How AI will completely change video games

  • Published on Mar 6, 2019
  • AI in video games is very different than the AI in self-driving cars, smart home devices, and natural language algorithms. That’s because game developers have been sticking to the basics, but all that is starting to change. Researchers today are incorporating more cutting-edge AI advancements into games. In the future, these tools could result in games designing themselves with characters that can learn and adapt to the player.
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Comments • 250

  • The Verge
    The Verge  3 months ago +48

    Has anything weird or unexpected happened to you while playing a video game?

    • ImBadAtGame
      ImBadAtGame 27 days ago

      Horses rolling down a mountain in Skyrim, or a dragon attacking a seemingly immortal bear

    • Ghagecraft Gamer
      Ghagecraft Gamer 3 months ago +1

      A guy jump off a building in my game

  • Willem654
    Willem654 2 days ago

    That time you lose and push the reset button. Improving yourself over time.

  • Sapphire Spire
    Sapphire Spire 2 days ago +2

    Imagine a game that doesn't have any levels or a scripted storyline. Instead the AI makes up the story in advance or even as you play and creates every level to advance the story. If it's well done, it would be incredible. You could even tell it what type of game you want it to create, be as general or specific as you want and display it as graph. Try multiple iterations until the AI creates something that looks worth playing.

  • Jonasklam
    Jonasklam 3 days ago

    that lip sync...

  • Klaus Gartenstiel
    Klaus Gartenstiel 3 days ago

    sophisticated ai will peplace the designer

    SENCO 3 days ago

    Dwarf fortress? Rimworld?

  • The Cake Glutton
    The Cake Glutton 5 days ago

    I was writing on forums for a good ten years that the real “next gen” would arrive when a leap in game AI would happen, not graphics and teraflops

  • WeeWeeJumbo
    WeeWeeJumbo 7 days ago

    Would be worth mentioning that big game companies use AI *right now* to soak mobile users when they're the most emotionally vulnerable

  • EctoMorpheus
    EctoMorpheus 8 days ago +6

    "procedural generation, recently popularized by No Man's Sky"
    Minecraft: am I a joke to you?

  • Jair Ruzmar
    Jair Ruzmar 8 days ago


  • adam vazquez
    adam vazquez 9 days ago

    I thought I heard my keys fall at the end of the video

  • DutchSweetShid
    DutchSweetShid 10 days ago

    AI is secretly only used for sex slave robots, the rest is just a decoy

  • ashutosh diwan
    ashutosh diwan 13 days ago

    Just as i saw the title i remembered the game from “her”.

  • Builder
    Builder 14 days ago +1

    I would love to see a studio curate these technologies and use them in a title

  • Juuso Pylväläinen
    Juuso Pylväläinen 14 days ago +1

    First time i've heard someone comparing balloons attached to a boat to an AI.

    • Jeremy Stott
      Jeremy Stott 13 days ago

      The first and hopefully the last time

  • Wil Z
    Wil Z 14 days ago

    The soviet russia game

  • Ivan Malau
    Ivan Malau 18 days ago

    Huh just a random nobody here but I thought I was the only one who imagined games this way XD

  • Wudang Academy
    Wudang Academy 18 days ago

    It would be nice if the next Diablo game has deep learning AI monsters - which means they adapt to your strategy and come up with counters.

  • Eliot Lu
    Eliot Lu 18 days ago

    Damn, what happens when AI becomes close enough to people that you genuinely start caring for them on a personal level? Like you can speak to them via microphone and they really interact with what you say and develop a relationship with you. I’d feel hella weird being that attached to a virtual character but just like in the movie Her where will the line stop?

    • LondonSpade
      LondonSpade 16 days ago

      It won't, you'll stay in your room as much as possible. It's.. interesting

  • Martina Ross
    Martina Ross 18 days ago

    I'd love to see the full Warner Brothers video. Mind posting the link to it?

  • Derp Derpington
    Derp Derpington 20 days ago

    why does julian sound like joakim broden

  • HARRYTE/NyanSkulls
    HARRYTE/NyanSkulls 22 days ago

    What if wr make ai that would animate manga

  • Phil Griffiths
    Phil Griffiths 25 days ago

    AI could replace polygons in rendering

  • atnip
    atnip 26 days ago

    we should have AI develop a game for one individual seeing what that individual likes and doesnt like then let everyone play "john appleseeds game made for him" just to see what that person likes

    idk it sounds cool in my head

  • Raul Gubert
    Raul Gubert 29 days ago

    well, we have already Starcraft 2 using this learning AI and it is much more fun than the predictable AI we were used to....also Learning ai can be controlled, just using it in parts of a game, leaving the rest to the control of a game I don't see the problem at all..I would like to see warcraft 2 using the same AI, all the old strategy games, like UFO Enemy unknown, etc....Dos Doom, it would be cool to apply Ai to the enemies, or just a few of them...I don't need to talk with them, just Ai that can challenge the player unpredictably...but even this can be limited by the could for example be applied to how the enemies are using their weapons, or the path they choose...many many examples of Ai that can be limited by choice by the we really welcome this new way to play against the computer, we are sick tired of multiplayer games....well I don't like them at all.

  • rex mundi
    rex mundi Month ago +1

    I'd be happy with npcs that don't say the same goddam thing every time I see them....

  • Divergent Droid
    Divergent Droid Month ago

    This is So Wrong. We Already have better than the best AI you could invent - it's called Multiplayer.

  • denny music
    denny music Month ago

    if you see anime sword art online new season, you can see in that anime, they building a full world that can simulate real world, its mean, they took ai and they generate world its self, with people, rules, make their existence real...

  • hazim mir
    hazim mir Month ago

    So, we want to be Gods, in the end, making intelligent characters and then control them.

  • Thapelo Afrika
    Thapelo Afrika Month ago


  • weerobot
    weerobot Month ago

    When A.I wants to leave the video game..!!!

  • YakBoi GetsDyrty
    YakBoi GetsDyrty Month ago

    Ai is what you call a non human that is a program. So vaan balthier and Fran were all AI programs? Hmmmm

  • Saul Livshutz
    Saul Livshutz Month ago

    I don't know what you mean when you compare the AI of NPCs to AI in terms of neural networks. The NPCs are hardcoded to do things written by the developer so it isn't intelligent as it does not learn its just a computer that takes input and spits out an output. AI is when the developer creates a type of network which lets the computer code itself, which creates an improving computer at whatever task. It can improve so much that its strategies are beyond human comprehension due to its networks. I also have no idea how the randomness of birds getting shot has anything to do with AI since that's just a physics system. Who in the world said AI is about making games real, sure that's how it can be used but that's not what AI really is.

  • Voodoo Doll
    Voodoo Doll Month ago +5

    I want see a game in you must cooperate with a intelligent ia to win together
    That could be great I think

  • Israelite ambassador

    You're not going to tell me life isn't a simulation after watching this

  • M A
    M A Month ago

    gta AI edition? yes please

  • Lavalambtron
    Lavalambtron Month ago

    It will eventually make them exactly like reality. I've watched the whole video and now even our reality seems very suspicious.

  • Enceos
    Enceos Month ago

    I want a deep learning AI control enemies in some games. Fighting against an enemy who has a predictable pattern gets boring too soon.

  • Phillip Shin
    Phillip Shin Month ago

    2:30 how is this even a bad thing, this would im my opinion make the game much more interesting

  • Aram Alatrash
    Aram Alatrash Month ago +30

    i think AI can also drastically decrease AAA games cost

    • Aram Alatrash
      Aram Alatrash 18 days ago

      @Dream yup thats exactly what i meant

    • Dream
      Dream 18 days ago +4

      Production cost , not consumer cost

    • Rory Morris
      Rory Morris 18 days ago +4

      you would think but somehow Im sure well still end up getting milked for every penny

  • Justin Ansako
    Justin Ansako Month ago +28

    So In the future, the game will play me.

  • GermanSniper
    GermanSniper Month ago

    Many of the examples given here have nothing to do with AI but ok..

  • bravenizer
    bravenizer 2 months ago +1

    If the game built on real AI then no one will beat it!!!

  • Jake
    Jake 2 months ago +1

    Wow imagine Rockstar using AI to map cities like Chicago or Miami streets to make gta 6 and we get an almost realistic map of vice city or Las Venturas or even San ferrio. My God... I'm super psyched for that. I hope one day they use it to make a remake of True crime streets of L.A. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE FUTURE OF OPEN WORLD GAMES WITH HUGE MAPS.

  • Cghost 3578
    Cghost 3578 2 months ago +7

    They at least could make partially neural network trained AI for bots to teach them to avoid going into walls and obvious stupid things. Lets be honest, single player games are lacking AI that could show some common sence and could surprise a player.

  • Lê Hùng Thiện
    Lê Hùng Thiện 2 months ago +20

    You know which game will benefit from AI? Civilization!

    • Jackson DeCourcy
      Jackson DeCourcy 4 days ago

      hope so!

    • 1018_josue
      1018_josue 14 days ago

      doubt it, it would get to the point where the other civilizations would just roundhouse kick you out of the plain of existence

  • Chris Hemphill
    Chris Hemphill 2 months ago +1

    Analytics isn’t boring, you take it back!

  • agil Priyatna
    agil Priyatna 2 months ago +6

    So the future where a world like Aincrad and ALO, where the quests are infinitely, endlessly generated and managed by the world game system itself, is maybe not that far ahead
    Ps: oh but it seems we still need to wait quiet a long time for yui to be created

    • keph
      keph Month ago


  • Kenneth Smith
    Kenneth Smith 2 months ago +3

    Does anyone know how to get involved in this? I would love to tinker with video game creating AI

    • Kenneth Smith
      Kenneth Smith Month ago

      @Erudite thank you!

    • Erudite
      Erudite Month ago +1

      Yeah, just tinker. Make a game and look up any number of open source AI sdks to use in that game.

  • 3 months ago

    scripts or algos are not AI not AI not AI, there is no AI yet. Machine learning at best.

  • Zach Albers
    Zach Albers 3 months ago +1

    Surprised he didn't take about Shadow of Mordor / Shadow of War. Pretty cool enemy AI in that game

  • VooDooJueJue
    VooDooJueJue 3 months ago

    I have a story about AI and Machine Learning from the developers at Sony's Bend Studio. They've never talked about it to journalists, I merely heard it because I'm a family friend of the lead developer. This may or may not be true, but I heard during their development for Day's Gone, the AI NPCs were learning how to do things they were not programmed to be able to do. They were literally scaling walls and entering areas that they should have been incapable of traversing. It actually freaked the team out. It's almost as if the characters were programming themselves.
    I can imagine in the future how this could happen in real time after market., creating completely unique experiences per player. Perhaps singularity will even originate from within a game.

  • G G
    G G 3 months ago +4

    This was just a lazy research piece.

  • Mayowa Paul
    Mayowa Paul 3 months ago +1

    Very informative

  • DontfallasleeZZZZ
    DontfallasleeZZZZ 3 months ago

    Games would be a lot more interesting if game developers weren't so afraid of unexpected things happening in their games.

  • Photosounder
    Photosounder 3 months ago +1

    You lost me at "How AI will". AI enthusiasts always promise "stuff of science fiction" for "soon" but they're really short on things that "AI" actually does well today.

  • Elijah Fink
    Elijah Fink 3 months ago +1

    As someone who's relatively attentive to this frontier in my own life, I found this video to be mind-bendingly anemic and unintelligent. It kept promising to say something interesting and then reporting on developments that were over five years old

  • The Dudelino
    The Dudelino 3 months ago +55

    Very smart way of using low-quality skype footage on the Nintendo Switch screen. I like that.

  • Aaron Hilton
    Aaron Hilton 3 months ago

    Anyone remember "black and white" by Peter Molyneux? The guys behind Google deep mind were apparently the same ones building that game's AI. It had all kinds of wacky emergent behavior. Lots of stories about how the big avatars started to learn and do wacky stuff because it literally learned how on its own, even without the human player involved.

  • Tumeden
    Tumeden 3 months ago +1

    Soon we will be watching AI produced videos.

  • meadsource
    meadsource 3 months ago

    The weirdest thing that happened to me in RDR2 was I played it, and didn't have fun...

    RAMESH KAMATH 3 months ago +2

    Me : playing StarCraft 2 'started building some units'
    AI : 'with large army near my base that I can't see ' I am here in the shadows

  • Kerapetse Direko
    Kerapetse Direko 3 months ago +1

    Get ready for 1TB games.

    • Oli Strik
      Oli Strik 2 months ago

      If anything, AI would likely reduce the size of games.

  • XeneruS
    XeneruS 3 months ago +5

    I would like a game where you start as an Neandertaler and later become an Jedi Master!

    • Michael Judge
      Michael Judge 4 days ago

      Respawn is making a game like that

    • BezBez
      BezBez Month ago

      Then go make that game.

  • dwighson Pavion
    dwighson Pavion 3 months ago

    Sword art anyone?

  • TheStenius
    TheStenius 3 months ago +6

    Chuck Norris is able to predict the actions of deep-learning AI NPCs.

  • BertoBeats
    BertoBeats 3 months ago +39

    Procedural generation was popularized by No Man's Sky? What an incredibly historically illiterate statement.

    • Dovydas
      Dovydas 6 days ago

      "popularized" and "recently" are the key points. It was definitely No Mans Sky. I don't even play video games and the first time I heard of procedural generation was all the hype around No Mans Sky. So in that sense his statement is correct that it recently popularized the idea.

    • Burak Çimenli
      Burak Çimenli 18 days ago +2

      Fermion still, it was popularized by minecraft, not no mans sky

    • Gawillamon
      Gawillamon 19 days ago

      @BertoBeats I mean technically if you think about it you're saying that his statement is illiterate which doesn't make sense, but I and everyone else understand what you are saying.

    • BertoBeats
      BertoBeats 27 days ago

      @sean K Historical illiteracy is a real concept you bumbling, illiterate buffoon.

    • sean K
      sean K 27 days ago +3

      You use the word “illiterate” wrongly. You can use “inaccurate” instead.

  • Kristopher Walker
    Kristopher Walker 3 months ago

    Where can I find the video of the man with the little white creature cursing at him? lol

  • bruno mandolesi
    bruno mandolesi 3 months ago

    Nice video, but maybe you should have mentioned Unity and ML Agents. The stuff that Danny Lange is bringing on there is simply amazing and groundbreaking.

  • Osita Anisiobi
    Osita Anisiobi 3 months ago +5

    Here the Verge goes again spewing foolishness.

    • Kevin Scales
      Kevin Scales Month ago

      Yeah, according to this video all if...else... statements are AI.

  • GamingTV
    GamingTV 3 months ago

    hell no, if AI starting making games for us, i'll stop buying games

  • 64 bit
    64 bit 3 months ago +4

    so is everyone just gonna ignore that fact that he used skype on a nintendo switch?

  • WarzoneNinja2
    WarzoneNinja2 3 months ago

    @The Verge || Wrong, the procedural generation was NOT made popular by No Man's Sky, it was made popular by MINECRAFT who made a big deal about their "infinite worlds"

  • Sonal Saha
    Sonal Saha 3 months ago +1

    What happens when every character in red dead redemption remembers all of my crimes ? WESTWORLD.

  • Ubaid8
    Ubaid8 3 months ago

    Soon the AI games will make viruses and take over our computer and then all the computers and through that the whole world and then satellites and who knows what else

  • kobby bold
    kobby bold 3 months ago

    Pause the video and take a closer look at those faces that were generated by me

  • Ramy Emad
    Ramy Emad 3 months ago

    And here comes skynet

  • Nick Combs
    Nick Combs 3 months ago +2

    Characters, levels, and “RNGs” that adapt over time is definitely an untapped area for indie devs to outshine and shake up the industry.

    • Nick Combs
      Nick Combs 20 days ago

      @HARRYTE/NyanSkullsi'm not sure i follow. are you saying the ai would break its constraints within the game? Like doku doku literature club, but for real?

    • HARRYTE/NyanSkulls
      HARRYTE/NyanSkulls 22 days ago

      How can ai affect rng bruh it wouldnt be fair

  • Giomarux Gio
    Giomarux Gio 3 months ago

    "An american nuclear warhead has been hacked and launched, targeting russia due to a video game A. I. that has been realeased on the internet by a gamer. " ....coming soon.

  • OndeFar
    OndeFar 3 months ago +3

    Mediocre content, the Verge is becomming more and more irrelevant...

  • Florian
    Florian 3 months ago +6

    The verge sux

    • Florian
      Florian 3 months ago

      @DOJO MOJO youtube algorithm brought me here. Why do you watch it ? To be misinformed and lied to for commercial purposes ?

      DOJO MOJO 3 months ago +1

      Why are you watching their content then?

  • Bryan Agapito
    Bryan Agapito 3 months ago

    If you kill an AI character, isn’t it technically murder because as far as it knows, It’s a sentient being.

    • Bryan Agapito
      Bryan Agapito 3 months ago

      It’s a “real” person with self taught “feelings” it has a way of being. And you shoot it down, you kill it. It’s kinda sad lol

  • US
    US 3 months ago +3

    When till we get the option to have an AI beat a game an AI generated game just to get all the achievements for us?
    (And then lay a $59.99 premium)

  • boxertest
    boxertest 3 months ago +1

    No Man's Sky you mean One Man's Lie!!! We still f**kin hate you, you f**kin liar!!!!!

  • AI Pets
    AI Pets 3 months ago +3

    AI games, AI chat bots, AI pets, AI cars ... yup the list is growing.

  • Uch!
    Uch! 3 months ago +1

    So, they want a "bottom-up" AI. We are very far from archiving that kind of technology

  • Rabeender Nadhamuni
    Rabeender Nadhamuni 3 months ago +1

    This is the start of the matrix

  • BukanJepang NotJapan
    BukanJepang NotJapan 3 months ago +3

    Ah, we are closer and closer to SAO world 🤣

  • John Benedict Dela Cruz

    You all should be watching "Sword Art Online: Alicization"

    this has a complete and creative visualization this said topic.
    thank me later.

    • agil Priyatna
      agil Priyatna 2 months ago

      Yeah! Who knows? Maybe the future of AI will be based on some novel, right? Or not? :o

  • JaN0h4ck
    JaN0h4ck 3 months ago +75

    Guys. Not everything digital is AI.
    That stuff in Zelda is just game physics.
    For example the apple: that's just a of clause.
    If heat

    • Katzelle3
      Katzelle3 3 months ago +2

      Everything that uses decision trees is AI.

    • WaveHello
      WaveHello 3 months ago +2

      "if heat IS GREATER THAN 100"! You almost made all the cold apples bake!

      oBLACKIECHANoo 3 months ago +6

      No game developer is calling these things AI. AI has always been something that makes decisions based on the information it gets, video game AI characters are AI, a falling apple is just a physics simulation with some fairly basic vector math and collision detection, no decisions to be made.

    • Eric J Murtaugh
      Eric J Murtaugh 3 months ago +6

      Well there's also gotta be code for the fire entering the apples hit box :p
      But your right, calling these things AI is like when your grandparents used to ask you to come "program" their VCR lmao. The definition of AI has changed but game creators haven't updated their lingo

  • Nitin Stark
    Nitin Stark 3 months ago


  • Tom Erik Myrdal
    Tom Erik Myrdal 3 months ago +1

    The games wil have the abilities as in the Tv Series Weswood.

  • SuperDan
    SuperDan 3 months ago +1

    The first Fable Game on the Original XBOX kind of did this :) I loved that game, was so much fun......... I think this would be cool, would make it so the game becomes what the person playing wanted it to be

  • Sigma
    Sigma 3 months ago +1

    simulation theory looking real plausible

  • Chris DeGraw
    Chris DeGraw 3 months ago

    “Hey, follow me, %#*^$!” 😂

  • Ralpha
    Ralpha 3 months ago +2

    Not everything that is programmed is considered AI, a lot of things in this video is not AI. Path-finding for example is an algorithm, not AI!
    Please do research before you release a video.

    • ebalint96
      ebalint96 3 months ago

      Pathfinding IS AI

    • sohakes
      sohakes 3 months ago +1

      Did you watch the same video as me, where it talks about how some people don't call these algorithms real AI? And although maybe pathfinding is not AI, AI is still made by algorithms, they are not mutually exclusive concepts.

  • K G
    K G 3 months ago

    Analytics aren't boring.

  • Omricon
    Omricon 3 months ago +4

    I'd argue that minecraft popularised proc gen way before no man's sky. And diablo popularised it way before minecraft again.

  • Bugler55
    Bugler55 3 months ago

    I assume then video game reviews of the future will be able to write themselves.

  • Taylor
    Taylor 3 months ago +3

    I’ve thought of this concept soooo much! Lol I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one to think this.