New interfaces are inspiring more inventive computer games

In 2013, more than any other year, many indie game developers have shown that they are willing to work with emerging technologies and discover new ways to interact with games. These studios are uncovering new types and styles of play that are uniquely suited to new hardware like Oculus Rift.

The cliché is that technological innovation in video game development is the domain of the blockbuster studios, which have the requisite manpower and cash reserves to explore new ways for players to interact with digital games, or to ever more closely replicate the detail and texture of reality on screen. The indie developers, meanwhile, innovate in the area of game design, where they are small and agile enough to take creative risks.

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