Even the most committed gamers can sometimes find themselves stuck in a rut.
Often it’s a case of stubbornly sticking to the same console or game genre, or just failing to find inspiration in new titles. (The latter frequently happens in a world of cynical re-releases marketed as “special editions!”)
If you’ve reached that stage where deciding what to play next can feel as frustrating as choosing something worthwhile to binge-watch on Netflix, perhaps it’s time to shake things up a bit and try something a bit different? With that in mind, here are a few trends you may wish to jump on.
The Return of Nintendo
Nintendo is a brand that divides opinion. Often cynically dismissed by PlayStation and Xbox gamers as a company that makes “games for kids”, Nintendo may sometimes be ignored by the younger hardcore gamers, perhaps more readily than is fair.
However, after the huge flop that was the Wii U, Nintendo’s fortunes are turning, with the Nintendo Switch selling more than 1 million units in Japan alone within just four months of its release.
If you’re a Nintendo fan, the Switch will obviously already be on your radar, but if you’re one of those who tends to turn your nose up at “The Big N,” perhaps it’s time for a second look. With Legend of Zelda: Breath of the World boasting a rating of 97 on Metacritic (and a coveted 10/10 from us), a huge Mario Kart title already available, and Mario Odyssey on the way in time for the holiday season, those arguments about Nintendo not being suited to hardcore gamers seem increasingly weak.
New Developments in Online Poker
Many people play online poker regularly, and online gaming revenues continue to increase every year. However, you may be one of those people who only dips in and out of the scene.
If so, you may well be unaware of how much online poker has moved on in recent years. Most significantly, it’s moved on in ways that can make it a lot more interesting and absorbing than it once was. For some, the inability to see the other people playing takes away some of the psychology aspect of the game, but that’s no longer a problem with the availability of webcam poker, which allows you to stare into the eyes of your opponents.
There are also new poker game styles like 888poker’s “SNAP” format, which are made for those who are a little impatient – allowing you to move straight on to another hand as soon as you decide to fold. If you’ve not played online poker for a while, there’s loads of new stuff out there to get involved in.
Smartphone Virtual Reality
If you want to check in on the progress of VR gaming, but can’t stretch to the necessary budget for an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vibe, an alternative is to slot your smartphone into a headset and be wowed by the VR experiences available at a far lower cost.
Samsung has already sold more than 4.5 million VR headsets for its smartphones. If you already have one of their phones, a very small investment will give you all you need to join the VR revolution, and help you decide whether to start saving your money for a full-blown virtual reality rig.
There’s no need to remain stuck in a gaming rut. Why not break out of your comfort zone and give something new a try? All of these ideas already have literally millions of fans – you could be the next.