Developers integrated visual and audio game content in real time with users’ environment to create augmented reality gaming (AR gaming). AR gaming uses actual environments to create a playing field unlike virtual reality gaming, which often requires a confined area or separate room to create an immersive environment.
Another difference between VR and AR gaming is that the former requires specialized VR headsets. Only several AR gaming systems use these. Normally, AR games are played on devices like tablets, smartphones, and portable gaming systems.
AR games frequently superimpose a previously created environment on top of the actual environment of the user. The game itself can be quite banal, something as simple as virtual chess played on a table surface. However, more advanced AR games can create an environment from user surroundings.
A more advanced game could involve characters climbing virtual bridges to get from couches onto tabletops. In game development, environment creation is a very tedious and time-consuming task because there is constant demand for new settings. Players get used to environments very quickly and want to discover something new and exciting. AR gaming keeps the games interesting by expanding the playing field, taking advantage of the variety of real-world environments.
The First AR App for Gaming
Pokémon GO is widely considered to be the first AR gaming app. It uses a gyroscope, a smartphone’s camera, a clock, and GPS to create a location-based augmented reality environment. Players see a map of the current environment on the screen. When the grass moves, that means a Pokémon is present. You bring up the capture display by tapping the touchscreen. The screen will then display Pokémons in the user’s actual, real-world environment.
Implications of AR Gaming: How Safe is it?
As if traditional gaming weren’t addictive enough, we now have AR and VR gaming, wiring our brains in an unfortunate, yet inevitable direction. We’ve heard addiction to gaming horror stories for decades. Even 20 years ago, there were people who wouldn’t leave their rooms for days or who’d pass out from gaming exhaustion. Others would make holes in their walls to get to the bathroom or kitchen faster so they don’t waste gaming time. Maybe with augmented reality gaming, the tendency of delusion will be augmented as well? It’s certainly possible. It’s interesting what these developments will lead to.
It’s not all gloom and doom. Some people, yourself included, will certainly enjoy AR gaming in the years to come.