Wednesday 12 February, 2014

The Future of Video Games

Especially if you’re an old-timer (over 30 in the gaming world), it’s interesting to think about how far video games have come. When we were kids playing ‘Asteroids’ on an Atari 500, we could’ve never imagined the world of video games today, where graphics are so real and you can play with people across the world.

Who knows where it will go from here? It’s impossible to predict, but there are a few future trends in video games that people are talking about. These ideas may become reality in the coming years.

Cheaper and Shorter

Video game makers are working on creating shorter games with cheaper price tags. This trend is already under way. Most video gamers don’t have lots of money to spend on games and with production being so cheap, video game companies have found that cheaper games where you can upgrade with software patches are more profitable. There are even free games offered now that have ads and in-game products for sale.

Games On-Demand

There appears to be a rise in on-demand games that are played using cloud computing rather than consoles. This drives down prices and makes it easier to play multiplayer games that integrate with the Internet. More games of the future may be subscription based.

A Customized Gaming Experience

Games are becoming increasingly customized. When you log in, it remembers who you are and changes the game settings accordingly. Game companies increased customization mostly to prevent piracy, but users found that it enhanced the gaming experience.

Let’s Get Physical

Let’s face it; gamers aren’t getting any younger. As the first generation of home gamers gets a bit older, there’ll probably be more health-related games. We’ve already seen this with all the fitness games offered by Nintendo Wii. New games may focus on sharpening your memory and helping you keep in shape, destroying the stereotype of the potato chip-eating slob gamer.

More Movement

Body movement controls which were made popular by Nintendo Wii will only increase. They’ll get better, more accurate, and more engaging. Movement controls are now being combined with 3D features to give gamers a more realistic experience.

Biometrics

The most exciting, revolutionary and futuristic trend in gaming is biometrics. Biometric games take data from your heart rate, eye movements, temperature, and even brain waves, and alter the gaming experience accordingly using cameras and other monitoring equipment. This has been the dream of game developers for decades but the technology to make it happen may finally be within our reach.

Your Creative Muscle

There will likely be more games where you set the scene yourself. You can create your own settings, characters, weapons, and monsters and play away. Games where you create the action can be played collaboratively with multiple players where everyone contributes.

There’s one thing we can definitely count on in the future – even better graphics and action. Who knows what else will happen?

Bob Steele

Bob Steele

Bob Steele is an entrepreneur, software developer, marketer, and author living in the Denver metropolitan area. He’s an avid outdoorsman who loves skiing, hiking, fishing, boating, and just plain having fun. His interests include games, space, technology, physics, cooking (well eating actually), economics, business, internationalism, and team sports. With over thirty years of professional consulting experience, Bob has been exposed to many diverse business models and has gained a sensible approach to life. Bob’s company, WaveCentric is focused on commerce, marketing, and entertainment related products.

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