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13 Modern Advances That Most Gamers Take For Granted

The future is now. As video games migrate to the cloud, we're getting faster speeds, easier access, and deeper experiences. IBM Cloud is working to power the next wave of gaming innovation.

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1. The processing speed of modern smartphones is on par with most consumer video game systems from a decade ago.

5. You don't have to drive to a 7-Eleven or a pizza parlor to get your game on.

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The generation before you had to seek out the newest arcade games located in strange locations all over town.

6. The modern "save" button means you don't have to leave the game on overnight when you're trying to pass a tough level.

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Unfortunately, you're still gonna need to beat that tough level eventually.

8. Handheld controllers are being threatened by motion control and touchscreens.

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That means no more spilling soda on your controller and having sticky buttons, or having to use terrible off-brand controllers when you go over to your friend's house.

9. You don't need a ton of computer screens to create an immersive experience.

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Huge LCD-screen TVs are cheap, and the popularity of virtual reality systems like Oculus Rift is steadily growing.

11. And if you were having a LAN party, you usually needed a friend whose parents had a big basement.

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It was much more social, but also a little hot and cramped.

12. The explosion of online gaming forums means you don't have to wait weeks to get a magazine that will teach you how to pass a tough level.

And this is just the beginning. Get ready for a lot more as IBM Cloud improves the gaming experience.

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