Smell effects – the next step in game evolution

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

If you thought that the Nintendo Wii was quite good then you haven’t seen anything yet, mostly because you’ll soon be able to experience the next new thing in game realism – smells.

Yup, you read that right – smells.   Imagine you’re in a battefield and someone fires a rocket.  Now you’ll be able to smell the fumes.    Or you’re driving a car and you slam on the brakes.    Now you’ll be able to smell the burning rubber of the tyres.    Or you’re walking past a restaurant in Second Life.   Now you’ll be able to smell the delicious food.

How is this possible?  By using add-ons with the amBX system.   These add-ons are not yet out.   In fact they are still being tested in the lab as amBX is apparently still trying to work out how to get rid of one smell in time for the next one coming along.    But with luck, the kinks will soon be ironed out and then you’ll have the smell of battle up your nostrils as you fire at the enemy.

Via Times Online