The Evolution of Video Games

October 11, 2008

Once again a TED talk… sorry for that. But this is a really great one, even though it`s from 2006.
Game designer David Perry shows that tomorrow’s videogames will be more than mere fun to the next generation of gamers. They’ll be lush, complex, emotional experiences — more inclusive and meaningful to some than real life.

A highlight is the video inside the talk by a student Michael Highland who describes his life as a video game addict.

The video game market is the fastest growing entertainment market out there and there is no end in sight. Why? It`s the only market where the product itself, the technology, can develop  year after year in new spheres…
And at the moment we have no idea where it will stop…
It just seems to be a question of time, when there is a convergence of blockbuster movies and games…

As we know, games can be much more than heading for the highscore or killing some monsters. Some games are more like a virtual reality…. more and more developers think about emotions, purpose, feelings, meanings, humour, learning, socialization… they are able to use  completly new ways of storytelling… and of course you can`t beat interactivity…

… many out there are laughing right now about the second life hype…. but they probably don`t think about the time when these “virtual life” graphics, 3D effects et cetera get really really good. When they are on a level of a movie production, where you never know if this scene was shot real on location or just a 3D animation…
Multiplayer games are already a huge success…. but the graphics are still quite poor…

But there is a second important point that the video of Michael Highland reminds me of…
Game developers have a tremendous responsibility in the future… “brainwashing” was never as easy. If you don`t know what I mean, watch the video of Michael Highland.


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