Playing video games is a part of everyday life for most of us. Games often tell stories of a hero or heroine and their quest to solve a problem or a threat. A game can be about knights and dragons; it can be about futuristic technology. Whatever a game presents, it’s a perception of what some people see, hear, know, and feel in our own reality.
In a video game, everything goes. Which is why most of us ask questions like “Is that possible in real life?” From weird stuff to advanced, often out of this world technology, we all get to enjoy it in a virtual world.
However, some of the things we see in games are often more real than most of us think. Here are some video game technologies that are becoming reality today:
Metal Gear Solid Series
Stealth Camouflage Suit
If you’re familiar with the series, you’ll know that getting a stealth suit is one of the best things you can get in the game. As the name suggests, a stealth suit grants you perfect stealth, even invisibility. One can only guess that if this kind of tech exists in real life, then that would be pretty awesome.
However, we’re more close to developing a cloaking device than you think. The Military and some Scientists have developed a cloaking device that deflects microwaves, bending them around an object. The result is an object hidden behind microwaves. Having this kind of breakthrough has a lot of applications that could somehow mimic those in the game.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
Combat Power suits
In this game, your character gets to wear a powerful exoskeleton also known as a combat power suit. The suit enables you to do superhuman feats such as ripping off car doors and letting you jump insanely high. In real life, the exosuit in Call of Duty is comparable to the TALOS Project by the U.S. Army. TALOS stands for Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit.
TALOS can enhance the wearer’s stamina and strength, enabling an already elite-trained soldier to lift more and move much quicker. There are also variations of the suit that have medical uses such as providing extra supports for prosthetics. These suits are monitored by using rugged computers which are also military grade.
Although this is a far call from the suits we see in games and movies, it’s not far that we can see full, ironclad suits similar to that of Call of Duty’s or Tony Stark’s Mark 1 Exosuit.
Although technically not a tech that you can see in the game, Clienttrace in Counter-Strike essentially means “Homing Bullets.” Clienttrace was a cheat present in the game where you could fire bullets anywhere, and it’ll still hit an opponent.
In today’s tech, DARPA or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing bullets that steer itself towards the target, mid-flight. The bullets are smart and can guide itself to the target. Although these are existent, the U.S. does not use them in their arsenal. It’s also quite expensive to use for practical applications.
In the future, these bullets can save lives in case of friendly fire. If a target is wrongly acquired, all the person needs to do is just press a switch that will significantly drop and in turn, will miss the mark entirely.
It’s not far away when we see far out technology in games happening in real life. Once impossible tech such as invisible camo suits, self-guiding bullets, and power suits are now being developed and is in their prototype stages. Soon enough, we’ll be able to enjoy some of the benefits that these innovations give out in real life, not just in virtual games.