Multiplayer Games Get Real

?Rapid advancements in technology are likely to continue to expand to involve all five of our natural human senses in the multiplayer video games of tomorrow.

Given the recent huge rise in the popularity of online multiplayer video games today, many gaming fans are wondering what direction they will take in the future and what characteristics they might employ. According to what the game experts of today are predicting, the games of tomorrow will definitely be headed in increasingly socially oriented ways. Today’s gamers are no longer confined to playing against themselves as the recent proliferation of very popular multiplayer games online clearly shows. The very nature of the games themselves make it clear that the need for team mates or opponents will always be a factor, but the rapid advancements in gaming technology suggest that the multiplayer option will get even more popular and result in the emergence of teams and groups of players that compete together in, or against a particular game. The most optimistic among gaming fans now believe that newly created professional electronic gaming league games will emerge as the most popular type of games and one day they will keep millions of fans entertained.

The rapid advancements in the technology behind the games are also likely to continue to expand to involve all five of our natural human senses in order to compete successfully. Even though many current games now stimulate the senses of sight, hearing, and feeling, the games of the future will likely also allow players to taste and smell their favorite games. Experts are also predicting that big changes in the basic hardware will result in new hardware devices that will go far beyond the standard view screen and speakers used today and allow the games to stimulate our other senses too. When a new type of display device is finally invented to replace the monitors and TV screens currently in use it will provide new levels of realism that may attract so many more consumers to the electronic gaming of tomorrow that electronic gaming may even compete with the film industry some day.

New graphics display technologies will eventually set the stage for revolutionary changes in visual display that will allows players to perceive real-time 3D images without the use of glasses and help players to interact with 3D video game characters in entire 3D environments. This means future gamers will not only be able to see and hear explosions in their games, but that they will also be able to feel the shock waves too thanks to audio devices for games that will transmit sounds through the skin. Plans are already in process to utilize the sense of smell in future games with peripheral devices that emit naturally-based vapors into a user’s personal space and take multiplayer games to the upper levels of immersion and realism. Integrating the sense of taste into future games could be the biggest hurdle though, as no one knows just yet how to bring tastes into a virtual world of sight, sounds and smells.

More problems may arise when future gaming systems become so realistic and interactive that the representation of nudity and violence may begin to become a societal concern that creates controversy and moral questions. When players are able to participate in multiplayer scenarios that accurately simulate questionable acts like robbing banks, sex, gunfights and other violent or adult-rated fantasies, it will almost certainly create a whole new set of hurdles for the online multiplayer video gaming industry to jump over. The realism of future gaming platforms and the moral questions they might create are also likely to prompt more government regulations in the future of the multiplayer games too. The only thing that seems like it could be a constant in the future of modern video games is that they will likely to continue to get far more realistic than they are today.