AI's Impact on Game Creation: Expanding Opportunities For Jobs and Games

AI's Impact on Game Creation: Expanding Opportunities For Jobs and Games

AI's Impact on Game Creation: Expanding Opportunities For Jobs and Games

With AI driving advancements in game development, the gaming industry anticipates a surge in employment opportunities, creating a flourishing job market for tech enthusiasts
Jul 21, 2023
AI's Impact on Game Creation: Expanding Opportunities For Jobs and Games

Artificial Intelligence's integration into the video game industry is expected to bring about more job opportunities, according to Dr. Richard Wilson, head of TIGA, a representative body for game developers, who informed the BBC about the positive impact of AI. Dr. Wilson believes that AI will streamline the game development process, making it more cost-effective and efficient.

While AI has been utilized in video games for many years, some are concerned about the potential job displacement and legal complexities arising from its advanced use in game creation. UKIE, another organization representing games companies in the UK, acknowledges these concerns but also sees AI as an exciting opportunity for the industry.

Early examples of AI in gaming, like the AI controlling the ghosts in Pacman, were relatively simple compared to today's sophisticated AI technologies. Dr. Tommy Thompson, an AI expert in the gaming domain, explains that modern AI enables characters to make intelligent decisions based on a snapshot of the game, leading to more engaging experiences for players.

AI's impact on games may extend beyond gameplay and influence the entire game development process. By automating tasks such as scriptwriting, voice acting for background characters, and artwork generation, the industry can become more creative and focus on other aspects of game design. Dr. Wilson believes this cost reduction will foster the growth of more game studios and, consequently, more job opportunities.

Generative AI techniques offered by platforms like could revolutionize storytelling in games. Non-playable characters may interact with players in a more intelligent and dynamic manner, responding to the player's choices and the storyline. This innovation aims to create immersive experiences that go beyond the illusion of limited choices.

However, Dr. Thompson cautions that using widely available AI tools in their current form raises legal concerns regarding copyright ownership. Since existing AI platforms may not grant copyright ownership to studios, some are developing their own AI solutions to overcome these challenges, despite the associated costs.

While AI presents promising possibilities, Dr. Thompson advises the industry to consider the broader implications and potential risks. It may take time to address these issues comprehensively, but game studios are already exploring new and exciting ways to leverage generative AI tools internally.

Daniel Wood, UKIE co-CEO, emphasizes that the gaming industry is at the forefront of technology, already employing AI in various areas, such as production, art, and in-game character interaction, to create engaging gaming experiences for players. As the industry moves forward, it will continue to explore AI's potential and address related concerns, such as copyright and evolving skills requirements. The future of AI in gaming holds many exciting opportunities for the sector.

Source: BBC NEWS

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