How AI is transforming gaming

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Today we’re taking a deep look at how AI is impacting the gaming industry - buckle up!

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How AI is transforming the gaming industry

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the video game industry, leading to more jobs and opportunities.

Industry experts from TIGA and UKIE highlight that AI reduces game development costs and accelerates the creation process, despite concerns about job losses and legal challenges.

Since the 1980s, games like PacMan have utilised AI to enhance gameplay.

Today’s AI technologies allow for more complex interactions and creative storytelling, enabling characters to respond more dynamically to player actions.

Generative AI techniques are now being integrated into game development, allowing for the automation of routine tasks.

This shift not only lowers development costs but also opens up new possibilities for creative expression.

Technology platforms like are redefining narrative experiences in games, enabling more natural conversations with characters and enriching storylines.

The Kraken Wakes is an example of a game that uses AI to control non-playable-characters

The gaming industry is undergoing a significant transformation, driven by a surge in online gaming during the COVID-19 pandemic, the growing demand for immersive experiences, and technological advancements.

Even as the explosive growth in online gaming stabilises, it remains a massively popular pastime with more than 2.5 billion gamers engaged globally.

Moving forward, AI is set to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the industry, particularly through the sophisticated use of Non-Player Characters (NPCs).

A real cheat code for gaming

AI is at the forefront of this revolution, offering innovative solutions that enhance gameplay, create adaptive experiences, and introduce a new era of gaming innovation.

Companies are investing in AI to develop more engaging games, with NPCs (Non-Player Characters) acting more intelligently, and technologies like AI upscaling improving visuals.

Startups and large enterprises alike are exploring AI's potential, with significant investments in AI-driven gaming platforms and solutions.

Despite these advancements, the industry faces challenges, such as recent layoffs at Microsoft’s gaming division, affecting employees at Activision Blizzard, Xbox, and ZeniMax.

It’s not taking over the games, it’s changing the rules

Microsoft aims to align strategies and reduce overlaps to foster growth, with leadership changes and project cancellations being part of the restructuring efforts.

These decisions, though difficult, are aimed at positioning the company for future success.

In summary, AI is reshaping the gaming industry by enhancing game development, creating more immersive experiences, and driving innovation.

While challenges remain, the potential for growth and new opportunities in the sector is immense, promising an exciting future for gaming.

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AI Image or Real? - The Results!

Yesterday we asked you to vote on an image and guess whether it was a real photo or an AI-generated image.

What did you think?

58% said made with AI…

42 % said real photo…

It was… REAL!

Did we fool you this time???

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Yesterday’s Poll

 How worried are you about AI-generated fake news fooling you in the next election?”

Not worried at all, I'm a master detective! 25%

Kinda worried, but I think I can spot a fishy meme. 36%

PANIC! We're all doomed by robot lies!! 39%

Reader’s Opinions

“This is the number one area (spotting AI-generated fake news) in AI that needs investment now -as much as necessary-, or we'll all have to pay a heavier price later on.” -balabancerit

“I'm not worried about me as much as the large majority of voters who rely on their sight and hearing to make judgments!” - neiffer

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