phart010 1,585 Member · Posted October 29, 2019 Share Posted October 29, 2019 (edited) So video games pretty much started with Atari pong in 1972. This was paradigm 1, 2D-gaming. It started with bleep-blip sounds and the graphics processors required assistance from your imagination. Over the next two decades, 2D graphics improved, new genres emerged, and overall video games just got more fun until around 1993-1996-ish when we experienced what some call the “golden age of gaming” basically a period where it seemed that developers had mastered 2D video game making. Toward this time some 3D games were made, but 3D wasn’t really mainstreamed until the commercial release of Sega Saturn in 1994 (Sorry, I don’t consider PC to have been main stream back then). 1972-1994 was 22 years of 2D gaming. Some people say that first-gen 3D consoles did not age well. I would agree. That is because these systems were the Atari of the 3D paradigm. Each generation improved things until today, in which I feel we are in the second golden age of video gaming. This is the golden age of 3D games. 1994-2019.. we’ve been in this 3D gaming paradigm for 25 years.. I don’t know what the next paradigm of video gaming will be . We do see hints of potential in various technologies, but the new paradigm doesn’t seem to have solidified yet to reveal itself. Some ideas that seem to have been toyed with are: Augmented reality (AR): Nintendo dabbled in AR it on 3DS. TONS of iPhone/Android apps use AR. Microsoft did Xbox Kinect. Google is developing Google glasses and currently Microsoft is heavily invested in HoloLens. Virtual reality (VR): Oculus Rift kicked it off, Sony mainstreamed it, and Nintendo is toying with it on Labo. Socially interactive gaming: this was an interesting idea Nintendo brushed upon with 1-2 Switch. I feel they discovered a new concept to bridge the gap between gaming and real life, but they kinda didn’t go further with it. I could see something like this being expanded on. What do you think we are transitioning to next? Edited October 29, 2019 by phart010 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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