Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Future of Gaming

Gaming has come a long way.  Some of you may remember, or have played, the original Pong.  A classic and a revolution, Pong started what we all call "video gaming" now.  Video games have come a long way since then, and what we see now almost seemed impossible then.  It almost makes you think:  what will the future of gaming be like?

Not too long ago, we talked about 3D immersive eyewear and a new innovation by Microsoft that allows you to interact with holograms.  Awesome, right?

Well, now we're at that point.  The future of gaming is right around the corner, and it took us a long time to get here.  There were days when you had to go to an arcade and pay a quarter, or use a token, to play your beloved video games. Then, innovation happened.

Suddenly, with the rise of the computer, games could be played more at home and the need to spend your time and money at the arcade lessened, though not by much.  What started as 8-bit graphics played every now and then by yourself or with friends has slowly turned into an all-out visual art experience.  It really has.

With the newest innovations in computing, we can definitely expect not only better gameplay, but definitely more vast worlds.  The attention to detail that can be made as of recently can make you think you're watching a movie.  Individual blades of grass blowing in the wind, facial and body recognition, fine polishing, and flowing water are things getting ready to be in video games as we speak.  After all, look at the graphics in Avatar.  Pretty sick, right?

We can expect much smarter AI in the near future, and maybe even emotion recognition.  Wouldn't it be amazing to play a Survival Horror game and have it adapt to how on edge you are?  With the Kinect alone we can almost fully control characters, and if you combine that with the Vuzix eyewear, we're in for a real treat.  And this is only the beginning.

What do you see in the future of gaming?

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