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AI Is Dreaming Up New Kinds of Video Games


Image from a AI-authored video game.

Angelina is an artificial intelligence that can imagine new video games from scratch, which has produced hundreds of experimental games.

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Michael Cook at Falmouth University in the U.K. has developed Angelina, an artificial intelligence (AI) that can imagine new video games from scratch, and which has produced hundreds of experimental games since 2011.

Angelina can generate games from images it pulls from license-free depositories, as well as building out premises and rules with characters and ideas borrowed from online newspapers or social media. Cook says this information is written to a text file that can be run by a standalone application.

He notes Angelina "tries to build games that match its notion of what a good game is." In addition, the more interesting things Angelina uncovers via its experimentation, the more effort it commits to a project.

Angelina is one example of researchers tapping increasingly sophisticated machine-learning methods to design games, and some envision a time when game artists could provide only the vaguest sketches of game elements for AIs to flesh out.

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