The tweet below shows the difference between what the main character in the game Wolfenstein looked like in 1992 and what he looked like in 2014.
Moore's Law: Wolfenstein game graphics, 1992 vs 2014 pic.twitter.com/rF6SZ8B6bO
— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) April 12, 2015
I still remember playing Wolfenstein in the mid 1990’s. It was a simple but addictive shooting game.
I gave up playing video games towards the end of college so I didn’t know that Wolfenstein’s current character looked like this. However, I could have easily guessed.
Technically, Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits doubles every year. In practice, this manifests itself in the capability of digital electronic devices growing at an exponential rate. The falling price of computer processing power, the rise in storage capacity, and improvements in graphics quality are all linked.
So the same law which is responsible for smartphones having as much processing power now as mainframes had in the 1990’s is responsible for the improvement in the quality of graphics in the Wolfenstein game.
This makes me want to be a kid again.