Innovations That Are Changing the Face of Game Design

What, you might be asking yourself, is an NFC chip? 

An acronym for the term Near Field Communicator, NFC's are devices that can transfer data to each other while in close proximity. If you have to scan a card to get into a place at work, chances are that is an NFC chip. They're being utilized for a variety of business applications, from coupon codes to Google Wallet, to the above pictured Moo business card.

Oh, and it's also in Skylanders, the insanely popular game that preteen children are obsessed with.

What could this technology do for the future? There are a couple of obvious applications, from a more adult Skylanders/Disney Infinity style game, to a large scale ARG (something like I Love Bees), but there's no telling what designers will be able to develop now that the technology is relatively inexpensive. 

Published Jan. 30th 2014

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