Mobile gaming's reign is over, says Atari founder

Technologies like Google Glass will dominate gaming over the next couple of years claims Nolan Bushnell

The founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell has predicted that mobile gaming's dominance of the gaming industry is over, and will be replaced by new technology such as Google Glass.

Speaking to AllThingsD, Busnell said that the games industry as a whole tends to reinvent itself every five years. He added that the last five years have been dominated by mobile and casual games such as Angry Birds and FarmVille.

Pointing to Google Glass, he said that new augmented technologies will play host to the next wave of innovation in gaming.

According to Bushnell, the increasingly saturated market is making it more and more difficult for less established companies to be successful.

"I think the next big game opportunity is Google Glasses. If I told you all my ideas for it, I'd have to kill you. And the Oculus Rift," said Bushnell.

"The game business reinvents itself every five years. The last five years have been the days of mobile gaming and short-form gaming, exemplified by Rovio with Angry Birds and Zynga with FarmVille. And that is over."

He added: "Most games, by their nature, have a half-life of two years or less. It's the outlier that has a half-life that's longer than that. But that doesn't mean that the marketplace is synchronised. So you have the early adopters coming into something, and they soon encourage the more timid to come in. It broadens the group. But players’ engagement is not lengthened."

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