Minecraft is already a very smart game, but it could be better, right? There’s one weird way people can redesign things with ease right now, and that’s AI. Thanks to the Dall-E footage rampaging the internet, AI is a big thing right now, so it was only a matter of time until someone gave Minecraft the treatment. AI.
Mysticat, who you can normally find building work tanks and shooting their friends with them, decided it was time we saw the true potential of Mojang’s voxel universe. In their most recent video, they go through a bunch of different AI systems to change the look and sound of the game. They use things like Soundraw for music and sound effects, and Craiyon for textures. You can follow the video for every AI used, and every little change adds up quickly.
The end result of all these little changes is, frankly, pretty unnerving. While some blocks like dirt look pretty good, the PNG images for flowers and the gruesome faces of some of the Minecraft monsters are nightmarish fuel. The sound effects are particularly haunting, with each animal sounding like something you’d expect to hear as the world succumbs to an invasion of demons.
On the plus side, we’re pretty sure this is the only proof anyone could ever need to know why people should be designing games and not weird AI sites. Hopefully that also means the inevitable machine uplift is also a long way off. Although if Minecraft’s Warden becomes real and goes out of the game, we will be in a lot of trouble.
In other Minecraft innovations, if you’re a big fan of Redstone, this video where some expert builders look at how things have changed over the years is a must.