Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Future of Gaming Starts Jun 10

Iam8bit sets itself up for gamers and developers to come on in during E3 with The Future of Gaming. This exhibit will have "Industry Luminaries and Renowned Artists Conceptualize The Future of Videogames." I'm just glad they didn't use the term "thought leaders".

Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 10
7 to 11pm 
Open throughout E3
End June 22
2147 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90026
Iam8bit's artists have each taken a quote from one of the Industry Luminaries- not thought leaders- about what they think the future of gaming will be and done a piece. The work present so far is quite eye-catching. One can only dream gaming gets as fun as what's been previewed.

 Nicole Gustaffson piece for the show based on Kim Swift's quote: "The future of gaming is going to always be with us on mobile devices that are a part of our daily lives, and will infect and project onto the world around us. We're on the advent of some truly impressive mobile devices-- input systems that detect the acoustic variances on where you tap your palm, tiny microprojectors on glasses, cameras that detect where you're looking, virtual and augmented reality, not to mention increased processing speeds. Imagine games that can project onto any surface, anywhere to create an instant display and use voice, eye direction and touch controls for inputs. Then picture the game taking into account the environment it’s being projected on to determine things like level layouts, and those projections interacting with other people’s game projections. I imagine that games will be everywhere around us.”

I'm not in love with Timothy Reynolds' art based on Tim Schafer's quote "In the future, we will play games while floating naked in a tank of warm, sensory-depriving gelatin. Games will be distributed chemically, into the gelatin, and absorbed into the player's skin. The gelatin will be Lingonberry-flavored, and the games will encourage good citizenship."

Why couldn't Jude Buffum get that one?

Here's Kevin Stanton art based on Seamus Blackley's quote: "The future of games is ubiquity. Every device and interface will need to entertain or be ignored. From supermarket checkout to your tax filing, we are training people already to ignore the boring. So. Games on everything all the time. As tech pervades, games follow. Do we control everything with smartphones? Then the games go everywhere from the phones. Do we have network computers in every object in the home? Then the games will follow. Just as games flowed into televisions and then computers and then mobile, they will be central to it all."

Naomi White piece above is based on Seth Killian's quote of: "Games are magical because they are both a vital rebuke to existing realities and an increasingly crucial perspective to understand them. Complex and dynamic systems dominate our existence, from the food we eat, to our jobs, to geopolitical conflict. Games are a brilliant path to becoming a native speaker in the language of these systems, where you function within them but are also invited to stand outside of them, consider their nature, and better predict their effects. Beyond understanding the world, they also serve as an important way to learn about yourself. To understand another, to inhabit the choices they face, and to experience the world from a perspective other than your own."

Quotes not seen so far:
  • Founder of Atari Nolan Bushnell’s theorized that, “micro-mesh networks will provide a new way of gaming”.
  • Creator of Mega Man, Keiji Inafune: “Games won’t be limited to the digital aspect, they will blend with our lifestyles to the point that you won’t think of them as games. Washing your face and brushing your teeth could be a part of a bigger, grander game world.”

Featuring Theories from:
* David Smith
* Keiji Inafune
* Kim Swift
* Jesse Schell
* Kellee Santiago
* Lorne Lanning
* Meggan Scavio
* Nolan Bushnell
* Seamus Blackley
* Seth Killian
* Ted Price
* Tim Schafer
* Warren Spector

...and Art by:
* Boneface
* Eden Soto
* Henrik Johansson
* Jude Buffum
* Kelice Penney
* Ken Garduno
* Kevin Stanton
* Mitch Ansara
* Naomi White
* Nicole Gustafsson
* Theresa Huarte
* Timothy J. Reynolds
* Travis Chen

via and iam8bit