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What will the future of gaming look like?. State of Art Technology Advances Devices & Displays User interfaces Haptics/Feedback Handheld convergence Consoles Mobile Gaming Continuous play Find me/follow me Other PC, Arcades, Theme parks, Education, Training, etc. New Gaming Consoles.

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What will the future of gaming look like?

  • State of Art

  • Technology Advances

    • Devices & Displays

    • User interfaces

    • Haptics/Feedback

    • Handheld convergence

  • Consoles

  • Mobile Gaming

    • Continuous play

    • Find me/follow me

  • Other

    • PC, Arcades, Theme parks, Education, Training, etc.


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New Gaming Consoles

  • Xbox 360

  • Sony Playstation 3

    • 2 TFLOPS

    • Demo 1

    • Demo 2

  • Nintendo Revolution


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New Entertainment Consoles

  • Xbox 360

  • Sony Playstation 3

    • DVD

    • Internet/Communities

    • HD Video

    • Surround Audio

    • Disk/DVR

  • Micro-transactions


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Driving Forces: Technology

  • 3D perf doubling every year

    • Movie quality: 4.8BT/s

    • Global illumination, subsurface scattering, shadows, photon tracing

  • Speech recognition

    • $22.6 billion in 2003

  • Beyond WIMP

    • Natural language, gestures, expressions, words

  • Wild Cards:

    • Quantum computers

    • Photon computers

    • Nanotechnology

  • Worldwide internet 2004 @12.5% (800M)


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Hardware:Networked World

PROs:

  • Broadband: 20% US, 70% Korea

    • 4x game expendatures

  • Wireless games $50-100k vs. $5-10M

  • RFIDs

  • GPS

  • Networked home

CONs: (E-S-A STUDY)

  • Overwhelming preference pc’s vs consoles for online gaming

  • Growth in online gaming is relatively flat

  • Favorite genres are puzzle, board and trivia…not action

  • Less than 8 percent are paying to play online.


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Hardware:Displays

  • LCD, Plasma

  • StereoScopic:

    • Sharp $1500

    • SeeReal -> $500

  • Cinefourtheaters in Logan, Utah has midnight Xbox. Teams of four play against each other on the theater's huge screens

  • OLEDs

  • HMDs


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Hardware:User Interfaces

  • “We believe [user interface] advances—improving the way a player connects to his game—are at least as vital as enhanced on screen graphics because they make games play better—not just look better.”-Nintendo Executive VP Reggie Fils-Aime


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Hardware:Haptics and Force Feedback

hap·tic ('hap-tik)adj. Of or relating to the sense of touch; tactile.

  • Phantom

  • Cybergrasp

  • Flight-force Joystick

  • Cell-phone haptics

    • SMS: high-frequency high-five slap , low-frequency belly laugh

    • screen tactile feedback

  • Psychophysics study subjective perceptual dimension


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Hardware:Wearable Internet Appliances

  • Vanderbilt's Anesthesiologists

  • Call center

  • Maintenance

  • NASA’s WARP


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Hardware:Handhelds

  • Convergence

    • Dual Screens

    • Chat, SMS

    • Touch Screen

    • Wireless

    • Voice Recognition

    • MP3, Video

    • GPS

    • Telephone

  • Convergence is nice, but….


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Hardware:Caveat: The IronPhone

Just because we can doesn’t mean we should!!

  • What technologies belong together?

  • Content transportability?

    • Timex DOOM?


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State of the Industry

  • $11B US Industry…

  • This is a problem?

  • Yes…Market is currently relatively flat!!!!

  • Why????????

  • Who is the customer?


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Customer

  • Pays $20-70 for 20-40hrs entertainment ($1-$2/hr)

  • Under 18: 34% PC, 45% console

    • 90% adult purchased

  • Average 28 y.o., (27 female)

  • 43% female

  • 5 out of 7 dollars is on console gaming

  • 20M Xbox, 80M PS2

  • How many Xbox 360s does MS want to sell?

  • …………1 BILLION!


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Gaming FutureWhere are we heading?

  • How does game industry expand?

    • Better games for hardcore gamers

    • Reach the Casual Gamer!!!

  • How?

    • Better Graphics….DONE!

    • Expand hardcore gamer communities/marketplace

    • Expand gaming market through new game paradigms…beyond the console

    • Reach the Casual Gamer (via new consoles)

      • Create emotional bond

      • More variety of games

      • Better/simpler interfaces


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Expanding Hardcore Market:Consumers as Producers as Consumers…

  • Game Mods

    • Consumers modify game

  • Virtual Properties

    • Build, buy, sell…some professionals

    • $200M+++

  • Professional Gamers

    • 3 channels, big $$

  • Advertising & Commerce

    • Order pizza while playing

  • Cross Media

    • Which came first, the video game or the movie?


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New Paradigms:Ubiquitous Gaming

  • convergence of sensing, computing and digital communications

  • embedded computer technology to support users’ activities wherever and whenever it is needed

    Examples:

  • Environment-aware

    • Location, context, bio

  • VR,AR,MR

  • Pervasive Games

    • always available


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Ubiquitous Gaming:Environment Aware

  • Location

    • Pirates!-

    • Uncle Roy All Around You

    • The Go Game – corporate training

  • Body Sensing

    • EyeToy

  • Bio-feedback

    • The Journey to Wild Divine

  • User information: skill, specifications, etc.

  • Experimental: SIGGRAPH Interactive Theater


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Ubiquitous Gaming:Augmented Reality

  • HMD, Tracking, Power, Haptics, Digital “flats”

  • Current Uses:

    • NFL 1st down marker

    • Night-vision obstacles

  • Who could use this?

    • Service/Repair

    • Tourists

    • Soldiers

  • Holodeck?

    • USC & Army -> $100M Institute of Creative Technology. Richard Lindheim (UPN Star Trek)

  • Gaming

    • AR Quake –Wearable Computer Lab, U. of South Australia


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Ubiquitous Gaming:Pervasive Games

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Ubiquitous Gaming:Pervasive Games

  • played continuously even if intertwined with daily activities such as working or sleeping

  • variety of channels to reach the players: Internet, press, radio, email, phone and TV

  • Pervasive games need to facilitate communication and creativity to their audience

    Examples

  • Assassin – no computer required, only a hand!

  • Nokia Game – 600,000 in 28 countries

  • Botfighters

  • Majestic


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Casual Gamer:How to reach them?

  • Different games

    • Emotional bond

    • Eliminate negatives (difficulty, violence, stress, etc.)

      • Katamari Damacy, Eye-toy Groove

  • Less investment required

    • ‘Inter’-tainment—action occupying short bursts of time between other activities

    • Less ramp-up


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Dumb down/Eliminate controller

  • Nintendo Revolution Controller

    • 3D Pointing. Sensors for up, down, left, right, forward, backward.

    • Tilt Sensitive. Controller can be rotated or rolled from side-to-side.

    • Buttons Included. Has a trigger on its backside, face buttons, and a D-Pad.

    • Multifunctional. Has an expansion port which can be used with different types of controller peripherals. Analog stick with two trigger buttons for left hand.

    • Wireless.

    • Rumble Built-in.

  • Playstation Eye-toy

    • Demo


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Quotes from the Industry:Where are we heading?

  • “Absence from cyberspace has a cost.” - Michael Benedickt, Cyberspace, First Steps

  • "It means that for a persistent game, you really can just pick up and play anywhere..”- Dominic Mallinson, director of R&D for Sony Computer Entertainment

  • “.. in the world of financial gaming, being off-line – even for a few minutes – can have enormous consequences. This is the harbinger of the gaming environments to come. Gaming is about to extend into everyday life, continuously and deeply; each of us will find the kind of challenge that suits us best - and engage a far-flung but ever-present community of players.” – Mark Pesche, VRML inventor