In 2023, the power of AI can do wonderful things, just this year we have seen The Simpsons, as a live-action sitcom as well as Family Guy receiving the same treatment.
Now, the characters of the classic video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas have been brought to life.
The fifth main entry in the GTAseries released in 2004, and while a remaster did release in 2021, the game certainly shows its age, especially in terms of visuals.
But now, a GTA superfan has used AI generation to determine what some of the much-loved characters in San Andreas would look like in the real world.
The fan posted his incredible findings to the StableDiffusion Reddit forum under the username AaronGNP.
The gamer claimed that he used ControlNet, Img2Img, and RealisticVision to turn pixelated characters into people that look more or less real.
With AI, the first character that was shown was of course San Andreas’ main protagonist, CJ – or Carl Johnson as he was less commonly known as.
Many have pointed out that AI-generated CJ is possibly most like his 2004 video game self, with it really looking quite incredible.
Next up is Officer Tenpenny, as I’m sure many are aware, is a corrupt officer in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Tenpenny is based off a real-life LAPD officer named Rafael Perez, a key figure in the LAPD Rampart Scandal in the late 1990s.
While he may be rather evil in the game, he is looking pretty fine after some AI treatment.
The fan favorite Big Smoke follows, with this one being a personal favourite of ours.
Following Big Smoke is Sean ‘Sweet’ Johnson in his signature green snapback and sweater combo, with Lance Wilson following.
More commonly known as ‘Ryder’, he is one of the main members of Grove Street Families gang in San Andreas.
Next up is the leader of the Varrios Los Aztecas gang, Cesar Vialpando, who looks very much life-like.
And following Cesar is his cousin, Catalina – who plays a rather big role in the game’s story.
The Truth – an ageing hippie and friend of CJ is next, followed by drug supplier Mike Toreno.
And the final character to receive the AI treatment is the blind leader of the Mountain Cloud Boys, Wu Zi Mu.
The results from this AI work are quite frankly uncanny, and it will be interesting to see how much more life-like AI can get.
The Simpsons, Family Guy, GTA – what next will get the AI treatment?