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In a world with many streaming platforms competing for the top spot, you would assume that their biggest competition was each other; what if we told you that was definitely not the case? Individuals at both Amazon & Netflix are trying to wrap their heads around the advent of the gaming industry with technology and its speedy rise to the top; all of which has posed it as not only a worthy competitor but also a potential threat to the future of streaming platforms altogether.
The numbers don’t lie either. With approximately 100 million viewers having tuned into the World championship of the game League of Legends, as compared to the substantially low number that chose to watch the Super Bowl on television.
With a growing following and with multiple streams of revenue, there can be no denying the fact that gaming is here to not only stay but also take the throne!
So, how is this medium utilizing technology and growing at a speed faster than anyone else?
Virtual Reality – The AI Influence
We got familiar with role-playing games at an early age; an introduction that was there with third-person games where the player could “play” as someone else, but now these very players have the opportunity to “become” the main character.
VR puts the gamer at the center of the world and lets them explore the virtual world as they were already available in the game. In other words, you are the game.
This technology is now working to figure out a way of including artificial intelligence to an extent where it can evolve the gaming experience and provide players with constantly changing scenarios and missions.
This limits the production of games because creators fear that games might evolve on their own if AI has the freedom to explore and be creative; a concern all AI experts have.
So while AI may have limitations, you still have the opportunity to create a character that mirrors you (through facial recognition and 3D scanning) and become one with the game.
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Voice Recognition – Treating Laziness
You’re enough doing with the game but you want to finish that last mission. How do you force yourself to pick up the controller and tap many buttons to destroy the final level boss?
Well, you don’t have to do that anymore. With the latest voice-recognition software, gamers can run the entire show with the VOICE. Tell the computer what you want to do, and it’ll do the job for you.
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It’s A Whole New World! – The rise of high definition displays
Gone are the days of pixelated displays and characters that barely resemble real-life; with a massive improvement in graphics, gamers have access to the gaming world like never before. Characters not only mirror actual life individuals in appearance but their behavioral patterns sync. In other words, if you hit someone with the car in a game, they don’t disappear.. they get flunked in the ear like they would in real life! (and you would also get to hear their screams as they fly away)
Augmented Reality – Bringing the game to you!
It’s understandable how some people would not want to be “in” the game because that might be a scary experience. Yet, creators now allow users to bring the game to their own living rooms!
Players can create spaces within the real world and bring the game to real-life situations; you can play table tennis on your living room table or run an entire obstacle course from the comfort of your backyard!
Wear Your Game!
People want to have continued and immediate access to time so the watch was available. Then came the need to keep track of health and fitness, so fitness-centric smartwatches came. Now, there exists a need to “game-on-the-go”, so wearable game-wear came into being.
The gaming industry by technology is now portable and helps the users become a part of their loved games by providing them the opportunity to play from a distance and play whenever they wish to.
While this technology limits to a few games and is quite expensive; work is being done to incorporate these devices as extensions to gaming consoles to provide the users with a consistent and undisturbed gaming experience.
Viewers pay millions every year to stream videos and concerts and other events; what if you could do that for games? What if there was a game that only a limited number of people could play after paying?
This is a model that developers are exploring at the moment. The rise in the numbers of developers has also meant increased competition and to be a step above the other, developers are looking for ways to create exclusive content that not only draws a crowd but also helps them increase their revenues.
Mobile Gaming – Always On The Go
There was a time when every kid and adult alike would spend hours on their phones playing Snake or Tetris. Since that was what mobile-gaming was all about.
This yet holds no-more with mobile gaming now having the capability to not only handle modified versions of console-based games but also the potential for online gaming to be an interactive experience for the users.
Players Battle Underground is one such game that is taking the world by storm – available on mobiles, this game connects millions of users across the globe through the internet and provides them with a gaming experience like none other.
With gaming having achieved so much so quickly, one does begin to question if they’ve exhausted all their options and are now at the end of the rope as far as advancements are in concern. Yet if time has taught us anything, it that technology is ever-growing and ever-changing so there’s little chance that the gaming industry will be slowing down any time soon!
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