One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down one Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming.

What is AR what do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: AR = Augmented Reality

What It Means: AR gaming is a subgenre of games in which digital items, objects or characters are projected onto real world images, giving the impression of the two existing at the same time in the same space. VR (Virtual Reality,) by contrast, simulates an entire digital world and everything in it as though the player has been transported completely to another world.

Why You Care: AR is a gaming term worth knowing about because that’s what kind of game Pokemon Go is! The game that everyone is talking about right now uses AR technology to project Pokemon animations onto locations captured by the device’s camera, allowing players to “see” the cartoon creatures in the real world. Whilst a number of games and educational apps use AR, few have captured the public imagination quite as strongly as Pokemon Go. AR games are often used in museums and galleries to create interactive artwork and exhibitions.


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