Google unveils its future for gaming

Google released a video presenting its vision for the future of gaming Tuesday just ahead of  the Game Developers Conference scheduled for next week.

The video itself shows fantasy and real-life landscapes. It also features a link to a Google store page called “Gather Around.” The exact details of the project are unknown but are most likely to be revealed at the conference.

“I’m still kind of confused on the ramifications and what it’s actually for,” junior Derrik Wilbourne said. “If I’m not mistaken, it’s for streaming a game to your TV or computer, which doesn’t seem practical as others like Apple’s future gaming service, so I think that it’ll be snuffed by Apple potentially.”

The product is rumored to be a new game-streaming device, according to “Variety” magazine.

“I am not a fan of the design at all,” Wilbourne said. “It reminds me of the original Xbox controller because it looks bulky and uncomfortably large to use, and it seems like it’s too big.”

Sophomore Chase Bost said he has doubts about Google’s gaming project.

 “It seems overhyped,” he said. “’Gather Around’ seems like it hints to a new service that lets people play together and that’s already happening with a lot of other services so I’m not too hyped about this one.”

Bost also has suspicions about Google running a gaming project.

“Google is infamous for tracking information about its users,” he said. “So the way I see it is that Google is trying to get even more info, and I think it’s not right that they’re trying to get information from a younger audience who plays games just for their own benefit.”

Companies such as Google, Microsoft and Apple are expected to jump into this game-streaming trend by 2020, according to “cnet.”

“I think it’s kind of good and bad,” Wilbourne said. “It widens the field more in terms of the service but it also kind of makes it a mandatory thing and some companies will put more effort into it. It seems a little forced but adds variety, yet some companies might just be following trends — which could ruin the overall service.”

By Carlos Zelaya