7 Trends Redefining Game Design: How Technology Is Changing the Gaming Industry
7 Trends Redefining Game Design- Have you heard any of these theories about how the world we live in isn’t actually a “ground truth”? Basically, what we think of as “real life” is just a very realistic simulation created by the most advanced version of us, and are we living in it?
It’s a little crazy, but when Elon Musk says that’s probably the case, you really have to think about it (debs on being the one, see you in Rave Zion).
The more you think about it, the more it seems… well, wait a minute… what if we were?
As the video above states, forty years ago we had pong. Now we have virtual reality and virtual reality games.
This is a huge technological leap in a very short period of time. Calculators used to be the size of a room…now you could put one in your pocket…and that same machine could access the internet. playing music. Play videos. data storage.
He makes phone calls. to send emails. Surf around the world. Wake you up in the morning. Take high-resolution photos.
All of this has happened in the past twenty years. But now, new phones are launched every year with better technology than its predecessor. Faster processing power. More storage. Technological progress and growth are insane.
The graphical difference between a Nintendo 64 in the mid-90s and a high-end PC today, just over 20 years later…is insane.
It’s an amazing difference in such a short period of time… Yes, we could be in a simulation.
Anyway, let’s talk about the advances in game design technology and what they mean for you (because the white rabbit will appear any minute).
Continuous Advancement of Technology Itself
7 Trends Redefining Game Design Includes New iterations of game consoles are appearing more frequently than ever before. Microsoft and Sony released versions 2.0 for current generation systems. Xbox One evolved into Xbox One S. PS4 evolved into PS4 Pro.
Why update? New TV technology! Original systems are not designed to support 4K / HDR picture modes.
What does this mean for you and the industry? It may mean constantly pushing the boundaries. By the time a game is released, it’s time to start thinking about the next iteration of gaming technology.
It could also mean a lot more portability and backward compatibility opportunities.
We’ve seen augmented reality in action with Pokémon Go.
Now, that game was a lot of fun for a short period of time. How long before people consider augmented reality uses for anything other than Pokémon Go spin-offs?
Virtual scavenger hunts, interactive theme park experiences, virtual “events” that can happen around you… there are some really cool opportunities out there.
What does this mean? You will have plenty of room to think outside the box. Imagine puzzle games or strategy games that can be played in augmented reality. Does the real life Eugeo really exist?
Here’s a better idea: think beyond existing franchises. What are some original intellectual property ideas that fit the shape of augmented reality?
Augmented Reality’s Big Brother: Virtual Reality is a fully immersive game.
The world has seen attempts at virtual reality before. It did not spread. This time around, it looks like virtual reality is here to stay. And it is not used only for entertainment!
The fields of science and medicine are testing virtual reality as a way to teach paraplegics to walk again. This is madness.
What does this mean? Right now, VR is on a time limit (if you play for too long, it starts to feel nauseous). Another problem is the limited space. How do you explore the world without the aid of a handheld console and bump into everything in your physical space?
This is just one of the questions that you will have to answer as VR advances. Virtual reality can take users anywhere, allow them to do anything, and we’re just scratching the surface of those possibilities.
On paper, this seemed like an interesting feature that few games have tried to implement (*cough* Tom Clancy *cough*). In addition to the potential to make things easier, there is the potential for some really neat integration into games.
By now, it sounds like you’re talking to yourself or yelling at the screen (which your roommates are probably already used to, anyway). As games get smarter and AI technology continues to improve, will we be able to have real conversations with the characters in the games we play?
We don’t need to say anything else, but… motion control is cool, and definitely not something that was done well (if ever) before the Wii was released.
How can motion control be linked to augmented or virtual reality?
Another distinctive feature of Nintendo. Nintendo Switch is completely portable and impressive. The fact that you can transition from a connected screen to a mobile screen seamlessly is pretty cool in the world of gaming technology.
Portability and local multiplayer support both update changes to the online-only single-player trend that video games have plunged into in recent years.
Local Multiplayer Towards Single and Online Play
If you’re listening… Bring back the lost art of homegrown gaming in video games. As mentioned, the Nintendo Switch did this very well.
We miss the days of split-screen Halo and bring a guest to the online Call of Duty game. As fun as it is going back to the Xbox 360 and PS3 console generations, there are now some games coming out that would be great to play locally with friends.
Graphics and Screen Power
TVs are crazy now. Wild 4K HDR picture. And the graphics keep up with that strength. It’s almost hard to run an old game and see how rough it is around the visible edges.
What does this mean? Life in a simulation, here we are…
Perhaps the only games more portable than the Nintendo Switch, mobile games accounted for nearly half of the video game industry’s sales last year.
Play games anywhere, connect with friends on the Internet. Play everything from Words with Friends to Run escape when you get some downtime during the day.
We’ve seen the power of mobile-based Pokémon Go. What other worlds could we be drawn into with the increasing power of mobile phones?
Try and Stay Informed
With the pace of technology these days, this article will be almost out of date by the time we can publish it. It’s a great time for technology, and we don’t really know what the future holds.
When television was invented 90 years ago, showing the first broadcast image in black and white, no one could have predicted where it would go.
We’re in the same boat now, except only 10 years later we’ll look back and be amazed at how far we managed to get. Try and keep going!