A large majority of video games, whether they are racing games, shooting games or strategy games, all have different elements that use artificial intelligence in some form or other. A good example of this is enemy bots or those neutral characters(NPCs). The main purpose of using AI in gaming is to give a realistic gaming experience to the players. Also, the use of AI helps to increase a player’s engagement, interest and satisfaction over a long period of time.
There are different ways in which AI and game development relate to each other when it comes to gaming. Despite the fact that AI is mainly being utilized to bring life into video games, video games are currently being designed with the ability to study their own patterns in order to improve their algorithms, which is one of the many ways that AI is getting developed and integrated further in gaming.
The future of the gaming industry seems to be the creation of realistic artificial environments that incorporate virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. The rise of artificial intelligence is an equally important aspect in developing games that are smarter, more interactive and as realistic as possible.
Below is a list of 5 ways in which AI is revolutionizing the gaming industry:
Making Games Smarter Than Ever
The incorporation of AI-based intelligence is revolutionizing the way in which games are played. They have the potential to offer a wide scope of intelligent games across different genres. Apart from being able to host their own games, ongoing advancements in the field of AI have made their way into console games as well. In the future, one of the main objectives of game developers will be to plan and create strong frameworks inside their games.
This will require further exploration of present-day AI techniques like reinforcement realizing and design acknowledgment, where the characters inside the games are able to self-learn from their own behavior as well as users behavior and evolve accordingly. The gaming industry has recognized the potential of creating self-learning characters leads to a more fluid and immersive experience and certainly, many developers have already started implementing this in many of their games.
Making Games More Real
In the past couple of years, there have been tremendous advancements in the field of 3D visualization techniques, physics-based simulations and quite recently, the incorporation of virtual reality and augmented reality in video games. Such technologies have made it possible for game developers to create intelligent and visually appealing games, the likes of which were inconceivable a decade ago.
It is important to note the great illustrations are not the be-all and end-all of gaming. Games need to have a sense of the real world as well. This is a test for game developers, and AI is helping to address this need. Imagine a game that will interpret and react according to your in-game activities, calculate your next move, learn from it and act accordingly.
Enhancing the Overall Gaming Experience
Nowadays, Gamers place a lot of importance on attention to detail. This is not about just the visual appearance and the good quality graphics, but also, how vivid and interactive the game is, in every potential way. By constantly tweaking and customizing game scenarios, AI has the potential to take the gaming experience to a whole other level.
Transforming Skills of Developer
To supplement their skills of traditional game development and techniques, game developers will need to increase their skills in AI techniques to make games that are smarter, more realistic and increasingly intelligent.
Game developers have always been the pioneers when it comes to embracing cutting edge innovations to sharpen their creativity and technical skills. Even for traditional game developers, the increasing popularity of AI in games will result in a change in the way that games are created.
Making Mobile Games Smarter with AI in Gaming
Another area of gaming that has grown in popularity in the recent past is mobile games. The developers of mobile games are exploring various machine learning and AI algorithms to give ‘intelligence’ to mobile games, while still adhering to power limits. If you were to compare current mobile games with those even 5 years ago, you would see a massive shift in terms of the visual appeal of the game and just how intelligent, customizable and immersive they have become. However, mobile gaming does come with its share of limitations. The processing power of a cell phone game is yet to match their desktop and gaming console counterparts.
It is evident that AI will figure heavily in the gaming industry in the future and fundamentally change the manner in which we interact with games, the content featured in them and the manner in which they are designed.