The world of gaming will change beyond recognition over the coming years, according to Bruno Bonnell, president and chief executive of games publisher,Infogrames Entertainment.
The future of interactive entertainment will be about human interfaces that users would never have thought possible and the real market has not even started to be exploited yet, he claimed to a packed house at the Milia 2000 conference in Cannes.
Gaming will not simply be about interacting with a screen, Bonnell said, but will in future assault customers' other senses as in the example of sound based games that they play with their ears.
And he predicted that portable gaming would be key to the future of everything, from powerful handheld PCs to mobile phones. Mobile phone screens may be replaced with a microphone and speaker because of their size limitations, however, he forecast.
"You can say 'connect me with my son' and it's done. Think about playing a game blindfolded, with only your ears. That's a way to generate more emotion," he said.
"Back in the 1940s, the family would sit around in the living room listening to a programme on the radio. You could walk around and talk. You could even read. Then came television, which demanded more attention. I believe the Internet as it exists now can be taken like radio. You can do other things," he added.
But Bonnell also forecast the death knell of the PC. "We are in phase two of the interactive Big Bang. Like the gramophone, the PC is going to disappear," he said.
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