The game industry is a fickle thing, we can see this from the early days of the industry when everything was not so clear cut and the boom was followed by the bust very quickly. So, nailing a defined future for gaming is difficult to comprehend, let alone bank on. One thing for sure is the success of the industry is undoubted which is very promising indeed. I recently came across this article in The Guardian about video game “trends” (not the word I would use to describe it but I digress) and I mulled over a few of the ideas expressed here.
I would see the new ideas being pushed out by the industry as very socially progressive. Traditionally gaming was more a personal thing whereby you as the player played the game, solitary without input from others. The advances being made in online gaming are allowing for more social games coming to the forefront of the industry, where in the past the online game mode was a secondary feature of most games.
This however may pose a vast rethink of how games are made, generally the player is the centre of attention for the game but with these new ideas being pushed out, what is the point of the game? I wonder is the experience alone the unique selling point for these new social games? This is where virtual reality comes into play, there has to be a physical space for these games to be played and VR is a great platform to launch the next generation of gamers, the one issue I have with VR though is it’s limitations. We can only interact with this virtual reality by a headset alone, so where does that leave the rest of our senses? Gaming for me was always a fully immersive experience, whereby you imagined the feeling based on the sights and sounds that were being presented to you on screen. If VR is manipulating our vision then what else can we do to enhance that and extend it to our other senses? And also, if we can achieve this, where will it take us? will we end up in a TRON like scenario where the line between our reality and the virtual one is so blurred we do not know which one is real?
Interesting times ahead nonetheless.