The Future of Video Games

Games-Next-Next-GenerationVideo games have come a long way in the past twenty years. Considering where they may be in the next twenty. At the DICE summit last week, the industry greats discussed what the future of gaming might be. A particularly interesting conversation surfaced between Mark Cerny and Eugene Jarvis about whether the current time period is a renaissance of gaming or whether we are stuck re-creating the same kinds of games over and over again.

Cerny (architect of PlayStation 4) and Jarvis (creator of Defender, Robotron 2084, and Smash TV) covered various topics like how mobile gaming has changed the environment, development costs, and VR headsets among other things. The conversations throughout the DICE summit centered on where gaming is going in the future and there are many things to consider.

Are we at risk of making games too realistic? As hardware technology improves games are becoming increasingly immersive. The suspension of disbelief has reached new heights, as game environments are more developed and realistic. Beyond that, the representation of humans has become very advanced. They are getting to the point where human characters in games have unpredictable behaviors or can seemingly interact and respond to you. The future in this respect is letting you touch and engage with what you see on the screen via goggles and advanced censors. It may take many years, but that type of immersive future is possible.

Virtual Reality (VR) technology has come quite a long way in recent years. The future includes being about to design your own world and it will start to feel more and more like you are having first person experiences in this would you have created or inhabit. The only caution as games continue to develop in this way is that people will become addicted or disillusioned about where reality begins and ends. However, the future of VR may end up assisting in solving the world problems if utilized correctly.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Video Game and Media Page


Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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