Beyond Virtual Reality next step of gaming: EMOTIONS /May 31st 2021/

May 31, 2021 | Science | 0 comments

Visual and graphics quality are a great part of the overall immersion level in a gaming experience. Since the 80s, we have been dreaming of full visual immersion in a video game. The first Virtual Reality game experience was the adaptation of the iconic game series: Doom (ID software) with its 360 degrees head tracking. 

Virtual reality is a real step forward for the industry in terms of user experience (UX). Since VR appeared, there are a lot of VR editions of famous game franchises (“Doom VFR or Skyrim VR, Red Dead Redemption 2”). The first AAA game designed for VR is “Half-Life: Alyx” (one of the best VR games in 2020). 

The Half-life game from the successful Valve franchise proposes a real story with some crafting, shooting and puzzle-solving.  Today, we have almost reached perfect graphical realism, but one key element is still missing to initiate a new paradigm shift: Emotion. OVOMIND, with its Software Development Kit (SDK), will make it possible to improve a game’s artificial intelligence and Non Player Character (NPC) interactions. 

“Since there are gaming experiences, there are emotions.” 

Yet, a game is unaware of the player’s emotions and a fundamental attribution error can occur. Emotions will allow a better understanding of the player’s reactions along the play. The game will adapt in real-time its many aspects like music, narratives or gameplays. Just imagine one NPC playing with you in a horror game, asking you when you are feeling stressed: “Are you feeling ok? Step back for a while, I will protect you!”. 

With OVOMIND (ovomind.com) the game is now able to feel the player’s emotions and propose new story plots according to player feelings. Grant a bonus after a player’s deception, avoid to disturb when the player is frustrated, etc… the options are limitless.

The most powerful tool for storytelling and a new generation of gaming UX is now available.

In 2021, Twitch is the most important platform used, from a prime streamer to a casual streamer. Emotions, through a dedicated HUD, will allow the community to be more connected.