This year as well the prestigious Game Developers Conference (GDC) was held between March 17 and 21 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, California. It was the 28th GDC held in a row. There were around 24,000 professional video game developers who participated in this Conference for learning, sharing, and networking with the other attendees having a video gaming background.
GDC has come a long way since its humble beginning in 1987 by the game designer Chris Crawford in his living room. At the 2014 GDC, a lot of discussions were held regarding the future of gaming. Some important announcements were also made including Google soon to be releasing a number of new game development tools and game gift codes for Google Play Games and such other Google products.
In this article, we have tried to provide a peek through regarding the current state of the gaming industry and what new is going to come.
Virtual Reality is the In-thing
There were no surprises involved in Sony’s announcement of the virtual reality headset – Project Morpheus at GDC 2014. According to industry experts, it was a planned one. Codenamed the Oculus Rift, a PC-compatible head mounted display was also showcased in this event strengthening the fact that consumer-based virtual reality will dominate the technological conversation in the future.
Sony knew very well that the failure of 3D television has left a wide gap for some new technological invention to inhabit the market. The concept of virtual reality-based headsets helps people come closer to “presence” as we play different video games.
As far as Microsoft is concerned, well this company did not present anything new at this event; however the fact that Microsoft has employed Jaron Lanier, the man who popularized the concept of “virtual reality” in the 1980s, makes us believe that within a few months perhaps we will be seeing some new game development tools and applications from the software giant.
Democratization of Game-Making will Continue
At this year’s GDC we came to know that GameMaker: Studio is now supporting PlayStation4, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3. GameMaker: Studio is an easy-to-use software among all the video creation tools released till date.
There was another announcement that Unreal Engine which is high-powered and notably costly game-making software is now available as a subscription model. According to GDC, Unreal Engine 4 is available for only $19 a month.
There is No Singular Future for Games
All different types of games that have so been invented come under the single roof of “video games”. Video gaming is a technology, an art, and a sport. That is why we get to see a wide range of games starting from the storytelling games to sport games such as Clash of Clans.
A number of video games won awards at the 2014 Game Developers Conference including the Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us won the Best Game at the Game Developers’ Choice awards and the Papers, Please won four awards at GDC.
At this event, GDC attendees also learned about the plan, execution, and monetization strategies of popular free-to-play game development like Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans. Also, Vlambeer, an indie team managed by two men who came from Utrecht, announced that its game “Lufrausers”, sold for a one-time payment on PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita during GDC reaped profit after just three days.
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