Blockchain, Web3 game developers and Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Here is why!
As Artificial Intelligence continues to progress at a rapid rate, it is being utilized in various industries around the world. Its applications range from enhancing artistry, driving growth in renewable energy, creating blogs, composing music and poetry, and even in gaming. Industries that have not yet adopted Artificial Intelligence are gradually beginning to explore it. Blockchain gaming is no exception, with developers and senior executives currently testing the use of AI in the field. While AI poses certain challenges in generating game storylines, new innovations in the technology are poised to greatly improve the blockchain gaming experience, particularly in areas such as game art and narration.
AI in Blockchain Gaming
Blockchain gaming, also known as Web3 games, have been around for some time and experienced a significant surge in popularity in 2021. The incorporation of smart contracts and other Web3 elements in games has led to a new business model that aims to provide benefits for players. This model, which can take the form of "play to earn," "play and earn," or "play and own," aims to give back to gamers. However, in 2022 the Web3 gaming sector saw a decline, but eventually rebounded by the end of the year. Many blockchain games experienced fluctuations in user engagement, player numbers, and transactions. Despite the highly volatile conditions, the sector has persevered and the future looks promising. Additionally, the incorporation of AI in Web3 games is likely to become increasingly common in the near future.
Alex Connelly, the chief technology officer at Immutable, is a blockchain gaming executive who believes that AI will create new possibilities for Web3 games. Immutable is a major player in the blockchain gaming industry, being the developer behind the popular blockchain trading card game Gods Unchained and the Immutable X platform. Connelly advocates for the use of OpenAI, an American research laboratory focused on AI, to develop AI applications that can aid in various tasks. He believes that by utilizing AI, game developers can focus on creating original works and produce better art, powerful narration, and challenging opponents for an immersive and enriched experience for gamers in blockchain games.
How can AI help game developers and artists via art?
Alex Connelly stated that they are researching the use of AI in creating game art at Immutable, which will save time for video game artists by automating repetitive tasks. Specifically, many video game artists spend a significant amount of time creating multiple versions of the same image in various sizes and formats, which could be handled by AI software, thereby allowing artists and developers more time to focus on creating new and original content.
Player Skill Level and the Use of AI
Beyond its potential in game art, AI can also significantly enhance the player experience by adapting to the player's skill level. The AI will be able to dynamically adjust itself to the player's abilities, providing a challenging but enjoyable level of difficulty. By tailoring the difficulty level to each individual player, AI can create a more balanced and enjoyable learning experience for players, making games more fun and less overwhelming.
"Finding that sweet spot where the game is challenging but not overwhelming is crucial for keeping players engaged," says Connelly. "AI can help with that by customizing the difficulty level to each individual player, that's an amazing application of this technology," he added.
ChatGPT in Blockchain Games
Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer (ChatGPT) is a well-known AI tool that has been used in the creation of trading bots, automating the writing of repetitive blog posts, and even composing new songs. Will this tool be used in blockchain gaming as well? Alex Connelly and his team at Immutable are currently considering the potential use of ChatGPT, particularly in AI narration. However, they have encountered some challenges while using AI for storytelling and narration in trading card games, as the AI generated spam content and did not contribute much to the gameplay.
"However, when it comes to actually playing the game, the AI-generated content can be confusing or not align with players' expectations," Connelly notes. "We're still trying to figure out the right balance between using AI to improve the game experience, while also avoiding the generation of irrelevant or unwanted content," he added.
It will be intriguing to see how and in what capacity blockchain game developers will incorporate AI into their games. Do check out our report on blockchain games surpassing Defi in Unique Active Wallets. You can also tune in to our YouTube channel to check out game reviews.