David Kirkpatrick

February 9, 2010

Pervasive games — gaming’s future?

Maybe so. Between the revolutionary Wii system, the coming-soon no controller gestural game control and crazy proliferation of smartphone gaming apps, the gaming industry is just massive.

Looks like pervasive games may be the next big thing.

From the link:

Instead, the most exciting developments are coming from the world of mobile phones or other sensor networks where engineers are testing a new generation of games that can be played anywhere there is a mobile phone or wireless network. These games are location aware, involve multiple players, rapid physical activity and Wii-like gesturing.

So-called pervasive games generate an entirely new set of challenges–and not just for the people who play them. They must work with multiple types of input-an iPhone must be able to play against a Nexus One. They involve many players communicating rapidly, so these devices need to synchronise with each other.

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