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PANEL // Discover The wider applications of games technology

Our panel of experts delivers an inspiring video session about the wider applications of games technology

Can healthcare, sports and other real-life applications benefit from game development tools? The tech in video games today can contribute to society as a whole beyond their games industry origins. In this panel, experts from a variety of industries look at the wider applications of games technology.

The wider application of games technology today

At the online conference Beyond Games #1 (May 2021), panellists Tobias Sherman (Foundry IV), Christina Barleben (Thoughtfish), Kawal Rhode (King’s College London) and Jez Wilkinson (R^mesh) talk about tech advancements in gaming that have pushed the boundaries of what’s possible. They look at both games and “real life”. This future-gazing panel considers what tools are being created today as a result of advancements in games tech thinking.

In particular, they discuss the many ways these new tools can enhance in-game experiences in the metaverse. Why not improve on an IRL experience like live concerts rather than simply recreate it in a virtual sense?

The panel was hosted by our own Dave Bradley (Steel Media). You can watch the session again in this free video recording. You’ll see the panel talk about how developers are rebranding location-based games as “context-aware” augmented reality games. Developers can study how a player’s behaviours adapts when the weather conditions change, for instance. Will players buy more items? Will they go out more when it’s raining? How do real-life elements affect how players enjoy a game?

On medical applications and beyond

The panel also touches upon the various applications of game tech in the healthcare industry. Nowadays, impressive AI powerhouses contribute to monitoring patients. Medical images are powered by GPUs, and lifelike rendering helps with more accurate simulations in complex surgeries. Teams working in healthcare are also benefiting from soft skills learned from collaborative gaming. Plus, AR-based collaborative surgery is now possible thanks to tech advancements in gaming.

Can Unreal Engine be used in the medical sector? Did technology leap forward during the pandemic? How has esports evolved as developers find ways to focus more on the backstory of the player rather than the game itself? Towards the end of this video session, the panel answers a few hand-picked questions from the audience to cap off the talk. 

If you’ve wondered how a simple digital colouring book can help cognitive benefits, this 40-minute session is ideal for you. It delivers great insight for anyone curious about the wider applications of games technology in real life.

Written By

Catherine plays video games for a living, reads comics for inspiration, and writes because she’s in love with words. Her Young Adult fantasy novel, Of Myths And Men, has been published by Penguin Random House SEA and is her love letter to gamer geeks, mythological creatures, aliens, and epic quests to save the world. She one day hopes to soar the skies as a superhero, but for now, she strongly believes in saving lives through her works in fiction. Check out her books at, or follow her on FB/IG/Twitter at @thenoobwife.

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