Until a “killer app” arrives, adoption is likely to be lackluster.

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But can you imagine other genres of gaming benefiting from “augmented reality”?

If not, this whole thing could fizzle out in a year. The only genre of gaming I am a certified expert in is Dating Sims, and after thinking about it an augmented reality dating sim could be very successful…

Or not On the “yes” side, may I put into evidence , the wildly successful Japanese dating sim for the Nintendo DS which included a couple of very simplistic augmented reality enhancements like the use of the built in microphone so you could say “I love you” to your virtual girlfriend, and use of the built in clock and calendar so you could schedule dates with your virtual girlfriend in real time.

Tablet sales for Android and i OS are down across the board, so the only successful touch screen games are the ones that can be played for a few minutes at a time on a tiny phone screen. It takes advantage of the ubiquitous smart phones, almost all of which have cameras and GPS, and makes the real world part of the game. created the first fairly successful augmented reality called which in one month is the most successful mobile app ever.

The big question is: Is this just a momentary blip, or are “augmented reality” games here to stay?

Part of the answer lies in answering if other gaming genres could benefit by augmented reality.

was a natural fit, with people suggesting it during the early days of Ingress development.

, it is inevitable that other “augmented reality” games might happen in the future. Over the years I have seen innovations in games come and go.

Some have stuck around a long time, like first person shooters.

Others, like games for Kinect, kind of disappeared.

Even the Wii controller with its motion control detection never got used to its full effect except by Wii Sports and a couple of other Nintendo titles. Everyone thinks it could be the next big thing, but VR headset sales have not set any records.