Top Five: Changes in Global Gaming

American Tablets and Cells are getting into the game

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With tablets and smartphones getting more and more popular every year, more developers are developing for gamers on the go. Tablet gaming is America’s fastest growing market segment, and Forbes magazine expects the global growth rate of tablet gaming to increase by almost another 50 percent by 2016.


The Nintendo 3DS has taken over Japan

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Beyond phones and tablets, the Nintendo 3DS and handheld gaming systems like it have become massively successful, especially in Japan. Eight of Japan’s top ten best selling games were made for the Nintendo 3DS, the best year for Nintendo and handheld gaming in years for Japan. The 3DS fever has even come to the U.S., where Smash Bros. and Pokémon X/Y made the top ten of 2014 despite America’s otherwise console-centric market.


International Indie Gaming

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Not many markets can keep up with the major game developers based in the U.S., Japan, or Europe, but indie studios and games have been popping up all over the world. Fez (pictured below) from the U.S., Dimension Dive is being made in Holland, Penumbra: Overture came from Sweden, Pesadelo from Brazil, Replanet from Jordan, Antichamber from Australia, etc., all of which have or will make it to major gaming retailers.

Indie gaming has become so prevalent around the world that websites like IndieGoGo.com and Kickstarter have pages dedicated to sending donations to developing indie studios around the world.


Companions from Coast to Coast

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Whether the game IS indie or mainstream though, a game is best enjoyed in the company of friends. It seems like every year more multiplayer games are released, and every year more games have lobbies both local and overseas. The days of the lonely gamer are over, and with social games like World of Warcraft, Street Fighter, and Rust that allow you to select lobbies on the other side of the world. The gaming communities have never been more international.


Champions from around the World

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These international community, besides coming together via the internet, are also traveling the world to attend tournaments like EVO, PAX, or ComiCon. Daigo Umehara has represented the Japanese fighting game community at tournaments for years now just as has Ryan Ramirez, better known by his moniker “Filipino Champ,” has done the same for the Philippines. Japan is famous for fighting games, Korea and China train pro League of Legends and StarCraft players, North America has famed Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Madden players, while Latin America dominates the Fifa series. Each country has its own pros and talents, and gaming is becoming more of an international community every year because of it.

Facts, numbers, and statistics from IGN and Kotaku.com


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  1. I really enjoyed reading this article. It was very informative and very intriguing as well. I’m glad you added all of the hyperlinks too because those pages were a great contribution to the information you had already included in the article. With how visually pleasing it is and all of the fascinating written content.

  2. It’s just interesting to read about something that I have no knowledge of and still have it make sense! It’s cool to see that people want to support small companies through kickstarter and other websites. I think the future of gaming sounds huge and it will be fun to see where the industry is in five years.

  3. very interesting article! I have zero knowledge of any type of gaming so this was very informative! 

  4. I don’t know much about gaming, but I can tell you obviously do! There is something about reading literature written with passion that instantly makes you wanna learn more or even try it out, and that’s what this piece exemplifies. I love that gaming can bring together communities, regardless of where you are locating in the world! Good work! 

  5. Great article! I write a lot about sports and like sports, gaming can bridge language and cultural gaps. It’s also cool to read about gaming since I don’t know much about it.

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