Sunday, 14 August 2011

Gaming ahead - Where will games be in 10 years


I have been a gamer my whole life.I have seen games change from the days of the Atari and the original Nintendo NES to what they are today.

The leaps and strides made in graphics are astounding to say the least.Console and game manufacturers have pushed the limits of graphics to the point where the environments and characters within the games we play almost look completely real. (LA Noire springs to mind as an example, with not only spectacular graphics, but characters with facial expressions and voice acting that come close to real-life actors.)

At the forefront of this push for better graphics was the PC, and as hardware began to change on the PC, so did the quality of graphics. This current generation of consoles has almost completely bridged the gap though ,and now almost every game we see looks more spectacular than the last, regardless of being released on PC or on console.

Lately the focus seems to have changed from graphics to interactivity though, and with the release of motion-sensing devices for every single console and the depth that 3D brings, I begin to wonder what games will be like in the future.

Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and PC developers are constantly competing with each other on all fronts to better their sales and to beat their competitors, and although this is to increase their own sales figures, we are the ones who truly benefit from this. Games are constantly changing and evolving and so does the technology behind them.

So, imagine where we'll be in 10 years.

Although none of us really know, perhaps we will finally begin to see the first true Virtual Reality games at that point, especially considering how far we've come since the Atari, and who knows what might be next.

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