- Microsoft recently announced controversial new AI tools for video game development, sparking backlash from writers, actors, and developers who fear job losses.
- The tech giant claims the design copilot and character engine tools will aid creators, but critics argue they aim to directly replace human jobs.
- While Microsoft pushes forward, it faces growing concerns about AI-generated content quality and needs to address issues like job loss that are weighing on the minds of users.
Microsoft recently announced new AI tools for video game development, sparking backlash from writers, actors, and developers in the gaming industry. The tech giant claims the tools will aid creators, but many fear this push towards AI will only accelerate job losses.
On November 7th, Microsoft revealed its collaboration with AI startup Inworld to build two AI products for game makers: a design copilot and a character engine. According to Microsoft, these tools will help developers quickly generate game narratives, quests, dialogues, and more.
Microsoft’s announcement was met with an outpouring of criticism on social media. Many game developers, writers, and voice actors argued the move was “tone deaf” amid mass layoffs across the industry this year.
Some critics said the AI tools aim to directly replace human jobs. Voice actor Erika Ishii wrote the technology is “egregiously disrespectful and dangerous” to creators. Writer Brittney Morris accused Microsoft of “gaslighting” by framing AI as empowering for artists.
Many stated they will refuse to work on projects involving the new Microsoft AI. Voice actor Shelby Young said the technology will “make it even harder for new talent to break into video games.”
While AI hype continues, backlash from creators highlights concerns about job loss and low-quality AI-generated content. As Microsoft pushes forward, it will need to address these issues weighing heavily on the minds of the very users its AI tools aim to support. The debate surrounding the ethics of AI in gaming is only growing louder.