Ever wondered what games will look like in let’s say 10-years time? Of course you have. Whether they will meet or surpass our expectations remains to be seen, but until that time we can let our imaginations run wild and hope that developers will come up with the necessary technology to allow us to live our dreams.
With technology and pop culture changing all the time it is rather difficult to gain an unhampered view of what the future of gaming holds. Where our most popular gaming franchises will be in a decade is unclear, but with the promise of new generation consoles on the horizon, we know that the future is bright.
In 2011 Sony Entertainment invited numerous game creators to discuss what they thought video gaming would look like in a decade. Although that was two years ago, one can believe that much of what was said then is still relevant and stands true today. In the 80’s movies were made about virtual reality and written about it too, but it still has yet to be realised. One of the panel of experts at the above-mentioned conference by the name of Hocking said that, “Gamers will be able to create objects holographically and sculpt things with our hands, opening up fascinating new one-to-one interactions. Experiences will go behind Hollywood movies, where AI characters will not only be able to talk directly to the player, but they’ll be able to show them an object and have them interact with it.”
While virtual reality is ‘the big thing’, there are many other advancements that should take place by then. For one, 2D games will become completely out-of-date, single-player gaming will cease to exist and game consoles will be the equivalent of a friend, picking up on your mood, heart rate and even facial expressions.
This brings up the obvious question that if gaming is expected to advance by so much, how many other technologically based aspects of our lives will be equally influenced. For example, someone who is an avid online gambler: how will their gambling experience be affected by the latest breakthroughs? Would someone simply sitting behind their keyboard thinking “Casino games South Africa” immediately be redirected to a South African online casino? Similarly, would a surgeon simply be able to visualise a certain surgical technique in order for a robot arm to take over the procedure.
In 10-years time will we look back on our estimations and think that they were too outrageous or way too modest? I’m without a doubt hoping for the latter.