We don’t tend to break down internet functionality too much, but it’s fair to say that over time, just as it’s changed how we communicate, how we do our jobs, and how we consume information, it has come to be a primary source of entertainment. Through everything from browser-based arcades to smartphone streaming apps, the internet is constantly giving us newer and better ways to keep ourselves entertained. And given that this isn’t going to change in the future, we gave some thought to what some of the next trends in this regard might be.
Virtual Reality Connections
Virtual reality has already been a fairly major development for the video gaming world. And rest assured, it’s not just an individual activity that takes place offline. There are multiplayer VR games as well, and there only figure to be more over time. In another few years, we may see online VR gaming environments every bit as popular as, say, the multiplayer maps in major console shooting games.
Even beyond gaming though, VR is going to provide additional types of entertainment through connections to the internet. For example, there are already some early tourism-related applications that allow people to fly over remote cityscapes. There are tour programs that let people go sightseeing in famous places, tapping into collections at the Louvre, or scaling the Eiffel Tower. There are even combinations of VR and live event streaming, allowing users to watch sporting events as if they’re sitting in the front row.
All of this can ultimately fit into the “entertainment” category, and it’s likely that we’re only beginning to see how VR and the internet can combine for pure fun.
A Digital Casino Revival
You used to have to have a good time at the casino. Getting dressed up and going to the casino meant a night of thrills and entertainment – and of course, the chance to make a bit of money, with some luck.
Those nights out are still an option, depending on where you may live (or vacation), but at long last we’re starting to see online gambling becoming a preferable alternative. That isn’t to say it’s brand new. In fact, online gaming of this sort has been around for decades. But it is better, thanks to what appears to be a worldwide effort by online casino providers to modernize. Top online slot gaming sites are now at least somewhat uniform from New Zealand, to Europe, to Canada. The games themselves look like the best mobile games or console arcade experiences, and have their own themes and characters. And the poker, blackjack, and table game experiences are more interactive, realistic, and competitive than ever.
These are changes that have occurred over the course of the last several years. But the bet here is that as more people become aware of the quality and convenience of online casino entertainment – and as it becomes legal or free to play in more places – this category will see a major revival that makes it even more popular than it already is.
This may be the newest concept mentioned here and – if someone gets it right – potentially the most exciting. Netflix has floated the idea of interactive TV shows, with choose-your-own adventure style entertainment. While the first version of this idea was widely panned, and Netflix has since been hit with a lawsuit over the concept, the idea in a general sense is still very exciting.
Essentially, viewers using streaming platforms could soon have the ability to dictate the characters’ actions and see how the story plays out (which would of course be possible because the studios would film multiple branching narratives). And then, naturally, the same viewers could go back and watch the show all over again, making different decisions along the way. Lawsuit aside, Netflix has indicated that more of these shows are on the way, and it’s certainly conceivable that other streaming platforms will follow suit. That could make for one of the very biggest upcoming trends in internet entertainment.