Update (see according section)
Hockey Glory’s THQ vulturefest prediction and Wii U Super Meh.
Just like Nostradamus, the GamerVets have our own gaming predictions and expectations for 2013. Who will be right, who will be wrong? Do we even really know anything at all? What’s your gaming predictions for 2013?
Next gen consoles will be here before Christmas… and I won’t buy anything until they sort out the usual bugs, hardware issues and glitches. Let the early adopters beta test it for me before I decide which console to get. You can be that Fanboyism will be at an all time high at this point.
Say goodbye to motion gaming (at least for core gamers) … Other than crappy tacked on things like voice command which I bet almost no one uses, it’ll be left for dance and fitness games. That’s it. Speaking of motion gaming. when’s the last time you’ve seen a PlayStation Move commercial?
There will be ONE game that will blow everyone away…and it won’t be some sequel. What game is it? My crystal ball is a bit hazy at the moment but one can dream can’t they?
The slow death of the Wii U. Nintendo failed to generate the same kind of buzz for the WiiU as they did with the Wii as there were no stock shortages or wild demand for it over the holidays. Hockey Glory learned this first hand. The casuals already have the Wii gathering dust and don’t feel like getting burned again. The “core gamers” are waiting for a NEXT gen console, not a NOW gen console. I haven’t been a fan of Nintendo since they refused to show blood in Mortal Kombat on the SNES when I was a kid and always relish in their misfortune!
GTA 5 will not be that great. There I said it. Maybe it’s just me but has there really been much change to the series? Same clunky third person controls, movement and even worse shooting mechanic. The most recent trailers show the typical storylines. Also, I still don’t get why people get so excited over cut scenes. I think it’s time Rockstar takes a risk for once rather than rehash things over and over. Oh and you can bet that there will tons of perfect 10s thrown around by the usual game reviewers. Guaranteed.
Bet the farm on these:
Wii U = Super Meh. The Wii pirates landed on Gaming Island 6 years ago and promised locals entertainment they could never imagine. The locals got on their knees and believed every word offering them sacrifices and gold. Everyone from newborns to the 99 year old town elder jumped on board. The pirates took all they could and sailed away 2 years ago never looking back. Their pirate brothers sailing in the S.S. Wii U got word of these gullible islanders and just arrived expecting to pillage the lemmings again.
Not this time. The locals learned quick and many aren’t giving them anything. Not even the broken tip of a spear is worth giving.
Side attractions fail. While main attractions vaguely called Xbox 720 and PS4 are the talk of the town, there are many entrepreneurs trying to make a quick buck. These sideshows are called Ouya, Nvidia Shield, Steam Box and Razer Edge. They are cheap, gimmicky and only for certain audiences. Expect them to open up in a town near you sometime in 2013 or 2014. If interested, act quick because they will close up shop soon after.
Man down. Vultures attack. THQ is toast, but that doesn’t mean junk is destined for eternity at the landfill. Like any opportunist, vultures pick away at the pile of trash at the curb. If you see a vulture named EA, Activision or UBI thank them for keeping it from the junk yard. But be weary, since they might turn it into their own creation called The Annual Rehash.
Update: Ding ding ding!. Well, I didn’t name all the publishers, but it looks like THQ got chopped into pieces. UBI picked up THQ Montreal and the South Park game.
Flip a coin my good man:
There’s an old saying… “a man who has too much has nothing.” Ok, I’m not sure if that’s a real saying, but it’s one of those moronic proverbs my dad would probably say. And that dad could be named 2K Sports. See, they tried to hoard something called Major League Baseball. But too much candy means a bellyache. Luckily, they’ve decided to give up on their mound of sweets, so their hated neighbour called EA Sports might come by and take some. They will tell everyone in 2013 it’s called MVP Baseball and share it in 2014.
The MMO dating game. Consoles don’t like MMO. And MMO don’t like consoles. On paper they look compatible, but some reason they don’t click. But they will finally go out on a date next generation. Then another and another. Suddenly, they can’t be without each other and will have many kids. Then they will have too many and the parents can’t handle them all. The smart ones prosper. The hapless ones leave the house and are never seen again.
Better chance of an orgy with a calendar of Penthouse Pets:
I want it all. Game makers have a funny personality. On one hand, they want everyone to pay them for their services, yet the provider of many of their customers come from these mean guys called “retailers.” These guys will try to make a buck any way they can by selling new and used stuff and don’t mind people trading in gear so they can buy more new and used stuff. One retailer oddly called GameStop sells about $10 billion worth of products a year with about three quarters of it being new gear.
And despite most other retailers only selling new gear, game makers still have the intense urge to have it all by wanting to lock out the evil entity called “used games.”
But don’t worry, it’s all a dream. When they wake up they will realize a $30 used game for 8 year old Timmy is a-ok. A drop in the bucket compared to the $12,000 used Toyota they drive to work. But when they go back to sleep in the year 2020 before next next gen, they will dream about evil used games again.
- What should happen: More games will utilize Xbox SmartGlass to display things like current objectives, maps, inventory, etc. allowing users to utilize their tablets/phones as another means of interaction.
- What will happen: Only Microsoft-published games will use SmartGlass, and it’ll be limited to showing stats or maps. Zzzzz…
- What should happen: Nintendo’s WiiU will surprise gamers with innovative, third-party games.
- What will happen: Aside from first party Nintendo games and exclusives, we’ll see a lot of rehashed multiplatform games that shoehorn some sort of tablet functionality. This will likely be due to the Wii U’s super-low install base. Move along folks…
- What should happen: Publishers will continue to push the envelope for current gen, with new game concepts like Last of Us and Watch Dogs.
- What will happen: In an effort to save new IP for next gen, we’ll see a larger concentration of sequels in the next two years. They’ll be great sequels, but sequels nonetheless
- What should happen: Motion gaming will continue to improve as developers become more accustomed with the technology.
- What will happen: Hello Dance Central 4 and Just Dance 5.
- What should happen: Steam, Ouya and Nvidia will become big players in next gen console wars with their own consoles based on cloud-based gaming.
- What will happen: PC gamers will continue to thumb their noses at anything resembling a console; console gamers will stick to their tried-and-true PS/Xbox consoles; kids and their parents will still play Nintendo, but will have no idea WTF an Ouya is; truly hardcore gamers own all the consoles and a constantly evolving PC rig anyway so what’s the point of a cloud gaming box?
- What should happen: In an effort to quell used-game sales, Microsoft and Sony will continue looking into cloud based gaming (at a small discount from retail), but will also offer traditional disc-based games to purchase.
- What will happen: Backlash from gamers about cloud gaming and DRM will put this on hold, but you better believe that the tech will be incorporated in the new consoles, in case they ever decide to flip the switch. In the meantime, we’ll see quicker price reductions on games from the publishers, as well as more DRM-type unlocked content.
- What should happen: After the success that several game developers have had with the crowdfunding service Kickstarter, more indie developers will see the light and create innovative games using this approach.
What will happen: While we’ll see more Kickstarter projects leading to good games, we’ll also see a crapload of garbage projects by con artists who want to make a quick buck while delivering substandard products… Think of them as lesser versions of Activision and EA!