It seems that the true aim of video games in this modern era, the ultimate goal, is to achieve a completely immersive experience. Think of the last game you played. If it was developed and released this past decade, there is a good chance that it can be thought of as a playable cinematic experience. The visuals are all hyper-real, with completely realistic shading, environmental response, and accurate renderings of human (or alien) movement. The world of gaming is slowly becoming an analogue of our world that we have complete control over. Sure, this might not have been entirely what video games set out to be. They might have been thought of, originally, as fun little distractions from everyday life. They certainly still hold that distinction, yes, but the reality is that we are getting more and more advanced with the way video games not only tell as story but allow you to have a say in how it ends.
As it stands, video games can and often do recreate the very basic aspects of everyday life. There are simulators for dancing, eating, clothing, fighting, playing music, and virtually anything that you could ever wish to do in the physical realm. As well, you might expect that video games will soon embrace social media, as consoles such as the Nintendo Wii promote a social gaming experience. You would be right. Facebook and other social networks have a presence in the gaming world, sure. However, a familiar face is likely to change the game for the better. With the release of “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception,” we will see a video game integration with Facebook and YouTube the likes of which have never been seen before. For more information on this move, please visit USA Today.