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Published on April 30th, 2021 | by Bibhuranjan

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Redefining Game Design: How Technology Is Changing the Gaming Industry

The gaming industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, surpassing the film industry in terms of growth. How is it possible? What is the value of this industry? The gaming industry is estimated to generate a revenue of $150 billion this year. Today, the gaming industry is twice as big as the music and film industry combined. The reason for this is the expansion of all aspects of technology, for example, the expansion of smartphones that have made it possible to play modern mobile games. Given that this industry is based on creativity, there are no boundaries. All this is possible thanks to technology. In the last 50 years, we have come a long way! Here are some examples of how rapid advances in technology are affecting the gaming industry.

Artificial Intelligence

The rise of artificial intelligence has various side effects, as many are finding ways to implement this technology in various aspects of life. One of the least anticipated applications is the one happening in the field of video games, as enthusiasts have discovered that machine learning is a great tool for fixing graphics in older video games. The technique used is known as “AI upscaling,” and it works by giving the algorithm a high-resolution image, transforming it into content that looks the same, only with more pixels. The technique has been used for a long time, but the implementation of artificial intelligence has enabled the process to be significantly accelerated, and the results to be better. Thus, the graphics of a video game can be improved in just a few weeks, which requires only one dedicated worker, which is a significant improvement over previous methods that involved entire teams working on one game for several years.

Voice-controlled games and voice cloning

Today it is possible to communicate with other players in real-time through your device, but as technology, video games, and artificial intelligence evolve, so do the possibilities, for example, imagine that you can have a conversation with the characters in the game and influence the flow of the story with your voice. This is already possible in some games, but not completely. The process for creating a video game is really expensive and complicated, technology advancement introduced us to some spectacular new things, like voice cloning, which greatly reduces the cost of making a video game.

Virtual Reality

VR or Virtual Reality basically uses computer technology to simulate the environment. Unlike traditional interfaces, VR places the user within the system itself and provides him with as realistic an experience as possible. Instead of, by default, looking at a computer screen, users with the help of VR glasses have the opportunity to interact with the virtual world because they get the feeling that they are just in it. Some of the first attempts to introduce VR technology into the world of video games took place in the early 1990s when Sega introduced its system. However, this and similar systems remained at the prototype level, as appropriate technology was not yet available. In recent years, technology has advanced and the conditions were created for a sufficiently high-quality experience of “reality” in VR.

Mobile games

Many games are designed for mobile devices, such as smartphones. Mobile games range from basic (like Snake on older Nokia phones) to sophisticated (3D and augmented reality games). Today’s mobile phones – especially smartphones – are so advanced that it’s possible to play the same games as on a computer, every modern phone has technologies that enable multiplayer games in real-time which brings incredible fun.

Graphics

The first games, looking from this point of view, had horrible graphics. These were mostly two-dimensional games that did not offer many opportunities for entertainment. With the advent of 3D technology, games began to look like the real world. Before processors and graphics processors became powerful, it was not possible to make games that looked more complex, only in the mid-1990s did graphics processors advance and be used exclusively for image processing. Today, the development of 3D graphics has made it possible to build realistic textures in games. creating complex interactions between objects in the game. In the future, the games will be even more realistic and allow players to immerse themselves in their favorite video game and fully identify with the protagonists.

Professional gaming

E-sport aspires to become an Olympic sport. The prize budgets at world tournaments in professional gaming far exceed the budgets of Wimbledon or participation in the Champions League. And that possibility additionally sparks the imagination of players to spend more time playing games, in this case training, because that way they can become famous and well paid for today’s conditions. People no longer look at playing the game only from the point of view of fun but as an opportunity to find a way to their future profession.


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Bibhuranjan

Editorial Officer, technofaq.org I'm an avid tech enthusiast at heart. I like to mug up on new and exciting developments on science and tech and have a deep love for PC gaming. Other hobbies include writing blog posts, music and DIY projects.



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