AI image generators have been responsible for a lot in the past few months. Hardly a day goes by without us discovering some new experiences, whether it’s reviving late celebrities or creating a tool so we can turn anyone into a Pokémon. Now someone has used them to enhance what 30 years ago was the latest in video game graphics.
An artist has fed ’90s Sega fighting game Virtua Fighter characters with an AI image generator, turning original 3D polygon graphics into (well, roughly) photorealistic ones. To see how this technology works, take a look at our article HOW TO USE DALL-E 2 (Opens in a new tab).
Virtua Fighter was a revolution when it was released in 1993. It is generally considered to be the first fighter with fully 3D graphics, and the graphics have been improved in several sequels. But how would it look up-to-date by today’s standards in graphics? Well, tech artist Colin Williamson (Opens in a new tab) I decided to find out with some help from image-to-image contrast of the technology’s open source AI model to Image Stable Diffusion. The results are impressive and entertaining.
Dumb AI trick: I fed the VIRTUA FIGHTER (1993) to Stable Diffusion. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/AJmKcIen8XOctober 3, 2022
The graphics have come a long way since the original Virtua Fighter was released, but Williamson said Twitter (Opens in a new tab): “When I played this game in middle school, I was like, ‘That’s it. The graphics could never get any better than this,” and my dad was like, “I’m not sure, that kind of looks bad.” “
Upgrading characters in Stable Difusion has never been so easy. Williamson noted on Twitter that the algorithm “didn’t really know what to do with spiky hair — or with a widow’s wolf peak.” He told Ars Technica in an interview (Opens in a new tab). “The hardest part was just figuring out how to describe the characters’ outfits. Once I found a good mentor, I would do a batch of about 50 and pick the funniest one.”
He said he tried passive thrust, in which the user can tell the AI model what doesn’t include “things like ‘please don’t draw messy looking hands’, which does an excellent job since your characters now only have six fingers instead of seven.” Here are more results.
Akira. I never realized how super high quality these models were. pic.twitter.com/qXrVmZTmRZOctober 3, 2022
Kage. When I played this game in middle school, I was like, “That’s it. The graphics can never get better than this,” and my dad would say “I’m not sure, that kind of looks bad.” pic.twitter.com/w0LlB8ls0xOctober 3, 2022
wolf. Dude has always had a peak assassin widow and the AI has no respect for that. pic.twitter.com/TLhAlrwa31October 3, 2022
Secret Character: Doral. Bright! pic.twitter.com/bqkXSYcnmoOctober 3, 2022
Williamson said he tried to make Virtua Fighter 2 and 3 characters as well, which benefit from improved graphics, but said it was “more fun when the source material is more abstract.” He added, “I feel like we’re probably 10 years away from doing this kind of thing in real time on older games. The future is going to be weird.” In fact.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen video game characters undergo AI treatment. diffuse Netflix Zelda Stickers (Opens in a new tab) She fooled the internet by offering an amazing cast of Netflix adaptation. We have even seen a spot on Pokemon generator AI (Opens in a new tab). For more information about artificial intelligence tools, see how the . file Comparison of the best AI generators (Opens in a new tab).