It looks as if 360 degree videos could be one of the big trends of 2016. Spurred by the consumerisation of virtual reality, these videos are changing the face of film-making as we know it. But the format could also change the face of gaming.
Evidence of this potential shift can be found in a video called “Follow the Blue Ball” , which bills itself as YouTube’s first interactive 360 game.
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Utilising YouTube’s 360 degree playback, the video prompts the viewer to follow one of three balls as it whips around the camera by roller skaters and freestyle basketball-ers. The game allows viewers to actually make a selection and advance through three increasingly difficult rounds.