The gaming industry has grown leaps and bounds in the last few years. Every since smart phones were made with the capacity to handle a heavy duty game with all its features, gaming has gone global and how. What used to be a niche for those keen on gaming, now, everyone with a phone is a gamer.
That being said, the industry is not poised on another huge breakthrough – virtual reality. And the first people on the bandwagon are mobile phone manufacturers who have launched virtual reality equipment like the Samsung Gear VR, for instance. It is a wearable device that gives the user a highly personalized experience of a game.
Perhaps a better example would be the Pokemon Go craze that enveloped the world. Apart from the scattered incidents of life threatening injuries to those who went too far in trying to get their Pokemon, the game altered the way in which people perceive a gaming interface.
Virtual reality, however, can be a single person experience, but if buzz is to be believed there are going to be ways in which this can be made a more interactive and social activity. Independent developers are of the belief that a virtual reality gaming experience will far exceed the online multi-player experience that is currently the norm.
Other than that, there is also there is also a notable rise of independent gaming studios that offer games which cater to a wider demographic. Mostly video games are perceived as something for a specific set of people with a specific set of interests, but since mobile phones have provided an all-access pass to games, everyone would like to get in on it, and the more the merrier as they say. Independent studios will be seen offering more and more niche games to a specific target audience, and these games will achieve success, unlike being completely sidelined for the blockbuster favourites like GTA or Call of Duty or Assassins Creed.
The era of paid-for reviews will also be long gone. The internet has made every step of gaming – from its funding, to its coding, to its creation and ultimate release – a very transparent process. When someone reviews a game too positively, it’s fair enough to think that the review has been paid for. Thankfully, people have become more aware of such trends and prefer to go to autonomous reviews which aren’t affiliate to mass market channels like YouTube.
Gaming as an industry is poise for huge changes, and the coming year will tell if things have changed as expected or if people still prefer to keep it traditional – gaming chairs console and all.