Pokémon Go is Setting the Standards for Next-Gen Gaming

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In the world of mobile gaming, the most popular game today is obviously Pokémon Go. Now that developers have witnessed how people have reacted to the game, more game creators will surely pattern their future titles on Satoshi Tajiri’s magnum opus.

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One of Pokémon Go’s most obvious spinoff is the Night Terrors augmented reality game, which is a title that targets horror fans. It uses the same augmented reality concept of Pokémon Go, with the only difference that instead of searching for cute Pokémons, players are met with ghostly images and eerily spooky sounds. If that isn’t terrifying enough, the game also interferes with a phone’s operating system by sending frightening texts and ghastly pictures. The game play takes place at home, after dark, accompanied by headphones, which means it’s ideal for all horror fans out there.

Aside from the many spinoffs, Pokémon Go has opened the floodgates to advancements in gaming in the sense that developers are now creating a new imaging technique called “Interactive Dynamic Video (IDV),” which is a sort of “Augmented Reality Version 2.” IDV promises players interactive objects based on a real setting. It captures pictures of real objects and turns them into video simulations in order for people to be able to interact with 3D models. In short, IDV allows real-world objects to be turned into interactive 3D objects.

Imagine an RPG where you’re physically a part of it. That’s IDV.

Though it’s somewhat common for 3D models to be moving, it is still difficult to make these fictional characters interact with real people. As such, the IDV, if successful, will be considered both a gaming and scientific breakthrough.

In the last decade and a half, one of the most notable breakthroughs in gaming is 3D, which allowed characters to be seen from all angles instead of viewing them only from one side. 3D technology allowed the remake of classics such as Mario and Metroid, both of which have their own 3D versions on the Nintendo Game Cube.

The original PlayStation also gave birth to 3D versions of classics such as Metal Gear and the Grand Theft Auto. Online, 3D also benefited not only in mainstream console games but niche genres as well such as slot games. The popular game Pixies of the Forest was one of the first few titles created by IGT that featured magical characters popping out of the slot reels thanks to 3D. With the creation of IDV, it’s farfetched to imagine the possibility of such a title being reborn once more in this new format.

With the new imaging technique that is IDV, game developers would be able to create games without spending too much. After all, they would only need to use a smartphone’s built-in sensors to incorporate IDV into games.

It’s an exciting prospect to think about the kind of games that could well be at the forefront of the IDV tech boom. And it’s all thanks to Pokémon Go’s unique mechanics that the world can now expect a new breed of games.

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25 thoughts on “Pokémon Go is Setting the Standards for Next-Gen Gaming”

    1. I really like the Pokemon Go concept. I don’t play it myself just because I have the strongest feeling that I’ll become addicted to it, and I can’t have that at this point. I just think that there should be more thoughts put into the game to make it safer for players, and to prevent players who are too young to play it. As for the horror one, it sounds awesome, but that’s just me.

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    1. I know, right? It’s very exciting to wonder how games will be played in the future. Perhaps it’ll be like the Matrix or something. Oooooh. Scary ~
      Oh my gosh. Same here. I still have my old Gameboy Advance and I play Pokemon there. 2 games that still work, anyway. As for Pokemon Go, I’m resisting playing it as for now because I have a feeling that I’ll become addicted to it. Which version are you playing on your DS?

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  1. Technology is expanding. As we move forward to the future, it will also affect the way we video games. Pokemon Go is a different kind of game. In order to play it, it involves actual movements. I think this will lead to future gaming. I heard at E3 they will be doing VR games.

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    1. VR is certainly an exciting possible stepping stone for the future of gaming. It makes me sad a little because I grew up with Pokemon on that huge Gameboy console when I was a kid. Now all you need to do is download it on your phone and voila, you can play immediately. I’m resisting downloading Pokemon Go right now becuase I know that I’ll get addicted to it. But I’ll never say never. Nevertheless, VR and the concept of Pokemon Go is certainly very exciting to fans of the original games and series like us.

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      1. Yeah. Pokemon Go will probably be an example what we can do in future gaming. I never actually own Pokemon game until I got the DS. I remember when I had to pull out my device and play without needing my phone. If you do get Pokemon Go, be careful! Who knows what the future holds to playing video games. 🙂

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      2. Oh, I see. I played the Pokemon games in several Gameboy consoles. I was such a huge player when I was a kid. My friends would come over just to watch and cheer me on while I play. Ah, those were the good times. Now you play with complete stangers. And thanks! I’ll be careful if that happens.

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      3. Really? It must have been fun back then. I was one of the kids who didn’t played any of the original games on the gameboy. I just watched the anime and I collected the card games. I bet you kick butt all the time. Anytime Arria! If you do get the app, keep us updated on how many Pokemon you catch. I would love to hear your adventures. 🙂

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      4. No one can beat the mighty Captain Arria! 🙂
        Pokemon cards were like the baseball cards back in the day. No pressure on getting the app. You don’t need to join the trend to be cool or to have fun. You’re already doing that. 🙂

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    1. This just launched so we’ll see how it pans out. Perhaps this is just a trend that will die out eventually but if not, then the possibility is endless with VR. We’ll see how this goes.

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  2. Honestly, I find games developing this way anything but exciting. In terms of Go, it kinda removed everything I love about the games (primarily the story arcs running through each one, the battle system and attached levelling up, and the ability to chill at home with the game). I have no interest in going walking to play a game, not to mention that it’s simply not an option for me with three kids to look after, so augmented reality is just not something I can get behind.

    That said, I’m not opposed to the games. I really don’t get the hate aimed at Go players. If you enjoy it, and you’re not harming others or breaking laws by doing so, then go right ahead! People should be free to enjoy stuff like this without hassle. I’m just not interested myself.

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    1. I know, right? I grew up with all the original Pokemon games with Gameboy. Ah, the beauty of pixels. I loved the stories. So nostalgic.

      As for Pokemon Go, I’m resisting it at this moment because I have a feeling that I’ll get addicted to it. In addition, I’m a bit stingy so I don’t want to go over my data limit and I doubt that all the places I’ll go will have free wifi. But I personally like the idea of going outside and walking playing the game. It keeps one active. It’s just that many players become so engrossed that they don’t pay attention to their surroundings anymore, some even don’t care tresspassing on properties and stuff—these are how Pokemon Go gained its bad reputation. Perhaps there should be reserved arena or fields for Pokemon Go players only to make it safer or something like that. Anyway, thanks for dropping by. And do your kids play Pokemon Go?

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      1. The active side-effect is a good thing, especially for those that aren’t otherwise active. From my standpoint though, I don’t drive, so I walk most places anyway, and I do try to spend some time daily exercising and doing martial arts, so an increase in activity isn’t needed too much. I do think that people not paying attention is a danger that needs to be addressed though. I would hope that most do pay attention but there are always people who don’t. We’ve actually had to kick people out of out office for trying to get in to go pokemon hunting before now.
        My eldest plays, but uses her data up pretty quickly, my middle child doesn’t really like pokemon, and my youngest is too young to have a mobile, but enjoys playing Pokemon and Yokai Watch on her 2DS. Even were I into the game though, my eldest is at the age where to be seen with me in public would be embarrassing :p

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      2. Now that you say that, I can see why this game doesn’t appeal to you. But given the exposure it’s getting in the media worldwide, most of them bad, I guess that this game is here to stay but it has lots of room for improvement.

        Ahaha! Just like my brother. I didn’t really have that kind of phase where I didn’t want to be seen or shown affection in public with a parent.

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      3. I didn’t either, and I suspect the younger two won’t, but it’s not too unusual I think. I definitely agree that it’s hear to stay though, at least for now. There’s bound to be something that takes the spotlight from it eventually, but if they can add improvements as they go along, the game.will keep its appeal for many.

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      4. Well, if only they could keep the novelty of it going just like the original games, perhaps it’s here to stay for a long time. But it’s still in the early stages so we can’t be too sure. At least the original games have really awesome story lines.

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