Video games first entered mainstream consciousness around the 1970s and 1980s. Since then, they have come on in leaps and bounds and this is largely down to the rapid advance of technology. Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways that tech has impacted the gaming industry.
Nowadays, people can play games from wherever they are thanks to mobile gaming. While this originally just consisted of playing Snake on old Nokia phones, graphics and gameplay have improved immeasurably, and you can now enjoy everything from role-playing games to casino games on the likes of freeextrachips.com. Mobile gaming has helped to boost accessibility and brought gaming even more mainstream than it was already.
Just like TV shows and movies are increasingly available on-demand, the same is also true of games thanks to new packages from the major consoles. This could be the future of gaming as people buy fewer and fewer physical games. The subscription model is one that has very much entered the mainstream in all sorts of different ways.
Games that make the most of gesture control have been around for a while now, making gaming accessible to people who prefer not to use controllers. Nintendo got onto this in a big way with the release of the Wii – as PlayStation and Xbox consoles became for more ‘serious’ gamers. Of course, this gesture control is becoming more complicated with 3D cameras that track a number of points on your hand, helping you to move naturally through the games.
In many ways, it still feels like we are in the early days of virtual reality gaming, but it is also likely that this is an area that is going to take off in a big way. VR headset displays are already advancing quickly, and it is also likely that they will come down in price, in order for them to enter the mainstream market. This is being backed up by the release of more augmented reality games, which make the most of the world around you. For example, a Mario Kart course that takes place in your own home!
Excellent Graphics and High-Def Displays
If you showed the gamers of the 1980s just how far we have come in terms of graphics, they probably would not be able to believe their eyes. Gamers can now enjoy fully rendered and realistic worlds, which makes you feel much more like you are experiencing the full extent of the gameplay. This is coupled with the high definition displays that ensure everything looks as crisp as possible.
The impact of technology advances has been immeasurable in the gaming industry. As we live in such a rapidly advancing world, it looks likely that these will continue to grow in the near and long-term future. In fact, it is more than likely that somebody will write an article in 20- or 30-years’ time looking back at how basic our games were!
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