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Let’s Play Gamers: Product Menace or Saviors of Entertainment VR?

We mentioned that VR for entertainment almost died out completely. However, it is thriving in today’s market. Let’s take a look at the Let’s Play Gamers that helped to make this happen.

What is a “Let’s Play” Gamer?

Once found primarily on YouTube platform, these gamers record themselves playing games and people watch it. A very simple enough premise—they do not discriminate with the games that they play. They can play indie console games, established PC games, and even mobile games.

Saviors…?

These gamers play a big part in keeping the game industry alive. As it turns out, they are also instrumental in revitalizing the way the public saw virtual reality for entertainment purposes. When YouTube Royalty PewDiePie started to feature horror virtual reality games on the Oculus Rift and other platforms, it invariably struck a massive interest for the platform.

PewDiePie is no stranger when it comes to generating interest in games. There is now an established “PewDiePie effect” wherein any game that he plays generates a massive amount of user and player engagement. This equals to sales and a boost in Google search results.

PewDiePie and his gaggle of other Let’s Play friends—with their own massive followings—can invariably be attributed as the reason why a relative unknown game is suddenly catapulted into the stardom. It would not be unfair to say that when certain Let’s Play gamers got a hold on VR games, it certainly did a major service to the platform as a whole.

Menace…?

As the massive influx of user engagement can come without warning, a lot of developers out there end up being crushed with orders. It is also occurred that once the Let’s Play Gamers move on to other games, the interest in the game wanes and now there is a surplus of stock with very little buyers.

In the crux of it all is the ebb and flow of attention that they bring to games without proper sustainability. While VR games have certainly benefitted from all the attention that the likes of PewDiePie have brought, what is to occur when developers are left high and dry?

Influence

There is no denying the power that Let’s Play Gamers wield. As these people make a living out of doling out reviews or simply playing for the sake of playing, they invariably influence the market with their antics.

What is good is that PewDiePie does provide links toward the developers and directs his followers to do patronize the product if they like it. It is this sort of responsible wielding of power that can strike the balance between making lightning strike for an indie developer and crushing them outright with the spotlight.

As there are more and more virtual reality games coming out in the market, it is also inevitable that the Let’s Play Gamers of YouTube and Twitch will have their own say regarding the product. As a company who has a hand in the world of VR, Envelop recognizes the contribution that Let’s Game players have made toward revitalizing a healthy interest in the use of VR for entertainment.

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How important is the role of Artificial Intelligence to the Online Gambling Industry?

Artificial Intelligence has been a hot talking point over the past couple of years and the discourse around the subject hasn’t escaped any industry or social space. Talk of the future and the technological changes it could bring are thoughts that have perplexed humans since time began.

Many inventions come and go without praise or scrutiny, but nothing has gained such traction in recent years as Artificial Intelligence (AI). Perhaps this is because of how futuristic it seems, clinging onto the coattails of time travel and teleportation as one of those phenomenon’s that seems like the stuff straight from a science fiction novel.

Gambling and AI

The gambling industry is just one of the markets that have been capitalising on these technological advances and the redundancy of the human and/or the efficiency of the robot. Online gambling, like AI has seen a rapid acceleration of growth in recent years, with the online gambling industry in the UK reported to be worth a mega £4.5 billion.

Scott Manford, CEO of Wizard Slots said: “Working in the gambling industry is a fast-paced world and we’re constantly adapting to the technological and legal changes that can come our way. Of course, the protection and safety of our players is paramount but the influence that AI and Virtual Reality is having on our industry is very exciting and perplexing. It’s healthy to look at the influences from both sides of the coin.”

As with all industries with that much money involved they serve themselves up to be worthy destinations for both intense innovation and large scale crime. It will be a long time yet before the robots are teaching us how to live, similarly to the Will Smith movie, iRobot. But perhaps the changes that AI could bring to the gambling world could arrive sooner than we think.

But what do you mean when you say Artificial Intelligence?

Firstly, we must understand what AI is. What we class as intelligence as humans is usual ingrained in education, experience, the ability to solve problems, or the letters ahead of our name. The barometers of human intelligence often rest in particular academic fields such as Mathematics or Sciences.

Humans are temporary and if we look at ourselves scientifically we are against the odds and at the will of many variants that can affect our performance and progress. Ageing being one of them. Perhaps the human life is too short and peak human performance is too brief to crack the important and species changing things that AI could bring to humanity and civilisation.

Artificial Intelligence is a human construct, and based on human perceptions, but the complex coding involved creates a human brain capable of inhumane feats, mass calculation and perception, intense data analysis and many other things. AI is as basic as facial recognition and as complex as self-driving cars. We are now at the point where AI can be self-taught and teach itself new habits without the need for human input.

What impact can AI have on gambling?

But what does all this theory and existentiality mean for the gambling and gaming industries? Online slots websites are inherently run on the complex algorithms of AI, the numbers behind the slot games that create the difficulty and infinite amount of algorithms that prevent the player from out smarting the machine and winning all the money. These algorithms create the odds, human created algorithms that can be left to do the jobs that humans can’t.

In respect of this, the nuclear bomb should never fall into the wrong hands. And the notion resonates in a similar way with AI. For example, if AI can work on the side of the gambling industries, it can also work against it. Computer hackers are often portrayed as clandescent rockstars of the criminal world, their prison sentences are often swapped for desk work at the FBI. Before these rogue vigilantes do this though, who knows the impact they could have on the gambling world.

If someone can build some form of AI that can second guess the gambling algorithms, the PRNG (Pseudorandom Number Generator) as it’s known, then that could see the fall of online gambling. If the casinos can no longer protect themselves from loss, then how can they exist? It’s a battle of who has the smarter intelligence, in simpler terms mathematicians compete to solve and prove theories. Artificial Intelligence would compete against other artificial intelligence to solve infinite and mass data sets, to outthink and even develop its own brain.

To summarise, the challenges that casinos face with AI is nothing new to what has went in the past, there’s always someone or something trying to beat the system, and as technology advances both sides of the coin will try and outwit each other.

Regardless of the advances in technology, the positive effects on the industry should outweigh the bad. Who knows the unthinkable possibilities that AI could bring to the industry both on back end and front end developments.
What is for sure is that we won’t be having any iRobot moments just yet. Augmented reality could revolutionise the way we play and enjoy the age-old industry that is gambling.

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Make Your Heart Thump: Best Horror VR Games in the Market

Virtual Reality is truly revolutionizing the way people get to experienced things. One of the best ways wherein VR is utilized is through entertainment systems. Today, we take a look at the best heart thumping horror games you can get in the market!

Horror, as a game genre, only experienced a spike in the early 2000s. This was primarily because the game graphics that used to permeate the market did not exactly equate a good gaming experience. With virtual reality being at the forefront of gaming now, the horror genre has a whole new world to offer gamers. Here are some of the best VR horror games available for play:

Dreadhalls

This offering is from Oculus Rift—one of the biggest names in Virtual Reality games—and it does an excellent job of putting players in a highly stressful environment. Players are teleported to what seems to be dungeon and have the unpleasant task of having to survive traps and creatures that you will have to hide from.

Why it’s good: The feeling of being chased is something that will never go out of style. When your survival is on the line, the VR environment does a wonderful job of making the experience come off as insanely real.

Emily Wants To Play

The life of a pizza delivery person seems to always end up so interesting—at least, it is when media gets a hold of it. Players get to see things from the point of view of a pizza man on the last leg of a regular day.

Why it’s good: If you are a fan of jump scares then this is one game that you will want in your collection. Released late last year, it has continued to be one of the most highly recommended games to play. It is also a fairly delightful game to see as a bystander as well.

The game is creepy and the audio track is pretty good in making things seem on edge. Despite being released last year, it continues to have relatively good ratings from critics and users alike.

Resident Evil VII

Is there anyone on this planet that does not know of the famous Resident Evil series? While it would not be anything out of the usual to expect zombies and genetically engineered creatures, this showcases a different turn in the game’s direction. It seems that they have decided to really put in the ‘resident evil’ in the game by providing a creepy and supernatural spin to this horror game.

Why it’s scary: This game is completely different from the others in its franchise. It provides a completely fresh take in an otherwise overly saturated series.

Final Points

If you really think about it, horror is always going to be a popular medium. What always lacks is a relatively immersive and safe environment or means wherein horror lovers could indulge. With VR technology only getting better and better, horror lovers everywhere now have much to look forward to. What about you? What particular virtual reality horror game would want to play?

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