A few years ago, the biggest shake up in the gaming world was the fact GTA V was about to hit the shelves. Or the fact the PlayStation 4 was coming out. Or perhaps the fact prize money at eSports tournaments was becoming massive. None of this is too exciting, though. Not really.
After all, these announcements did for gaming what the iPhone 7 did for the iPhone; not much except garner a rapturous applause aimed at their marketing abilities.
However, the gaming world is on the verge of something massive - truly massive - something that could shake up the industry in the biggest way possible, and it only has two letters: VR.
Virtual Reality is the next big thing, and that has been proved by its evolution away from being a niche and into the mainstream of so many industries. But none more so than the gaming world. That is because the main aim of VR is to eliminate as much of the real world as possible, meaning it tries to totally eliminate life from your sensory experiences, replacing this with a virtual one instead.
So, how could it change the gaming world?
It Makes The Impossible Possible
The thing with gaming up to this point is that it works by showing you things. What VR will do, and does, is drops you into a scene. It allows the player to experience things from perspectives that would have previously been limited to the imagination. Let’s take something radically unlikely, the kind of thing you would find on this anime site, such as the story of Sawa. She’s an orphan, school girl, and assassin that is seeking revenge for her father’s death. Now, experiencing that story would be impossible in the real-world, but not in VR. It puts us in the pumps of the protagonist and thus we get to live their experiences.
The Protagonist Is Imperative
This is where things will get much more interesting, especially at the development stage, especially with the writers. At the moment, in gaming, you can get away with being a little safe with your characters. In VR, however, you will need to create someone the player can actually get interested in. Even if they are wildly different from us, by being interesting, we are interested in them and that is what will have us coming back for more and more and more. Watching a game on a screen is very limited, but being in a place, as the protagonist, able to look at what is around is a whole new level of experience. You can see events differently, and that is something that is going to peak a gamer’s interest.
A Heightened Sense Of Emotion
This is another area where the gaming experience can be lifted to new levels of awesomeness. It is very hard to feel any form of emotion toward a screen. But being able to experience what is around them, what is happening, that sense of depth and closeness, now that is what can make you empathize and that is something that gaming needs to aim for. Flat-screen gaming can ask certain questions of morality when it gives you a choice of outcomes, and it can make you feel guilty. But VR can take that further and give you a sense of responsibility that hasn’t been achieved yet. That is the most exciting part of this whole movement.
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