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Resource Roundup: AI and Educational Game Development

Another month has come and gone, Filafriends! This April, we decided it was high time to dig deep into how artificial intelligence is affecting our industry. It’s no secret that artificial intelligence (AI) has been making waves in various industries, and educational game development is no exception. As we continue to explore new technologies and push the boundaries of what’s possible in game-based learning, it’s crucial that we consider the impact of AI on our creative processes and workflows.

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In this resource roundup, we’ve gathered insights from some of our talented team members across all different departments, including our Chief Creative Officer, Studio Operations Director, Art Manager, and more. Each interview explores their unique perspectives on how AI is shaping (or not shaping) their respective areas of expertise.

So settle in and join us as we explore the intersection of AI and educational game development! While you’re here, follow us on X and Facebook for more resources like this one, and bookmark this post so you can easily return to it later.

Game Design with AI

In this thought-provoking article, Chief Creative Officer Dan Norton shares his personal philosophy on the role of AI in game design. While recognizing the potential benefits of AI in streamlining certain processes, Dan emphasizes the importance of human creativity in game development. He argues that AI-generated content is acceptable for elements that don’t significantly contribute to the overall creative communication between the developer and the player. However, for the parts that truly matter – the ones that express the team’s vision and resonate with clients and players – art should be created by artists.

Dan’s stance is clear: AI can be a powerful tool to enhance the game development process, but it should not replace the human touch in the creative endeavor. At Filament, this philosophy translates into a commitment to using AI to empower teams and improve efficiency while ensuring that the core elements of the game are crafted by the artists themselves. By approaching AI with a focus on augmenting human creativity, game designers can use it to create more high-quality gaming experiences. Read the full post for all of Dan’s insights!

Creating A/V Video Game Content with AI

In this interview, Josh Bartels, Filament Games’ Audio & Visual Director, shared his thoughts on the growing role of AI in game development, specifically in the realm of A/V content creation. Josh’s perspective sheds light on the benefits and challenges of integrating AI technologies into voiceovers and music composition.

From cost-effective voice-over solutions to the potential for AI-assisted music creation, Josh envisions a future where AI and human creativity work hand in hand. However, like Dan Norton, he also emphasizes the importance of maintaining authentic representation and using AI to enhance, rather than replace, human artistic expression. Curious to learn more about the relationship between AI and A/V in game development? Check out the full blog post to uncover more on this topic.

Game Production and AI

Shaina Grade, our Studio Operations Director, offers a unique perspective on the role of AI in game production in this post. From streamlining project management to analyzing user feedback, she details how AI is already making its mark on the production process at Filament.

She also notes the importance of striking a balance between leveraging AI’s efficiency and maintaining the human element in game development. As AI continues to advance, she believes it will become an integral part of the production process, assisting with project setup, providing personalized guidance, and even democratizing game development.

But what concerns come with AI’s progress in the gaming industry? And how can we ensure that the human touch remains at the core of the game development process? Explore these questions and more by reading the full blog!

QA, Games, and AI

When it comes to quality assurance in game development, the role of AI is not always clear-cut. In this installment of our series on AI and game development, we talk to Brian Czech, Filament’s Quality Assurance Manager, to gain an understanding of the current landscape of AI in game QA.

Brian shares that while AI has the potential to streamline certain tasks and generate a wider array of test scenarios at larger studios, our current QA process doesn’t heavily rely on AI tools or automated testing due to the unique nature of our educational game projects. With frequent iterations and changes throughout the development process, creating meaningful test cases still requires significant time and effort from human QA professionals.

That said, Brian also recognizes the possibilities AI could bring to the table in the future. From assisting with repetitive tasks like writing bug reports to helping QA professionals cast a wider net in identifying potential issues, AI could become an ally in enhancing the quality and efficiency of testing processes – only time will tell! Check out the full blog to learn more.

Video Game Art and AI

Through the lens of Brandon Korth, our Art Manager, this blog explores how AI is currently being used in our studio’s creative process and the considerations that come with this new technology. Currently, AI is primarily used in the pitching process to quickly generate 3D scenes that serve as inspiration for our 2D team. Echoing the opinions of our other staff members, Brandon says that AI is not a replacement for human artistry but rather a tool to help our artists expand their skill sets and adapt to the unique demands of each project.

Moreover, the use of AI in art raises pressing ethical questions about ownership, attribution, and the role of human artists in the creative process. As the industry navigates these complex issues, Brandon believes that the future of AI in video game art should be about empowering artists and expanding the range of what’s possible, not replacing human talent. Don’t miss all of the details – go to the full blog for more!

From streamlining workflows to enhancing creative possibilities, AI is already affecting how we create games that make a lasting impact. It’s also important to remember that AI is not a one-size-fits-all solution. As our team members have shared, the integration of AI into our processes requires careful consideration, collaboration, and a deep understanding of its strengths and limitations.

If you’re interested in exploring how AI can enhance your next game-based learning project, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation. Together, let’s shape the future of educational gaming!

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