As several streams of technological progress, such as semiconductors, storage, and Internet bandwidth continue to grow exponentially, doubling every 12 to 24 months, one subset of this exponential progress that offers a compelling visual narrative is the evolution of video games.
Video games evolve in graphical sophistication as a direct consequence of Moore's Law. A doubling in the number of graphical polygons per square inch every 18 months would translate to an improvement of 100X after 10 years, 10,000X after 20 years, and 1,000,000X after 30 years, both in resolution and in number of possible colors.
Sometimes, pictures are worth thousands of words :
Now, extrapolating this trajectory of exponential progress, what will games bring us in 2010? or 2016?
I actually predict that video games will become so realistic and immersive that they will displace other forms of entertainment, such as television. Details on this to follow.
The future will be fun...
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