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From Pokies to AR: Gaming Galore

Console gaming is bigger than ever
Console gaming is bigger than ever
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2020 is poised to be a huge year for gaming. Now more than ever, gaming is readily accessible and there is a game to suit everyone’s taste – from open-world adventure to interactive strategy, the battlefields of WW2 and beyond. Fans of online casino games can even look forward to VR pokies. But how has the industry come so far, and what exciting new developments are there to look forward to in the coming era of gaming? Let’s look at some of the trends.

2020: Cross Platforming and Consoles

Consoles have a devoted following among gamers who play anything from the FIFA football series to online casino games, so the release of a new console is always a big event. 2020 marks 20 years since the iconic PS2 was released and the scene has come so far since then, as big tech companies constantly strive to provide gamers with bigger and better hardware. Both Microsoft and Sony have announced their next-gen consoles, namely the Xbox X and PS5 respectively. Gamers can look forward to exciting new graphics (like 4K 60 FPS) and performance improvements across the board, no matter what style of gaming you enjoy. Don’t have the $500 to spend on the new console? Don’t fret! Gaming tech manufacturers have greatly improved cross-platform gameplay, meaning users with older consoles can play with new gen users, as well as the fact that in a single online lobby, there can be a multitude of players using anything from a PC to a mobile device to the old Xbox One to the new PS5.

From Pokies to PUBG: The Rise of Mobile Gaming

It is simply astounding to reflect upon how far games have come since the days of playing Tetris on a “brick” phone. Gone are the days of pixelated, low quality games that were designed as superficial boredom busters. Today, some of the most technologically demanding and competitive games can be found on mobile devices. Examples of this are mobile adaptations of the giants PUBG and Fortnite. Both of these games were previously only able to run on gaming specific PC’s and consoles. However companies like Tencent partnered with the developers to bring these games to mobile platforms. In fact, there are so many games to choose from on app stores, it almost seems as though phones were never designed for anything but gaming! This is obviously of huge benefit, as now everyone with a mobile phone can play anything from pokies to PUBG on the go, without spending exorbitant amounts on new consoles and devices.

Augmented reality is going to be big
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Increased Variety and New Genres Emerging

Ever heard of Augmented Reality (AR) gaming? This brand-new style of gaming transforms a player’s cell phone into a virtual projector to the real world. To make a simple analogy, just like Google Maps shows people nearby restaurants and venues in real time, these games provide players with real-world objectives and tasks to complete.  Thanks to technology, petrolheads are even getting their game on. For a few thousand dollars, players can invest in a fully functional, immersive simulation racing rig. These set-ups consist of a wrap-around screen, a physical steering wheel, gear shifter and seat, all with full force feedback and vibration. F1 drivers use these rigs to train, and they are the closest thing to a real driving experience one can get. These are just a mere two out of the thousands of new categories of games that are emerging every day.

A Boom in Gaming as Entertainment

t is a well-known fact that in these modern times, players do not have to physically be playing a game to be enjoying it. There are YouTube creators and Twitch streamers that have risen to the heights of superstardom thanks to their gaming content. The gaming channel PewDiePie, for example, has an astounding 100 million followers. In addition to the above mentioned, there is currently a huge spike in the Esports craze. Media analysts at Activate predict that by 2021, at least 84 million people will be active viewers of Esports. That is more than US Major League Baseball and Basketball. Competitive gaming is already looking to be a lucrative prospect for investors, and is only set to further expand. Even the online casino industry is getting in on the act, with live casino games that enable people to participate or spectate. With the rapidly evolving and developing gaming scene, who knows where the future is set to take us?

8 Most Useless and Annoying Car Features

Automatic Car Doors
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Modern cars sure are becoming fancy. They have touchscreens, parking assistance, and some even drive themselves. Heck, it probably won’t be long before you can play at Mummys Gold casino online or on your mobile while your self-driving car gets you from A to B. Oh, what glorious technology.

But, as is common with the tech industry, someone always goes a little overboard in adding bells and whistles. We suspect it has to do with one poor designer being paid per feature that he comes up with, and so eventually he has to scrape the bottom of the barrel. The result is features that are the equivalent of 8K resolutions on televisions, which is the sort of thing someone comes up with before checking if anyone was particularly blown away by 4K. Spoiler; they weren’t.

Car features have undergone the same treatment, giving us a suite of silly, mostly annoying additions that are far more a pain in the backside than helpful.

Paddle Shifters In Automatics

With an automatic vehicle the biggest selling point is surely that it changes its own gears? Hey, but wait, what if we put a paddle on the steering wheel that can be flicked to change gears? Yes, in an automatic car that changes gears by itself. No, the car will still change gear even if you don’t flick the paddle. Why have it at all then? It certainly doesn’t add to the aesthetics, and it may well be one more thing that could break and need fixing, even though it is completely redundant.

Seriously, it’s beyond silly.

Digital Gear Knob

That poor designer who gets paid per feature must have climbed into a car and looked around for something that had not yet been made digital. Then he spotted it, the gear knob, and knew he had struck gold. Yes, why not take something that worked perfectly well before and add an enormously unnecessary extra layer to it. Consensus is that not only are the new wave of digital gear shifters imprecise and finicky, but the most wasted effort ever, trying to modernise what never needed modernising.

Touchpad Controllers

Now we’ll give it to car manufacturers in this department. It is very tricky coming up with control systems that demand you only take your hands off the wheel for the least time possible, when interacting with on-board systems. But we’re just going to come out and say it; touchscreens suck. They are imprecise, annoying, and the text conversations on our phones riddled with laughable spelling errors are testimony to that fact. Hey, here’s an idea. Why not put a touchscreen in a car, instead of, you know, knobs and buttons that never misunderstand you?

Touchscreen Air Vent Controls

What, you want to control your air vents with a little lever, like millions have done for decades? You hush your mouth. The design feature guy is here and he says levers are for cavemen. Instead, you get a touchscreen air vent control system, requiring you to select the correct submenu, and then slide your finger over a flat surface, to control airflow. What, the extra steps involved make it ten times more complicated than it once was? Come now, do you want the feature design guy to get paid or not?

Gesture Controls

Feature design guy heard your complaints about touchscreens and so removed them entirely. Gesture controls require not a single touch of a single screen to operate. Only, good luck getting them to work. At best, the drivers beside you will think you have either lost your mind, are fighting with an invisible insect, or are a practicing mime. Rather use the touchscreen, right?

Useless car features
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Automatic Car Doors

Ever entered a fancy hotel that has a doorman who has the sole purpose of opening the door for you? It’s a nice touch, but a little unnecessary too. Well, imagine the doorman now lives inside your car. Automatic doors that open are a rather useless invention, but perhaps one of the least annoying on this list if you have your hands full and need to get inside. Just hope that they don’t open at random if they malfunction…

Motorised Seat Belts

If you think automatic car doors are strange and unnecessary, how about automatic or motorised seatbelts? Plus, they’re really slow and awkward when in motion, forcing you to sit quietly while they move over your body and click into place. Insanely wasted effort, you want to say out loud, but are afraid of hurting feature design guy’s feelings? Yes, we know.

Back Seat Screens

Finally, we have a feature that was, to be fair, probably pretty cool when it came out. Screens in the back to entertain passengers. Pretty cool. Though, with the invention of tablets and smartphones they are now just about the most useless things ever, and not even remotely worth the extra costs. But hey; who knew portable little screens were just around the corner?