Sunday, 1 November 2009

History of Computer Games: 2000s - The Future

In the 2000s the industry really took off. This leap would be something Mike Powell (The Athlete - ) and his title of the world’s longest jump could relate to, the progression during this time period equates to his world record. No doubt with this world record will be beaten again soon as records are always been broke. Similarly the games industry will also reach new heights as the market for computer games seems to be constantly expanding. This change has come about due to the development of unconventional gaming consoles such as the Nintendo Wii and DS, these consoles open up more possibilities to developers. Thus, in theory this provides us with more interesting and less generic games.

This erratic movement started with Playstation 2 in the late months of 2000 and then Microsoft's first foray into the gaming console market with the Xbox. Not only where these a vast improvement on the realism within graphics and gameplay, but also very innovative with the social network side of gaming (the introduction of things like Xbox Live). In recent times these consoles have since been improved upon and we are now into the next generation of console gaming (Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii). Going through the history of gameing has created a clear timeline and shown me how far we have come in such a short time. This makes the prospect of been a games designer/artist in the future a really exciting one.

There are lots of interesting ideas spinning around in my head of what still could be introduced into gaming... Maybe I’m in the wrong field. A thought that I had not so long ago is why not add another element to the gaming experience? Incorporate some sort of heating system into the controller that adapted to the environment. So, if you playing a shooter set in the snowy mountains the controller would become ice cold. Other than the obvious things such as improving technology to allow greater graphics, effects, etc. I can visualise something completely fresh coming about in the not so distant future like virtual reality which would mark another milestone in gaming history.

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