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2020 Vision: The Future of Gaming - IGN

2020 Vision: The Future of Gaming - IGN | The future of the video game industry |
How will gaming have changed by 2020? We asked a panel of top developers, from studios like Blizzard, Platinum Games, Capcom, Guerrilla Games, Ubisoft Montreal, Krome and more!
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This article from Cam Shea, gives you insight to some of the big developers in the industry. One of the biggest and obvious things that will change and will continue to change consistently will be the hardware and graphics. Games will become more and more realistic looking and almost life like. Another could be the presence of using yourself as a controller, using devices like kinect and virtual reality headsets. Although the technology isn't here now to fully optimize the true ability the kinect has it opens up to endless possibilities of things that you could be able to do without a controller, which will make the player feel more immersed. Then you have VR headsets like oculus rift which has already been shown to have people walking on a treadmill which would then make them move within the game. Not only could this make games be able to get people off the couch and getting more active while playing, but besides the normal gamer using this technologies, the military or emergency services could use that hardware to create real world scenarios to train someone.


We should also begin to see a lot more indie games become more and more frequent given that someone who has zero experience in the industry but just someone who loves video games can create their own and publish it to the world. We'll be able to see those games on the web, mobile, pc, and console platforms. Giving everyone the ability to get involved in the industry. We will also see better stories that can rival that of major blockbusters of Hollywood, and giving an experience with more meaning than just something you get through in 8 hours. We'll also see greater design, with better models and giving landscapes and levels a greater scale and giving you the impression that the world around you is alive and that multiple things are going on around you.


All that we do know is that within 10 or 20 years from now the games that have come out will be obsolete and sub par to what we will know then. The games and hardware we know now that seem amazing are only a small step towards what the future can hold. Specially when it comes to an industry when the next video card or console will be irrelevant in a few years. 

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Are video games the future of storytelling?

Are video games the future of storytelling? | The future of the video game industry |
Five-novel author and poet Ander Monson muses on whether or not storytelling's future is in video (Are video games the future of storytelling?

Via Brock N. Meeks
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After reading Ander Monson's article about storytelling in video games, I would have to agree that we'll start to see more and more developers make more appealing and dynamic story lines to grab and keep the gamers attention. Even now their have been games that have amazing story lines like Alan Wake and the Walking Dead series. Unfortunately there are a lot of developers in the industry that only use the same material with different twists in them and rehash after rehash every year.


But given that video games are starting to become as big, if not bigger than major blockbuster films, we may finally get story writers choosing to pick video games as their outlet compared to film. Given that there have been many indie games that have thrived under great story telling, gaming in the future we should begin to expect to have  amazing stories and adventures to play.

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Future of Gaming: 5 Exciting Emerging Trends

Future of Gaming: 5 Exciting Emerging Trends | The future of the video game industry |
Technology evolves in amazingly rapid speeds. If you need any real observable proof of the speedy advancement of digital technology over the years, take a look at the gaming industry. From the very early years of black-and-white 2D games like Pong (1972) to the first 3D game, 3D Monster Maze ... Continue reading »

Via Iain Aberdour
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In this article Micheal Poh lists 5 trends that he believes will be big emerging trends. But to me the two that will most likely last the longest would be the secondary screens and cloud gaming. Although things like Virtual Reality starting to get a lot of hype again, I just don't see it panning out like some would want, it'll more then like just be a fad that fades away like the Wii. Though Open-source gaming and augmented reality do seem interesting I just can't seem them becoming mainstream within the market, given that we already have some games that are capable of it now but they're not responsive enough to really be enjoyable.


But when it comes to the secondary screens we're already seeing the big 3 using them now, and giving developers another device to add on to the bigger experience with the game. It could be something as simple as having a map popup saving you the time of having to go through menus in game to find you can have it on your tablet and it saves you the hassle or even as we're seeing now with the hand-held device for the Wii U and PS4, you can now continue your game without having to play it on the console.


Lastly, I honestly believe that cloud gaming will be the future of gaming, and it's just a shame that Microsoft backed out of doing it on the Xbox One. Once we can get to where internet is more reliable and more available around the world, then cloud gaming will be able to thrive and be more accepted in the industry and the customer base. It'll make it easier to get games and will hopefully make games cheaper to buy given that you won't have to worry about the packaging and the discs. There's so much to look forward to when it comes to cloud gaming and its just down to waiting for someone to take that risk and go for it.


There's a lot to get excited about in gaming and some of them are just a couple of years away. So it's a great time to be a gamer rather that's someone who's in console, pc, or mobile gaming.

Iain Aberdour's curator insight, March 27, 2014 6:45 AM

The more realistic side of what you're expected to see in the video game industry in 5 - 10 years. Cloud Gaming, Virtual Reality, Open Source Gaming are all what pops up in everyone's mind.