Today, it seems like people are more in love with video games than ever before. The craze that started back in the 1980s has since become something that is far more than just a pastime. The video games of today allow gamers to become part of the game themselves. They're not just moving the joystick and controlling some squiggly line on a console. Instead, they have the opportunity to immerse themselves in whatever game they choose to play. The realistic graphics that accompany modern video games allow anyone that plays them to escape reality for a short while, essentially becoming someone else. In fact, playing a modern-day video game is almost like starring in your own movie where you can pick the character and to a certain extent, even write the script.
When you consider all of this, it's no wonder so many companies have decided to make video games. It seems like the same ones have been making the best games for a number of years now but that might change in the very near future. There are many companies that are on the horizon and five of the most promising ones are listed below.
11 Bit Studios
Technically, this company has been around since 2010 but it's just now starting to make waves. That's all because of a game that they're about to release entitled This War of Mine. In it, the Warsaw, Poland based company has gamers playing not as military members, but as everyday citizens who are caught up in a war they had nothing to do with starting. They're merely trying to survive, providing an entirely different aspect of war that's never been explored before in the gaming world.
Cloud Imperium Games
The thing that makes this company stand out is the fact that it doesn't operate in the traditional sense that most corporations do, whether they're associated with gaming or anything else. Instead, the company exists strictly because of crowdfunding. That's right, the individuals responsible for the formation of the company went online asking for people to help donate money so they could make a game called Star Citizen. The funds came in, and now the company itself is on the brink of success like it's never experienced before.
This company has already released one game called The Plan that was immensely popular. The sequel to it, Among the Sleep, is scheduled to be released in the near future. Both of these options are like watching a horror movie, only you're not watching it, you're living it. The thing that really makes Among the Sleep stand out from other games is that you can play as a number of different characters, all of them experiencing distinctly different perspectives. One of those characters is a two year old girl. If that doesn't give you nightmares, nothing will.
This company takes an entirely different approach to success in the gaming industry. As a matter of fact, they're taking the most popular old games that were state-of-the-art back in the early 1980s and re-releasing them, this time making them available for iPhones. At first, a lot of people questioned whether or not this approach would be successful. Nobody seems to be questioning that anymore.
If you want something that will really keep you up at night, you might want to play the signature game from this company, called Back to Bed. It basically gives you a first-hand account of what it's like to sleepwalk, complete with doing frightening things in your sleep without even realizing it. If you have a propensity to sleepwalk in real life, or even if you don't, you may not ever want to go to sleep again after you play this game.
One of the great things about the gaming industry is that there is definitely something for everyone. Even if you don't really consider yourself much of a gamer, it's probably because you just haven't found the right game yet. There's no doubt that the games themselves are addictive so when you find something that pertains to your interests, it's almost impossible to put it down. When you have companies that are developing things as interesting as the examples listed above, it only stands to reason that more and more people will eventually become interested in what these newer companies have to offer.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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