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Trends in Game Design

A game designer works to create previously unexplored levels of game entertainment. Great game designers stay one step ahead of gamers. They are already developing what the next best thing will be that will hit the gaming world.

Looking at the latest gaming trends can give gamers an idea of what developers are working on.

Here is an overview of the latest game trends:

Massive Multiplayer Worlds

One of the biggest game design trends is massive multiplayer worlds. There are many current game designs that utilize this type of system and many more in the works. These games are massive undertakings for game designers, and work on these games doesn't necessarily end once the games are released. There are always expansions, patches, mini games, and events within the game that can be added to enhance game play and keep interest level high. Not only do gamers develop an emotional connection to their characters - but the game developers develop an emotional connection to their never-ending games.

Indie Games

A recent trend is showing that gamers have a lot of devotion for independent games, or indie games. These are games manufactured by independent game makers rather than the big box labels. Some games can be downloaded to PCs and some consoles. Independent labels have put out impressive games at affordable prices.

Open World Designs

One of the more interesting and difficult trends in new games is known as the open world concept. What this means is that players are no longer bound by the limits of where the game allows them - but they can explore the landscape and interact with objects and characters on a new, more complex, level. This can be a challenge at times, incredibly mundane at times, and completely engrossing at other times.

Cell Phone Games

One last trend worth mentioning is the recent trend towards designing games for cell phones. Cell phone games are becoming a mad addiction for many cell phone users. The games are much smaller than traditional console or PC games, but they come at a much lower cost and require fewer extras to keep them interesting since the screens are so small. This opens the door for more careers and opportunities for the smaller gaming companies to make larger splashes and get their names known within the gaming community.


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