The boom of mobile gaming has proved the new era of mobile games with a great number of players worldwide. Especially, advanced technologies behind Augmented Reality Games will create even more exciting mobile games. This article will cover how these technologies have changed the gaming industry.
1. Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence has been widely adopted and greatly influenced the gaming industry. Artificial intelligence can be applied in many different ways in a game, but it is mainly divided into two main categories: (1) Artificial Intelligence for the characters that takes control over the action and behaviour of an in-game characters (normally the opponents or teammates), and (2) Artificial Intelligence for the gaming world which controls all non-player characters in the game. The latter is often used in highly intellectual games such as chess, gomoku in which objects do not work individually.
In the digital age, a variety of technological advances are supporting Artificial Intelligence, providing an ever-evolving environment in which virtual characters can show human behavior and intelligence. Instead of pre-configured scenarios, AI can help game developers build up environments and create personalized scenarios and challenges depending on each player.
2. Blockchain technology
When it comes to the success of Game and blockchain combination, it would be a miss to not mention CryptoKitties. With a record of 14,000 active users per day, it succeeded in paralyzing Ethereum. As of April 30, the total transaction volume is recorded at 43,067.04 ETH, equivalent to $32 million. From the perspective of regular video game players, CryptoKitties is not really a "game", but a novelty which is given by blockchain. So what blockchain can bring to your games?
The answer is that the Blockchain platform can enhance the transparency of the game mechanism. The key mechanism is put into the blockchain so that all the rules and some certain things such as the reward rate from the treasure chest, the rarity of the weapon, the actual progress made by the developers are publicly visible to all the players.
An issue that traditional games often encounter is the loss of virtual money earned by players during the game. This money can be used to purchase items with low and medium values. Due to the management loopholes, crime in the gaming world is increasing. High-ranked accounts with various rare items have been stolen, a great number of accounts have been attacked via virus links. In addition, the server bugs can also cause the loss of virtual property, forcing the publishers to compensate for the damage, thus resulting in revenue loss.
However, the adoption of Blockchain in the Gaming industry can solve this problem. Instead of the game developers, it is now the gamers that will hold the ownership over their virtual property. Transaction and ownership details are immutable on Blockchain, yet not publicly accessible for the privacy of the players, so stealing users’ information is no longer a concern.
3. Augmented Reality Games
Augmented Reality Games has blown a new wind into the gaming industry, and AR technology has created a new way of playing game, which is completely different from the conventional ones. According to Infoholic Research, the “AR Gaming Market” is expected to reach $284.93 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 152.7% during the forecast period 2017–2023. There is a increasingly great number of Augmented Reality Games with the innovation of content, making the players extremely excited. When it comes to recent trendy games, it would be a miss to not mention ARhunter, the gaming project developed by VBAEMU with brilliant content and advanced technologies.
ARhunter is one of the few Augmented Reality Games that have successfully implemented the state-of-the-art technological convergence: AR technology, Blockchain, Smart Contract, AI and Big Data. ARHunter is a treasure-hunting game in a scanned space. Treasure creators can be the event organizers who wish to promote their events or products, while the main players are the customers who will hunt the treasure to receive rewards in VBA coin. VBA coin will be a sustainable digital currency with high value after being widely listed on the large cryptocurrency exchanges as well as be commonly used in the game ecosystem developed by VBA or even other external games.
ARhunter is relatively widely applicable. It can bring both entertainment and business profits for enterprises and event organizers to promote their products through in-game challenges and missions. This will be the new form of marketing that can resolve the long-lasting communication problem.
In a nutshell,
The social development is always followed by the convenience. Gaming industry should be developed in the direction of enjoyment and entertainment. Some nostalgic people might advocate the classic games. However, the majority will go for the modern gaming industry, especially the Augmented Reality Games.