Ever since its conception, gaming has made remarkable leaps and strides. Have you seen the new innovations on sites like Royal Vegas casino? Especially during the last decade or so, there have been countless technical improvements and advances (like artificial intelligence, emergent storytelling, and 4K visuals) that continue to amaze and astound us.
These advances are so astonishing that we cannot wait to see what happens in the future. But, before that happens, join us on a trip down memory lane where we discuss the three best gaming innovations (in our opinion) that have taken place in the past decade.
Open World Game Design
Yes, there were open world games before 2017. But the era of Witcher, Skyrim, Saints Row, Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed, and some of the Grand Theft Auto games has changed our concept of design significantly. Zelda: Breath of the Wild is also worthy of note because of its spatial composition.
We went from very prescriptive linear experiences to playful experimental spaces that wow even those who are not into gaming. This has encouraged players from the world over to be more creative, curious, collaborative, and adventurous. And for those of us who love gaming, it has been an amazing evolution to watch.
The Independent Games Community and its euphoric rise
Before we had Broadband, it was challenging (to say the least) for small teams to get their little gaming projects seen by the gaming masses. But, with the advent of Steam, Itch.io, the App Store, and Xbox Live, a global audience for these types of productions was created.
Around the same time, we saw gaming become more academic. For instance, colleges were offering courses like Game Design Mastery to its students. Further, we also saw free or cheap tools like Twine, Game Maker, and Unity on the market. All these advances gave lone designers and small studios the tools, skills, and support necessary to make strange, subjective, and brilliant games. From the deeply political to the extremely personal (you name it), we began to see it on the market.
Games like Braid, Fez, Dear Esther, Spelunky, Gone Home, Papers Please, and The Passage have changed the way that even the most insightful gamer thinks about games. They have broadened our vocabularies, culture, and our scope of interactive entertainment. And, to make things even better, none of this occurred at the expense of mainstream gaming. Gamers still get to enjoy their favorite titles like Hitman, Call of Duty, and Wolfenstein. No one took these toys away.
The Ever-changing Social Experience
With the advent of Broadband internet, we also got the chance to see the exponential growth of online multiplayer gaming. This experience soon overtook, in terms of popularity, both the LAN complexity of early 90s PC titles and the living room based experience of the traditional two-player console games.
In this new era, first-person shooting games flourished. But, that’s not all. We also saw extensions of the social experience, like in the Need for Speed titles, as well as the rise of anonymous collaboration in games like Journey.
With the arrival of this type of seamless matchmaking, friends lists, and huge online get-togethers, we got the chance to meet on virtual battlefields and simulated sports arenas to compete against one another. But, we also got the chance to chat and build new friendships as well. In this way, games became social spaces where we could express ourselves on a whole new level.
What other gaming advances do you think are worthy of note? We would love to hear what you have to say. So, don’t be afraid to share your thoughts in the comments below.