The gaming industry is becoming more and more innovative.
by Stanley P, Carrybeans
The gaming industry has been growing fast and more competitive lately. In 2017 alone, the industry’s revenue was USD 116 billion with the numbers expected to grow in the future. Developers now have to stand out in order to get a piece of the billion-dollar pie and as technology advances, just a simple game of Tetris (or susun bata as my mother would call it) won’t cut it anymore. So, in order to do that, they have to create something unique and outstanding so that gamers will be interested in their product.
Over the years, developers have created some pretty interesting stuff and here are some of them:
Do you remember playing with cardboard boxes when you are little? Now, you can relive your childhood memories thanks to Nintendo Labo. Announced in January 2018, Nintendo Labo has many gamers thrilled. The basic design of it is that you create your own gaming apparel using pre-cut cardboard boxes.
Through Nintendo Labo, you can become a robot, play a piano and build a cardboard remote-controlled card. Besides that, you can DIY your own creations thanks to the built-in software that let you build your own customised toys, such as guitar and vending machine. This is a great way to introduce kids (and adults alike) to programming and build an interest in it.
In fact, you can even make your own band using Nintendo Labo, which Ariana Grande shows here:
Credit: Greig Reekie
Long gone the days where playing video games equals to lazying on the couch for the whole day. While there are numerous fitness games (or exergames) prior to Wii Fit, the game is definitely among the top with a total of 43.8 million copies sold (including its repackaged version, Wii Fit Plus).
The game uses a platform called Wii Balance Board which can be used to check your weight (and subsequently, your BMI as well) and your centre of balance. The board also acts as a “joystick” as it is used for the in-game activities such as yoga and strength training. Wii Fit is so popular that it is also being used for physiotherapy for kids and exercise for the elderly.
Imagine playing your games in 3D! While 3D is not a game per se (it’s actually a gaming console), it is still something worth mentioning. Despite better technologies to immerse yourself in your games nowadays (virtual reality, anyone?), 3DS causes a frenzy at the initial announcement because there are not many games that can be played in 3D at that time.
Prior to 3DS, games that want to show 3D effects requires accessories, such as the 3D glasses. However, no accessories are required to play 3DS games because it uses something called a parallax barrier to produce the 3D effect.
Unfortunately, not all 3DS games support 3D functionality. However, if you’re interested in playing those with great 3D effect, check out Super Mario 3D Land, Bravely Default and Animal Crossing New Leaf.
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