There is more to being a gamer that just knowing how to kick ass when playing pretty much any game you can think of. It also has a lot to do with knowing where things are headed as well. To be ahead of the “game” means you have to master the way things are produced on the screen, and many times the player experience is quite different from what your previous favorite game offered. This means that the eye-to-brain communication must recalibrate itself in order to fully understand what is shown on the screen you are playing on. As technology gets even more powerful, we get faster and faster computers, and with that comes, of course, better graphics in the games we play.
For a colorblind person, the games that were available in the beginning of the ’80s didn’t pose much of a problem. However, today when the graphics on the screen consist of millions and millions of colors, a person who doesn’t see every shade of color might have a difficult time seeing the intricate details. As a result, the overall gaming experience might suffer a lot. We have, as you might understand, come a long way since the first video game was revealed back in 1958.
To better understand the exceeding speed and intricate graphics of new games, and the way game companies continuously progress in the area, COLOURlovers put together a really colorful infographic that will take you through the history of video games, focusing on the color side of it all. I am somewhat amazed that in just 50 years or so (give or take a few years), we have managed to go from black and white to photo-realistic games which almost feel completely real if the simulation and animation is good enough. If we are at the level of photo-realistic games now, where will we be in 10 years? That’s a really intriguing question. Is the only thing left now to incorporate a gaming experience for all our senses instead of just for our eyes and ears…? I guess we will just have to wait and see.