Video games have seemed to reach their limit in regards to graphics. So what's the next step? Using real players, of course.
EA developer Marius Hjerpseth decided to experiment with this exact idea, by shooting a soccer game between co-workers and then editing it like it was part of the bestselling FIFA franchise, including the same menus, crowd noises, and goal celebrations from the game. Behold, the final product:
"It all started last year, when I stood on the roof terrace at EA Canada and looked down on the pitch," Hjerseth told the website FIFA Samfunnet. "Then I realized that the viewing angle was the same as the one you have in FIFA, and I would try to shoot a fight from there to see how it looked. There are many good footballers who work at EA, including former professional players, so my plan was just to make a little video with highlights from the games that were played there every day. A colleague of mine filmed our next game, and when I saw the clips after I started experimenting with adding graphics. The tests looked good, so I pitched the idea to my boss and he gave me the thumbs up to use my time to develop the concept further."
I have been saying for years how the next generation of video games will feature actual humans instead of computer-generated ones, so I fully expect a royalty check from EA once this technology finally gets off the ground.