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What will 2014 bring to gaming?

Posted on 1/8/2014 by with 3 comments

What will 2014 bring to gaming?

That’s a question I would really like to know. This time of the year there are so many fluff pieces asking this same question all over the internet it’s only a matter of time that Google would take the reins of this have all the prediction posts de-listed. Yeah right!

Free to Play?

The easiest thing for me to predict, if this is a prediction is that more pay to play games will go the free to play route. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of the bigger games on the market goes free to play.

With freedom of Free to Play to jump from game to game this has to be looked at for all new online games being released. Plus the game companies are making a mint sell in-game items, in most cases more than subscriptions bring.

So without a doubt this will continue in 2014.

Half-life 3

With steam machines just around the corner what would make it sweet is if Valve could get Half-Life 3 done to really show off the new system. Valve would be foolish not to try to get an optimized version of Half-Life 3 running on their creation first.

I know that there are a lot of us waiting for the announcement of Half-life 3, just hope it comes sooner than later.

A major Kickstarter project failure?

As much as I love indie games and I always try to support them and much as I can, you can see this coming. It’s a matter of time that a major pay for alpha game goes kaput, before very much is to show for.

There are so many thing to worry about besides making the game when a load of cash is dropped on you to complete a game. I really hope this doesn’t happen, but a lot of times in this world are mismanaged.

Tablet integration.

As we see more and more AAA game being released in the New Year you will see more apps that run hand in hand with the pc game. Whether it is only so you can look at the map on tablet while you play or an inventory system.

I think these can be great feature if properly put though and is something I’ m really looking forward to in the future.

I’m not really good at predicting the future, but those are just a few of things I can see coming down the road sometime soon.

So today I ask you, What will 2014 bring to gaming?

3 responses to What will 2014 bring to gaming?

  1. On January 9th, 2014 at 4:38 am , geekoutsw said...

    Oculus Rift getting a major look at. That is my prediction this year, what with monsterous backing from Kickstarter and a name like John Carmack.

    The dev builds have been a hit and people last year were all over YouTube with them.

    My other prediction is that Ouya will start to become a potentially serious contender, once the bad air over the initial management has blown over. They simply were shocked by volume of orders, but if alternative theories exist on that, by all means, tell me. I kind of want an Ouya! 😛

  2. On January 9th, 2014 at 9:41 am , Chris said...

    Oculus Rift should be amazing, I hope to this make gains later this year also.

    Ouya is an interesting platform, you are right about the management problems. I would like to see this do well, but I think we have a lot of people waiting for something to wow them with money being tight and that’s not a bad thing.

    Thanks for your comments

  3. On January 9th, 2014 at 2:50 pm , catchersrule said...

    You know, this is a question I’ve been pondering myself. January’s the quiet month for dev news or new things coming out so it’s difficult to tell what’s up. I see some Xbox stuff being advertised on TV, of course, and Playstation has a couple things going as well. As for PC games though, I have to poke around for news and am not seeing much.

    Starbound’s looking interesting, I have to say, just from beta-testing it. Ambitious, has a lot of good things going for it.

    Wyldstar I think was going to come out this year or next; the stuff I’ve heard and read about it intrigues me a little.

    Then there’s Elder Scrolls Online – who knows what’s up with that one. I don’t think the devs are being sensible when they’re so tight-lipped about what they’re doing. I only know some things about it because my husband beta-tested some of it.

    And, well, there’s the continuation of some other games that have just been around. Like Terraria – the devs of that indie game started doing stuff with it again last fall, and it’s looking interesting. Something about aliens and volcanoes is apparently in the works. Or LOTRO from the MMO market – they just released Helms Deep, and I’ve heard more or less good reviews from other players. Guild Wars II is, I think, one to watch this year; like it or lump it, they have a very interesting idea with their “living world” strategy. I’ve been logging in every so often to see what new stuff is going on, and am not disappointed. I think if other devs decide to try this out, that would be amazing. But that’s my opinion.

    Regardless, I think you’re absolutely right about the F2P stuff. I’ve wondered if WoW will ever try that one; maybe when they get down to 1000 subscribers?

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