improved Gameplay Mechanics

AI is also being used to improve gameplay mechanics. Many games have relied on artificial difficulty in the past, resulting in players feeling frustrated and annoyed.

However, thanks to AI, game developers can now create more natural and believable difficulty curves. This is achieved by making NPCs more intelligent and giving them the ability to react to the player’s actions.

One of the best examples of this is in the game “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”, where the enemies become more challenging to defeat as the player character becomes powerful. This ensures that the player always feels challenged without ever feeling overwhelmed.

4) Increased Immersion

Finally, AI is also being used to increase Immersion. IManyvideo games have felt like little more than digital playgrounds. in the past

However, thanks to AI, game developers can now create virtual worlds that feel like real places. This is achieved by making NPCs more lifelike and by giving them the ability to react to the player’s actions.

One of the best examples of this is in the game “Fallout 4”, which features a vast and believable world that feels like it has a natural history. This makes the player feel like they are genuinely exploring an alternate reality rather than just playing a game.

Potential Implications

The increasing use of AI in video games is likely to have several implications for the future of gaming.

Firstly, it will lead to more realistic and believable games. This, in turn, is likely to increase Immersion and make games more enjoyable to play.

Furthermore, the use of AI is likely to result in more challenging and believable enemies. So this could make games more difficult and frustrating, but it could also make them more rewarding.

Finally, the use of AI is likely to have implications for how games are designed and developed. In particular, it is expected that more emphasis will be placed on creating believable virtual worlds rather than just focusing on gameplay mechanics.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the increasing use of AI in video games is likely to have a profound impact on the gaming industry’s future. We can expect more realistic and believable games, more challenging gameplay, and increased immersion thanks to AI. These are just some of how AI changes the way we play games.


Zainab Agha

Zainab started her career in advertising as a copywriter; which taught her how valuable moxie was in the boardroom and translates that in her campaigns. Building brands has led her to explore digital marketing, communication concepts, and what it takes to grow an idea from scratch. In her free time (let’s assume she is a badass with balancing work and play) she travels in heels then complains, experiments with innovative creative solutions that sell, and does stand-up comedy.

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