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How AI Is Streamlining the Creation of Gaming Content – Spiceworks

AI is revolutionizing game development, enabling the quick and affordable creation of 3D assets and animations. It’s democratizing content creation and transforming the gaming industry, says Henri Mirande, co-founder and CTO at Kinetix.

Despite appearing to explode into mainstream consciousness over the past six months, artificial intelligence (AI) has been bubbling under the surface for a while now. The seeds of modern AI were planted by philosophers who attempted to capture human thinking as a mechanical process that can be replicated. At the same time, the term artificial intelligence” was coined by MIT’s John McCarthy in 1955. Knowingly or unknowingly, most of us are impacted by AI technology in the products and services we use every day. 

While it’s practical applications and ethical dilemmas have largely been the work of science fiction, advancements in generative AI and accessible tools for text and image creation mean AI is now capturing people’s imagination like never before. These developments have been made possible by the emergence of large-scale language models and sophisticated neural network architectures that have significantly improved the ability of machines to understand and create art, write content, and converse realistically with people.

Integrating AI into the workflow has led to vital advancements in every industry, and my industry – the games industry – is no different. Thanks to AI, we’re on the cusp of a paradigm shift in how video games are made and who makes them. 

The New Era of 3D Content Creation

The building blocks of a video game or virtual world are a collection of 3D items or “assets” which populate the environment. Creating these assets is one of the most arduous and time-consuming parts of the game development process, requiring talented 3D modelers and artists who build a 3D model and add textures and effects. In some cases, such as AAA games studios, they may specialize in modeling a specific type of asset, for example, the environment, characters, or vehicles. 

That’s why everyone from Unity to Minecraft offers vast libraries of premade assets for developers and creators that don’t have this level of resource. But with generative AI, game-makers can access 3D content for their games with relative ease and make vast amounts of unique items quickly and cheaply. Using simple text-based prompts and a tool like Midjourney, Scenario, DallE, or Stable Diffusion, anyone can create a set of unique in-game assets in seconds, such as a set of magic potionsOpens a new window