http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voxel Wiki article on Voxels.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore's_law Wiki article on Moores law.
Few days ago, I have made an article on Future of Gaming. Now I am talk about the facts that I should have included in last entry.
Growth of computing power. Five years ago, I had a computer with 1.6 Ghz proccesing speed and 512 mega bytes of RAM. Back then it was enough for every game. I also had PS3 with 3.2 Ghz proccesing power and 512 mega bytes of RAM. I was amazed by graphics and games that PS3 could run. Today, 3.2 Ghz of proccesing power is minimum requirement for average games. 4 GB RAM has becamed standard RAM in our homes. Because of that, gaming companies are having problems in making games for consoles. Moores law says that computing power should double every 18 months.
Speed of a human brain is speed of human thought. By 2020, computers will be as powerful as human brains. Many people asked me "Power of the human brain? What the hell is that?" If computer is as powerful as human brain, it means that its capable of being as smart as human.
Today, however, they can only play chess. Lets do some calculations. If 3,2 Ghz of proccesing power is enough now, how much power would be enough in 2020?.About 204.8 Ghz!!! You dont trust me? Do that calculation by yourself!
If computer is capable of having human-like intelligence, it means that computer itself can be kind of game developer. Now some people got this wrong. I did not said that every game should, or will, be infinite. Maybe you heard of Infinity: Quest for Earth. The studio thats making that game have 11 developers, and yet, they want to make universe thats infinite. That is, their engine will generate infinite worlds. But, most quests will be boring and, most of the time, not have any sense. That would change in the future. Engine (computer that is) would make interesting quests.
And machines are not like humans. Even in WoW, quests get boring, eventually. But computer would think about every aspect of the quest. Is it too long? Too short? Does player need to travel a lot? How much EXP and gold would be enough for the quest? Computer would think about that and even more. Its just not worth counting, believe me .
Now, graphics. Some people said "Computers as powerful as they can be". They are wrong. Scientists are making, at this moment, nano technology. Little bit of sci-fi right ? Search it on YouTube and you will see what am I talking about . Anyway nano technology is, basicly, same as technology we have today, only on molecular level. That means that I can put my laptop in a single microchip (and you thought that iPhone 4S is cool) . That means that future games, because of their graphics, will probably "weight" about 100Gb. Yep, cheap $hit.
Please put some comments and let me know what do you think of this. ;)