With modern AI gaining momentum, ChatGPT—not artificial intelligence—is introducing exciting opportunities in the video game industry. Companies like Ubisoft and Square Enix are testing it out. To experience the full potential of ChatGPT, anyone can install its mod for Skyrim, as seen in this trailer.
This update to the Skyrim mod by Art from the Machine introduces scripting which facilitates conversations with NPCs, utilizing Chat GPT, xVASynth (text-to-speech), and Whisper (speech-to-text) to provide lip-syncing of voices and NPC awareness of in-game events.
It’s a real horror show – lip sync and in-game awareness update are the particular highlights. Another issue is speeding up the video to hide the lag between questions and responses.
The voice acting, writing, and store hours in the world of Skyrim are quite unconvincing. Unfortunately, stores don’t operate like those in an ordinary world with clocks, as NPCs now tell you their opening hours like they were being asked in a shopping center. Unexciting and generic:
This is a Skyrim mod, so although I spent ages writing earlier drafts of this blog where I planned to express my opinion that machine learning can or should replace human artists, I will set that aside.
This game still appeals to many players who, while they may desire to play a tabletop RPG with friends, evidently enjoy the current version. Therefore, they should certainly be able to do that if that is their preference.
No matter how much I emphasize the importance of valuing and appreciating “rue human experience” through Art if yyou’recontent with word soup dialogue from an algorithm trained on pre-existent generic sentences, then this is the future of video games that you will get – and you deserve exactly what you settle for.
The ChatGPT Skyrim mod serves as both a warning and an opportunity. We must be mindful of the potential dangers of AI, but we must also be willing to explore its potential possibilities. By approaching AI with caution and responsibility, we can ensure that these technologies are used to benefit humanity and not to cause harm.
So let us continue to explore the possibilities of AI, but let us do so with an eye towards ethics and responsibility. With careful planning and consideration, we can harness the power of AI to create a better world for all.