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AI Writes Review as If the Video Game Matters to Its Own Existence

The folks over at an Australian gamer website called decided to turn loose an algorithm to do a review of a video game. The review is in English and is driven by GPT-2 or a model that was similar to the more powerful GPT-3.

The editor, Alex Walker, ran this test before, although last time he fed Kotaku Australia comments into the machine learning model. That was run using a free online version of the GPT-2 language model, although the more powerful GPT-3 model is available now if you’re willing to pay to access the API.

To do this we’ll need a bit of a methodology. GPT-2 and GPT-3 models functionally work by spitting out paragraphs, using a bunch of text you provide as a reference point. The neural network scans that against other content in its model to try and work out the tone and direction. Machine learning works best with public knowledge, rather than poetic license.

 “The art of a review is illustrating an experience, unpicking what it’s trying to do, what it is, and hashing out the difference between those things,” wrote Walker.

Walker fed his algorithm a lot of general game reviews from other games and included some specific moments in other games. The AI program reviewed a game called Cyberpunk 2077 along with several other games. Here was AI’s opinion on CuberPunk2077:

“In one case, I stood inside a dead end as enemies fought from the next room. One was an armoured giant wielding a flamethrower, and the other a flying enemy capable of quickly dealing chip damage to my health. The flying enemy attempted to exit through a hole in the wall only to fail repeatedly, repeatedly getting caught by the geometry, completely ignoring his health bar as he was forced to stop and rest after each attempt. Despite this being something that could not feasibly happen in any world I live in, it’s also very much Cyberpunk 2077. In its current state, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”e

“Chip damage to my health.” Perhaps we are closer to singularity than we realize?

You can read how the Kotaku AI reviewed a few other systems by clicking the link below. They are a bit different. Even with the AI inventing words and assigning words, it’s an interesting read.