Game developers are always looking for ways to make their games more realistic for players. And thanks to growing advances in virtual reality and other ancillary technologies in development, developers are getting closer each day to giving gamers a more immersive gaming experience.
Despite these advances, games are still games a ways off from the truly realistic experiences some gamers are hoping for. However, it seems one company – that’s not even a game developer – may have just stumbled upon an incredible idea.
The team at Realm Pictures, a video and photography studio in the UK, provided a handful of Chatroulette users a unique first-person shooter experience unlike anything they’ve ever had. As the above video shows, as soon as the unsuspecting user was connected to Realm Pictures, that user was prompted to start giving commands to an unknown person on the other end of the connection. These users quickly realized that they were in some kind of real life first-person zombie survival game, and started calling out commands to the character on the screen.
What ensues is nine minutes of pure Internet – and gaming – gold. Rather than controlling a digital character with a controller or mouse and keyboard, these new “players” speak directions and watch as their character obeys. And from the players shown in the video, it seems like an experience everyone enjoyed and would likely do again if able.
It’s possible, then, that Real Pictures has just discovered a new form of gaming entertainment. With the ability to livestream actions as dictated by a gamer on the other side of the globe, this is a lucrative business waiting to happen. And it likely won’t take long before someone picks up on the idea and runs with it, if Realm Pictures doesn’t decide to do it first.
Granted, part of the fun in this video is the fact that the players have no idea what’s coming until they’re thrown into the experience. But that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be fun for those who know what they’re getting into if they decided to pay for it. In fact, since the character is a live person with no set actions, the “game” would be unique for every player, especially if the creators decided to expand the experience into a more open-world concept.
It will definitely be interesting to see if any other individuals or businesses pick up on this idea and move it forward. And as mentioned before about advances in virtual reality, this could very well be a major form of entertainment in the not-too-distant future.
What do you think about Realm Pictures’ Chatroulette first person shooter? Would you play for an experience like this? Let us know in the comments below.