Ever wondered how a Pokémon game might turn out if it were created using a neural network? No, we can't say we have, either. But, we kind of have answer thanks to Ollin Boer Bohan, a Deep Learning Scientist at NVIDIA, who has created a playable Pokémon overworld using a neural network. Spoilers: it's wild; like jumping into a Pokémon-themed fever dream with no escape. Give it a go!
As reported by Automaton, Bohan utilised a computing system that is modeled on the human brain and nervous system, training it to effectively mimick what a true Pokémon game would look like (hello, Ditto!). As you'd probably expect, there are no actual gameplay elements at work here; you can use your computer keyboard to move the character around, but what you're seeing on screen is purely a visual representation of a Pokémon game.
You can read more on how Bohan accomplished the feat through his blog post; it appears he used Pokémon Diamond and Pearl as visual references for the project, and this is plainly obvious when you try out the demo for yourself. Fair warning, though: it's weird, like really weird. Even when stood in one place, you can see the environment around you pulsing and shifting, like a real living entity.
Regardless, it's an impressive accomplishment, and we're looking forward to seeing what other marvels can be created using neural networks!
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