It seems that more and more these days the electronic games we play are becoming too real. And of course that is the purpose of gaming programmers who work to help suspend your belief system and enter the game as if you were actually in it. It’s not easy to do that, but anyone who has ever played a video game, computer game, or played in online gaming communities knows it is very easy to get so caught up in the game that you forget the real world.
Perhaps, it is this escapism and altered reality that finds humans so fascinated with such activity. What if I told you there is a way, or there might be a way in the very near future to up your gaming experience, capturing the essence of the sounds and vibrations around you while you are playing? Indeed that sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Well, I believe that day is nearly upon us.
There was an interesting article recently in the Wall Street Journal on May 6, 2011. The article was titled “Gyrating at a Theater Near You: D-Box’s Moving Movie Seats” by Michelle Kung. The article had a picture of a captain’s chair style movie seat, which could thrust forward, move backwards, or produce a sensation which would make the person sitting in the seat feel as if they were falling, in case a main character in the movie was jumping off a cliff or something of that nature.
Such a movie seat might be great for 3-D movies, or IMAX theaters, which apparently is the intended purpose of this new technology. However, it is my opinion that this particular type of seat would be excellent for anyone who was sitting in their living room and enjoying augmented reality gaming on a computer or the television, or both. In fact, I fully expect that in the future there will be more augmented reality features and equipment going along with the gaming sector.
It would be terrific for World of Warcraft or other such games, where the operator would feel the explosions as the seat vibrated, or if the gamer was firing some sort of weapon, the seat would vibrate as if they were holding onto a 50 caliber machine gun. Interestingly enough, many of the simulators for the trucking industry, the military, and the aviation sector have seats which are completely integrated into a simulator’s computer system.
If you have any comments, questions, and/or concerns regarding the future of augmented reality gaming in your living room, please shoot me an e-mail, and let’s talk.