Today is the 40th anniversary of Pac-Man, one of the main cultural icons in the world. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Twitch announced its first “integrated” game, multiplayer Pac-Man Live Studio. But for some, NVIDIA AI-re-creation of the original Pac-Man may overshadow any further installments in the series.
Pac-Man Live Studio is a collaboration between Amazon and Bandai. This is a browser-based game built directly into Twitch, so you don’t need to download software to compete with your friends or stream live to your fans. The game, which starts in June, has an endless mode where teams chase high scores, a maze creator where players build and play custom levels, and a classic mode where you can play the original. Pac-Man and compete for a better world score.
Amazon Pac-Man Live Studio is a major step for game development, as it is the first title specially designed for live broadcast. From now on, developers will have to design their games to entertain an audience, as well as the person who is actually playing.
But as I mentioned earlier, some people might be more interested in announcing NVIDIA’s birthday. Le has just unveiled his recreation of Pac-Man, that was constructed from zero by GameGAN AI. According to NVIDIA, the AI did not have access to a game engine and built its recreation of Pac-Man 50,000 “episodes” of gameplay. The only notable difference between the original Pac-Man and its recreation AI is visual quality – recreation looks like much softer than his ancestor. Obviously, GameGAN is not a graphic snob.
In the long term, NVIDIA hopes that GameGAN will become a common development tool. Not to duplicate games, but to generate unique layouts and game levels. GameGAN will be another brush in a game developer’s toolkit and hopefully will reduce their workload.
Twitch’s Pac-Man Live Studio and generated by NVIDIA AI Pac-Man are milestones for the game, although they cannot get the press of the original Pac-Man. Amazon says you can play and stream Pac-Man Live Studio on Twitch next month. NVIDIA Pac-Man hobbies will reach AI Playground Later this year.