In these last few years we are witnessing an increasing adoption of video games in learning and teaching environments. This change is coming thanks to the fact that video games allow students to take a more active role in learning as they develop skills needed to succeed in their professional careers. At the same time, we are also observing a change in the way video games are implemented. Today, the existence of very large teams with a multi-layered organisation calls for the adoption of structured development approaches with associated environments. These environments have been baptised game engines. Availability and usability of game engines, in the near future, will positively influence educational activities for the next generations. In this paper, we discuss the general structure of modern game engines and put into question their current architectural approach. Our goal is to raise the attention of the scientific community on the fact that re-baptised software stacks are unlikely, on the long shot, to provide the flexibility and functionalities required by game developers in the coming years. After a detailed discussion of the possible problems on the horizon, an alternative approach for a modular and scalable game engine architecture will also be presented.
About game engines and their future / D. Maggiorini, L.A. Ripamonti, G. Cappellini - In: Internet of Things : IoT Infrastructures / [a cura di] B. Mandler, J. Marquez-Barja, M.E. Mitre Campista, D. Cagáňová, H. Chaouchi, S. Zeadally, M. Badra, S. Giordano, M. Fazio, A. Somov, R.-L. Vieriu. - [s.l] : Springer Verlag, 2016. - ISBN 9783319470627. - pp. 276-283 (( Intervento presentato al 2. convegno International Summit on Internet of Things tenutosi a Roma nel 2015.
|Titolo:||About game engines and their future|
MAGGIORINI, DARIO (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||Game engines architecture; Game development; Scalability; Distributed systems|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore INF/01 - Informatica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Enti collegati al convegno:||European Alliance for Innovation (EAI)|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47063-4_28|
|Tipologia:||Book Part (author)|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03 - Contributo in volume|