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Future Gaming is Family Gaming

Gaming is mainstream and growing, this is obvious to most video game enthusiasts. Even Jack Thompson has failed in taking down the industry in his efforts on video game violence and general FUD. In order to survive in a mainstream environment publishers and developers are going to target a broad demographic to make them as much money as possible.

Soon we'll start seeing more spouses changing their tune from, "games are stupid" to "let me try." As one of our podcast hosts found in episode 95 of our Gaming Podcast during his review of LittleBigPlanet, his wife pulled the controller from his hands to give the game a try and… liked it. As member ATC 1982 found when trying the Kingdom of Keflings demo, the family might actually like the game which could, in turn, cause him to purchase it.

Mainstream isn't your dad playing a video game in the basement after the kids go to bed, it's replacing Sorry with Spore and bringing out Wii Sports and having little family tournaments.

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shqype3317d ago

This is absolutely correct for many families. As the video-gamer generations begin having families and children of their own, they will share their hobbies with their sons and daughters. It will bring families together. With the expansion of the casual market, this can be only a positive thing. Games like LittleBigPlanet, Singstar, and Buzz! Quiz TV are great family and party games that families would enjoy.

JonahFalcon3317d ago

I don't have a family of my own yet, but Rock Band 2 is great for family get togethers.

CEO OF N4G3316d ago

I am sorry but if devs start to focus on this so called "FAMILY GAMING" more than hardcore gaming then i will be one pissed of gamer....

bloop3316d ago

......I agree completely. I don't have a problem with these family orientated games, as long as we don't start getting the likes of "Super Gears of War Kart".

rmedtx8883316d ago (Edited 3316d ago )

One of my co-workers recently got a PS3 and I recommended buying LittleBigPlanet and he bought it. Well, now his wife who's not a video game player, started playing the game and she's not letting him play. Shame on you Sackboy for causing marital problems....

Fishy Fingers3316d ago

Id recommend getting a second pad.

P3316d ago

LittleBigPlanet is the future of gaming,I'm already hearing whispers of EA making a game quite similar to it

RAF-TECH3316d ago

I got bored of little Big Planet.
Overhyped in my opinion....

and trust me... I've played a lot of user created content.

No FanS Land3316d ago

NOOO!! Though I like LBP, I don't want any wii party game to become the standard! These games are actually abusing people's mind. You want to reunite your family? then play a scrabble game, not a halo match.

as long as there is still one or more hardcore machine, there is still hope...

Fishy Fingers3316d ago (Edited 3316d ago )

Gears, 2 million copies first weekend, Halo/Fallout $300million first week. The "hardcore" game is going nowhere, just that the shelves will have more variety in future, which can't be a bad thing.

InMyOpinion3316d ago

I'd say future gaming is multiplayer gaming with emphasis on user created content and other forms of online integration for gamers.

No FanS Land3316d ago

you're right about user creted content. this year really was the breakthrough year for it.

spore
LBP
GHWT

who's next?

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