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 • 269

  • The Verge
    The Verge  6 months ago +51

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

    • ImBadAtGame
      ImBadAtGame 3 months ago

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

    • Ghagecraft Gamer
      Ghagecraft Gamer 6 months ago +1

      A guy jump off a building in my game

  • Shogun KicksButt
    Shogun KicksButt 25 days ago

    Stadia developer kit might lead the AI way forward ... at least thats my bet.

  • Lior-LVOA
    Lior-LVOA Month ago

    I wonder why a company don't just create a good AI (for each type of games) that they would then sell to studios rather than game's studios creating a small AI that they don't have the time to polish each time that they make a game... Or BIG AAA companies could develop a very sophisticated AI that they would use for several games, especially since they like to milk their big licenses.

  • Derp Derpington
    Derp Derpington Month ago +1

    It could also design a games story just for you, and basically make an entire 80 hour or more story with dialogue, characters and plot twists. Especially if it read thousands of books to reference from

  • holy shiet
    holy shiet 2 months ago +2

    The more AI progress in our games, the more i think our reality is also a simulation.

  • MaxPalaro
    MaxPalaro 2 months ago

    Achei que era o izzynobre

  • Dufake Owen
    Dufake Owen 2 months ago

    procedural generated? You mean dwarf fortress?

  • Feldenkrais with Alfons

    Slow day at The Verge...

    • AmazingArends
      AmazingArends Month ago

      As long as they stay away from politics.

  • khalina
    khalina 2 months ago

    AI usually cheats in RTS/4x strategy games

  • Spocko memes
    Spocko memes 2 months ago

    No man sky 💀

  • Willem654
    Willem654 2 months ago

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

  • Sapphire Spire
    Sapphire Spire 2 months ago +5

    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.

    • Second Life Around
      Second Life Around Month ago +1

      This is a very awesome idea but would most likely only be created if a company found a way to create a revenue stream from it. Because based on them being profit focused they'd want to ensure users would still want to eventually buy other games and not just continue using one that resembles having a new game each time you play it. :-) guess is they'd probably turn it into some kind of gaming service platform with a monthly subscription.

  • Jonasklam
    Jonasklam 2 months ago

    that lip sync...

  • Klaus Gartenstiel
    Klaus Gartenstiel 2 months ago

    sophisticated ai will peplace the designer

    SENCO 2 months ago

    Dwarf fortress? Rimworld?

  • The Cake Glutton
    The Cake Glutton 2 months ago +1

    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

    • AmazingArends
      AmazingArends Month ago

      I've done a series of videos on AI in a classic game and most people say I'm just imagining things or reading a lot of stuff into it that's not there.

    • Jackson DeCourcy
      Jackson DeCourcy 2 months ago

      did you loose hope of that?

  • WeeWeeJumbo
    WeeWeeJumbo 3 months ago +1

    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 3 months ago +26

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

  • Jair Ruzmar
    Jair Ruzmar 3 months ago


  • adam vazquez
    adam vazquez 3 months ago

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

  • DutchSweetShid
    DutchSweetShid 3 months ago

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

  • ashutosh diwan
    ashutosh diwan 3 months ago

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

  • Juuso Pylväläinen
    Juuso Pylväläinen 3 months ago +1

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

    • Jeremy Stott
      Jeremy Stott 3 months ago

      The first and hopefully the last time

  • Wil Z
    Wil Z 3 months ago

    The soviet russia game

  • Ivan Malau
    Ivan Malau 3 months ago +1

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

  • Wudang Academy
    Wudang Academy 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

  • Martina Ross
    Martina Ross 3 months ago +1

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

  • Derp Derpington
    Derp Derpington 3 months ago

    why does julian sound like joakim broden

  • Nyanboye
    Nyanboye 3 months ago

    What if wr make ai that would animate manga

  • Phil Griffiths
    Phil Griffiths 3 months ago

    AI could replace polygons in rendering

  • atnip
    atnip 3 months ago +2

    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 3 months 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 3 months ago +1

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

    • AmazingArends
      AmazingArends Month ago

      Unfortunately, that will be the hardest thing to change with AI (ala the movie "Her")

  • Divergent Droid
    Divergent Droid 3 months ago

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

  • Deni Supraba
    Deni Supraba 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

  • Thapelo Afrika
    Thapelo Afrika 3 months ago


  • weerobot
    weerobot 3 months ago

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

  • YakBoi GetsDyrty
    YakBoi GetsDyrty 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago +10

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

  • Israelite ambassador
    Israelite ambassador 3 months ago

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

    • AmazingArends
      AmazingArends Month ago

      Israelite ambassador And yet on my channel exploring video game AI, people think say I am imagining things or reading a lot of stuff into it that's not there.

  • M A
    M A 4 months ago

    gta AI edition? yes please

  • Lavalambtron
    Lavalambtron 4 months ago

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

    • AmazingArends
      AmazingArends Month ago

      Lavalambtron I made a channel simply exploring video game AI and most people say I'm just imagining things or reading a lot of stuff into it that's not there!

  • Enceos
    Enceos 4 months ago +2

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

  • Aram Alatrash
    Aram Alatrash 4 months ago +36

    i think AI can also drastically decrease AAA games cost

    • AmazingArends
      AmazingArends Month ago +1

      Aram Alatrash You would save money because you wouldn't need to buy as many games. You could play individual games longer.

    • Aram Alatrash
      Aram Alatrash 3 months ago

      @Dream yup thats exactly what i meant

    • Dream
      Dream 3 months ago +8

      Production cost , not consumer cost

  • Justin Ansako
    Justin Ansako 4 months ago +46

    So In the future, the game will play me.

    • Minoesch Minoes
      Minoesch Minoes 5 days ago

      @AmazingArends Look at Diablo III where ai took over most of the players, or play for them while they sleep :) AI for sure gonna change the future of grinding games.

    • AmazingArends
      AmazingArends Month ago

      They already do!

  • GermanSniper
    GermanSniper 4 months ago

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

  • bravenizer
    bravenizer 4 months ago +1

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

  • Jake
    Jake 5 months ago +2

    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 5 months ago +12

    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.

    • Vladyslav Korenyak
      Vladyslav Korenyak 2 months ago

      Common sense it's really a hard thing to teach. There is no AI in the world that has it, and this is because it's a skill that flourishes in a complex multisensorial environment. And it needs A LOT of experience, humans struggle with common sense too.

  • Lê Hùng Thiện
    Lê Hùng Thiện 5 months ago +26

    You know which game will benefit from AI? Civilization!

    • Jackson DeCourcy
      Jackson DeCourcy 2 months ago

      hope so!

    • 1018_josue
      1018_josue 3 months ago +3

      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 5 months ago +1

    Analytics isn’t boring, you take it back!

  • Agil Priyatna
    Agil Priyatna 5 months ago +9

    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 3 months ago


  • Kenneth Smith
    Kenneth Smith 5 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 4 months ago

      @Erudite thank you!

    • Erudite
      Erudite 4 months ago +2

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

  • 5 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 6 months ago +1

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

  • VooDooJueJue
    VooDooJueJue 6 months ago +1

    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.

    • AmazingArends
      AmazingArends Month ago

      The thought of that kind of AI seems to creep people out! Even the simple game AI I cover on my channel. People want to believe I'm just imagining things or reading something into it that's not there.

  • G G
    G G 6 months ago +4

    This was just a lazy research piece.