It wasn’t long ago that video games were thought of as nothing more than little computerized trinkets that could supply games in simple formats, and it took quite some time for the video game industry to reach the point it has grown to today. Foundational games of the past had to exist in order to lead to the games of the future, and those games are finally starting to reach the hands of players who have waited for them since childhood. It won’t be long before the dream of a fully realized virtual reality will enter the gaming world.
In a sense, all video games have been virtual reality to a certain degree. The only real difference between those virtual realities and the ones of the future is the perspective from which the player interacts with them. Super Mario started as a simple 2D game where the player controlled the character through a third-person perspective, but the goal is to eventually create a way to have the player enter the game world so they can play from a first-person perspective. While the VR systems of today are starting to get quite a bit more advanced, there is still a long way to go before humanity has the ability to completely replicate the experience of reality. Like something out of The Matrix, a near-perfect virtual world could be the future.
The beginning of the transition to a world that focuses on virtual experience is already here. A full arcade of VR games exists in Hong Kong, and it is only a matter of time before other major cities start to follow suit. The popularity of augmented reality games like Pokemon Go has already proven that the world is ready to see these sorts of virtual technologies incorporated into their entertainment and daily lives.