When you think about full motion video games in the gaming industry, you normally do not have a lot of positives to add into the list. That is because the genre has somewhat suffered ever since it has tried to come to the mainstream. There are a lot of reasons behind that as well; for starters, the acting is questionable at best, and forced green screen environments never fit in. in addition to that, the overall picture quality is average at best.
However, despite the shortcomings, the past few years have shown us some positivists as far as the live action gaming genre is concerned. We have had games like Her Story, The Late Shift, as well as The Bunker; these games have played an important role in defining the genre, and showing us that there is a lot of potential in this genre as well. In addition to that, these games have managed to blur the line between film making and game development, something that I consider a very impressive task.
However, in order to grasp at the concept of such games, and take a look at the future, the one important thing that we need to understand is the past. Just take Night Trap for example – it was one of the first full motion video games that was created to show the prowess of the genre as well as the technological advancements.
Now another thing that you need to understand here is that there is an entire niche market for story driven games like Her Story; considering how you are not going on epic missions; simplicity is the key. You don’t need some high end, fancy, Nolan-esque film footage to make an FMV game a success. As a matter of fact, the recipe for success in these games is rather simple to grasp at. While it was not the easiest thing to hold on to, the good thing is that is the modern day technology is a lot better than what it used to be.
In the end, it is only the right thing to say that the full motion video games are heading forward. Why are they heading forward? Because the video game developers are finally able to understand that they are not in the look for a market that is going to accept these games readily. As a matter of fact, the good thing is that most developers are already aware of the potential, and the niche that has been created in the market.
Gamers want FMV games more than ever now, and this has been further increased with the release of Her Story, which ended up being one of the most monumental FMV games to ever come out. Also, since FMV was one of the first steps in the right directions, it will actually be interesting to see where the market is heading next, and what does the future of this genre hold — you never know.