As with anything in life, finding a balance is key. Nobody is saying you should sit around and play games all weekend, but recent advances in modern gaming have meant a broader range of options. 

Prior to the internet transforming the way we played home console games or interacted with likeminded gaming communities, there was a reasonably strong argument that sitting on a chair for several hours a day and staring at a screen playing a repetitive game was probably not the best way to keep ourselves sharp between the ears. 

While there’s definitely an argument to be had, the gaming landscape in 2024 is totally different from what was on offer 25 or 30 years ago. This push for technological innovation has led to gaming becoming a broader spectrum, bringing in other avenues, including brainteaser games, visual response games, and augmented, strategy-based games that can be used to improve focus and mental agility. 

Projected Advances In Gaming 

Technology has improved so many elements of our lives and continues to light the fuse for multiple innovations, particularly in gaming. Again, we’re not just referring to video or home console gaming, although they have benefited immensely from their meteoric rise. The future of gaming technology looks increasingly like it will be moving toward AR, VR, and AI, standing for augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.

VR, AR & AI – The Three Frontiers

Over the last decade, virtual reality gaming has struggled to get off the ground. While there’s been significant interest in this technology since the beginning of this decade, and Mark Zuckerburg has been more than happy to put Facebook’s colossal financial weight behind VR gaming, gamers have been slow to adopt it. 

However, Meta’s commitment to bringing in mass-produced, cheap VR headsets to introduce gamers and the broader population to the benefits of the Metaverse appears to be making some headway at last. Although not everyone is too ecstatic with the idea of the Metaverse becoming the new platform for gaming, there’s no denying that it is a genuinely innovative route for gaming and technology companies to develop new ideas.

While AI technology will influence gaming differently than VR and AR, the trillions of dollars flowing into the industry will inevitably trickle down into gaming. Nvidia is the world’s second-biggest company, recently overtaking Apple, and it’s not just the AI technology that’ll drive many of the changes we see, such as increasingly sophisticated NPCs in free-roam games or realistic interactions within gaming worlds.

Nvidia has also captured the GPU processing market, with many of its chips used in high-speed gaming laptops and PCs. Ultimately, this increase in computing power, fueled by the tsunami of investment into Nvidia, will result in better graphics and better output from game designers.

So, How Does This Impact Our Lifestyle?

Virtual reality gaming and headsets immerse us within gaming environments, whether in the Metaverse or via free-roam games that utilize the technology. Those lucky enough to have their own spare rooms where they do their gaming understand that due to the emergence of these types of games, you now need a lot more space to maneuver. 

Even before the switch to some VR models, the Nintendo Wii is a good example of a console that focused on getting people up and active. As we know, exercise and movement are crucial parts of a healthy lifestyle, and this is one area where gaming has really improved over the last two decades.

Arcade dance machines were another early pioneer and a fantastic crossover example of how to fuse exercise and gaming to positively influence our lifestyle. From a social perspective – online console games also allow party chats, so we can benefit from the social element of gaming, which can add yet another positive aspect to our lifestyle.

Mental Focus & Staying Sharp

Now that the rhetoric has shifted toward the benefits that gaming in moderation can have on our mental focus, supplementing gaming as part of a lifestyle that involves a balanced diet and exercise can positively influence our overall well-being. 

We must emphasize that gaming, like anything, should be done in moderate doses. Staring at a screen all day or until the early hours of the morning isn’t the recipe either, but in small doses, it can have a positive impact.

Conclusion

Keeping your gaming active and fun is a strong start. With the rise of immersive, augmented reality gaming, there’s been a heightened focus on getting gamers on their feet, staying sharp, and using their hands and feet. 

In addition to the mental focus gaming can bring, there’s also a range of different brain games that test your intelligence and memory, particularly ones you can find online. So, as you can see, there’s a lot more to gaming than initially meets the eye, and many elements of it can positively impact our lifestyle.