Digital technology has had an active hand in disrupting practically every industry in modern society – especially the entertainment industry. Gaming, for example, has always been wired around a sense of accomplishment (even if it is only in the virtual space). To find out what makes games so successful (or failures, depending on the game in question), there needs to be a level of innate understanding about what makes the game appealing to its players. Ask any gamer, and you are likely to get a similar response to the question: the appeal in gaming is immersing yourself into the experience of playing the game. Few gamers care about complicated parts of gaming or promoting games, like how a game is created or application packaging.
The games that fail to ignite a sense of accomplishment or investment are the games that tend to ultimately fail in the market. For a while it seemed like gaming had reached its peak, and it was simply down to figuring out new ways to make the same patterns and goals exciting again. Digital technology, however, is changing the nature of gaming entirely.
Thanks in no small part to digital technology, gaming is going through a transitory stage which is more than likely to elevate the industry to new peaks. Similar revolutionary movies have been made in the tech sector before, including the dawn of the broadband internet era and the introduction of Apple’s first iPhone. The concept of Virtual Reality (VR) is the next evolution in video gaming, brought to the market by the advancements of digital technology, and bringing it to life is the challenge that game makers are faced with currently. The revolution that is VR is both new and exhilarating for gamers the world over, and it is not difficult to see why, all things considered. At its core, VR is a brilliantly vibrant extension of digital technology, and it is this extension that is shaking up the gaming world and turning it on its head.
In short, VR is the epitome of the concept of immersing a player into a digital landscape. By putting on the Virtual Reality headset, a player finds themselves seemingly literally immersed in an entirely new world. The exhilaration kicks in, and the game begins. VR games are centred around first creating a digital plain and then seemingly “dropping” players into that plain, effectively allowing them to be a part of something entirely new and relatively exclusive. VR is proving its potential as a mainstream aspect of digital interface, and it already holds a lot of promise for the future of video gaming. The gaming sector is always striving to elevate itself, to heighten its position in an increasingly modernising world. We live in a world where connection and elevation are highly valued, and Virtual Reality has perfectly epitomised both ideals into a neat little package (even if that package is still a little rough around the edges).
As with all technological advancements, VR has come with its challenges, the biggest being the disorientation that gamers feel when first putting on the headset and seemingly stepping into an entirely new universe. It is one thing to control a video game with your hands, looking at it through a screen, but it is another thing entirely to feel like you have quite literally been dropped into a new universe that you must figure out how to navigate. It can be somewhat of a small electrical shock to the system to realise that this world you are walking around in, that you are exploring, is not real. Designed to mimic and feel undoubtedly real, it is almost a conscious effort to remind oneself that you are simply a player in a digital universe, creating using code and colour to feel like an alternate universe, where you are a key visionary.
In introducing VR to the game (literally and figuratively), digital technology successfully cements its value to the industry. While the technology is still very much in its initial stages of development and market introduction, there is much to be said about the excitement even these early innovations of the digital tech are inciting on gamers from all around the world. The video gaming sector is one that has been ripe for an exciting revolutionary movement for a while now, and it seems as it has finally been delivered in the form of the latest innovation of digital technology, Virtual Reality. In a world where we find ourselves always grasping for more, to be more connected, then the brilliance of VR is a home run, a victorious collaborative effort from the likes of the video gaming industry and digital technology. The most exciting part? Virtual Reality is still new – we have only just begun to scrape the surface of what is possible with this brilliant feat of digital technology. It is a very exciting time for the gaming industry, those behind the video games, and gamers alike.