A way of GTA 5 who wore artificial intelligence to generate dialogues with NPCs was removed by order of Take-Two Interactiveparent company of Rockstar Games, developer of the game. The creator, Bloc, stated that he received no notice or explanation from the company prior to the takedown, which affected both the demo video on YouTube and the download page on Nexus Mods.
Sentient Streets gave players the chance to talk to non-player characters using a microphone and they, in turn, would respond with phrases created by a natural language model, making conversations more dynamic and realistic.
The creator said that the project was free and open source, and that it did not use voices or title content. He also said he was disappointed with the hostile attitude from the companywhat “chose a non-communicative approach” and who seemed to want “attack and take a stand against the mod”.
Bloc also cited a statement from Rockstar, which said it “believes in the creativity of fans and wants creators to show their passion for our games”. The studio allows the use of mods for its games in single-player mode, but not in online multiplayer – although they are rarely applied in that context.
The fine line of mod makers
The relationship between the developer and the modding community has been a roller coaster ride over the years. While some projects face resistance and even legal action, others find support and collaboration. A recent example of this complex dynamic is the official partnership with a group of roleplay modders.
This team, known for creating custom servers that allow players to assume realistic roles within the world of GTA, was previously banned. However, the company reversed its position, recognizing the value and creativity of the project. Official collaboration will allow us to work more closely together, potentially bringing new gameplay experiences and innovative content to the community.
The situation with Sentient Streets highlights the fine line creators must walk. While innovation and fan passion are often celebrated, legal and ethical boundaries can easily be crossed, leading to conflicts with copyright holders.
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