The first PC game generated entirely by AI from Steam met with hostility

This AI-generated game on Valve's Steam has been developed in part with the help of tools like Midjourney.

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It had to happen. Artifacts created by artificial intelligence appear in competitions, despite a lot of controversy, and it’s possible that they are already flooding your social media feeds in some way or form. The great promise behind being able to create detailed images with just a few prompts and clicks, after all, is It is the so-called democratization of creation. And on Steam, PC gamesing the most popular platform, the barrier to selling games is already very low.

Enters This girl does not exist, a modern Steam game with a simple puzzle game that nonetheless indicates a massive change that will hit the gaming industry soon. The developer claims that everything, from the art to the story to the music, was created by artificial intelligence of some sort. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s not surprising, as the game currently only has one review on Steam, which is not positive. But the story behind the game is intriguing, and suggests larger tensions that will become more apparent in space.

This girl does not exist It is the product of a married couple one of them spoke to my box Cross discord for this story. ‘mrspotatoes’, as she calls herself on the chat app, noted that entering, her husband was worried that people would ‘hate it’ and ‘disregard it as not ‘real art’, possibly ‘considering it as little effort’ on the same level as ‘a reflection of assets’ . However, she was more optimistic about getting in, hoping that people would be curious to see the “modern tech show” and that players wouldn’t want to “miss the AI ​​train” that is sweeping the larger online discourse right now.

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Making a game with AI-generated assets comes with its own unique challenges, she says. Not having to make art from the ground up means things are moving faster, but since then This girl does not exist It was a dating game, it needed many attractive characters and persistence in order for the player to be able to romance. Each one has their own story, their voice, and their images. Using the popular image generation AI called Midjourney, there was a lot of trial and error to get to the claims that worked, and more trial and error to get meaningfully similar results across multiple iterations.

“This is something with which the AI struggles,” the developer recounted, “how to generate images of the same person, yet in different poses / settings? I had to rerun a lot of the commands and try many times until I got out of it a set of pictures which would be the ‘same person.’”

After all was said and done, the pair sent the game to around 250 YouTubers, she claims. Almost nobody bit. It’s been the couple’s worst-selling by far, she says, despite having their back catalog containing NSFW games that Steam hides if the user isn’t logged in. And it seems that the unusual way they created the game’s assets was a major repellant for some people.

“One [YouTuber] She did a live broadcast but during that live broadcast, people hated it…not the game, but the AI ​​part,” she explained. “They wrote in the chat things like: “I feel like AI is going to take our jobs/bad vibes out of the game.”

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The response has been disappointing, she says, especially since the game is in their eyes “revolutionary.” However, based on our conversation, the response doesn’t seem to stop the game-developing couple from exploring the technology further. mrspotatoes says it will make it into their next exciting game in some way, but the AI ​​will only help with some aspects of the development. Perhaps less important details, you say, like the user interface or the backgrounds.

She pondered, “If I’m going to do a full AI game again, I’ll probably try to tell people only after I’ve finished the game and see their reactions, I think with This girlPeople might have preconceptions.”