Lucas Plans To Make Video Games With Artificial Intelligence

Last Updated Tue, 02 Aug 2005 15:20:56 EDTCBC Arts
George Lucas – creator of the Star Wars films and head of the Lucasfilm entertainment empire – says he intends to make video games that have artificial intelligence.
Lucas made the remark Monday in Los Angeles at Siggraph 2005, a computer-graphics and interactive-technology convention, where he was the keynote speaker.
George Lucas directs Anthony Daniels, who played C-3PO, while making 1977's 'Star Wars.' "I want to get to a point where you can talk to the game and it will talk back," the movie mogul said during an hour-long question-and-answer session.
According to Lucas, a system with artificial intelligence is the "ultimate goal" of those working in the gaming industry.
"I'm really pushing for advances in artificial intelligence and intelligent voice-recognition technology," he added in front of the crowd of thousands.
Lucas believes such technology would allow gamers to be the stars of games that are even more like movies than the current crop of video games: "I think that will change games from first-person shooter narratives to intelligent and challenging first-person shooter-type dramas."
LucasArts is the gaming arm of the California filmmaker's sprawling empire. Its latest title is Star Wars: Battlefront II, which will be published Nov. 1, to coincide with the release of the Revenge of the Sith DVD.
Although his Star Wars films are beloved by millions of fans, movie purists have taken Lucas to task for helping to usher in the era of big-budget blockbusters that rely heavily on special effects.
Even some diehard Lucas fans were turned off by his use of computer-generated characters in films like The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.
For his part, Lucas says he relishes bringing technological change to the worlds of film and entertainment.
Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan Kenobi (top), faces Hayden Christensen's Anakin Skywalker in 'Revenge of the Sith.' (AP photo)
"I put all of my resources into pushing the evolution in an industry that is notoriously backwards and I enjoy pushing that envelope," he said.
"I'm lucky enough that there is never a blank canvas in front of me," the 61-year-old added. "I have hundreds of projects that I want to do but I am running out of time."
Lucas recently established a new headquarters for his companies in San Francisco

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