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Top 100 Game Trends in 2015

From Haptic Gaming Gloves to Interactive Gaming Sneakers

— January 17, 2016 — Life-Stages
The 2015 game trends reveals how innovations from the gaming industry that are being used for purposes that go way above and beyond play.

Some of the most dominant patterns show how gamification is being used as a powerful tool for marketing, using entertainment to drive brand engagement. For instance, top players on the 'gameit' trivia app have the chance to win products from sponsors. Away from controllers, computers and consoles, for the Super Bowl early on in the year, Bud Light even challenged a fan to take on a real-life game of Pac-Man.

The rise of maker culture is also having a profound impact on the gaming industry. Examples like Crossbeams and programming toys like Code Kingdom demonstrate the way in which kids are now being driven to become creators of their own toys in addition to consumers.

Beyond an exploration of high-level topics like Programmable Play and Incentivized Gaming, the 2016 Trend Report forecasts the role of technology in the year ahead.
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Activity
Freshness
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Gaming Channel Expansions
Gaming Channel Expansions
The Machinima Many-to-Many Network Increases Its Base of Influence
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99
Anti-Cheating Computer Devices
Anti-Cheating Computer Devices
David Titarenco's Game:Ref Aims to Curb Gamer Mouse Hacks
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98
Hardcore Gaming Pads
Hardcore Gaming Pads
The Xbox One Elite Comes With Rearrangable Paddle Control
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97
Geology-Exploring Apps
Geology-Exploring Apps
This Children's App Teaches About Volcanos and Quakes Through Tactile Play
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96
Social Adventure Accounts
Social Adventure Accounts
This Twitter Account Initiates a Choose Your Own Adventure Game
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95
Gaming App-Building Services
Gaming App-Building Services
BuildBox Helps People With No Coding Knowledge to Build Gaming Apps
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94
Stamp Tourism Games
Stamp Tourism Games
'Stampions' Blends Netherlands Tourism with Digital Stamp Collecting
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93
Boozey Gamer Jewelry
Boozey Gamer Jewelry
The Zelda Flask Necklace Ensures You Never Have to Roam Sober
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92
Perceptive Social Apps
Perceptive Social Apps
GetYou Tests How Well You Think You Know Strangers
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91
Futuristic Video Games
Futuristic Video Games
The Halo 5: Guardians Game is Set In the Year 2558
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90
Medieval Board Games
Medieval Board Games
The Carcassone Board Game Retains Its Old-World Charm On Your iPhone and iPad
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89
Branded Trivia Apps
Branded Trivia Apps
gameit's Multiple Choice Quizzes Offer Discounts for Winners
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88
Story-Time Gadgets
Story-Time Gadgets
The StoryHome Facilitates Long-Distance Storytelling Among Families
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87
Nerdy Toy Subscription Boxes
Nerdy Toy Subscription Boxes
The Nerd Block Jr. Boys' Box Contains Various Action Figures and Toys
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86
Shapeshifting Gamepads
Shapeshifting Gamepads
The Grifta Gamepad Changes Size and Splits Into Two
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85
8-Bit Java Cans
8-Bit Java Cans
The DyDo Super Mario Coffee Puts Warp Pipes on Cups of Joe
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84
Educational Animation Apps
Educational Animation Apps
The 'Shapekit' App Helps Kids Learn by Creating Their Own Cartoons
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83
Haunted House Apps
Haunted House Apps
The 'Night Terrors' App is a Nightmarish Augmented Reality Game
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82
Mobile Nintendo Games
Mobile Nintendo Games
Nintendo is Working with DeNA to Create Original Experiences for Smartphones
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81
Immersive Input Devices
Immersive Input Devices
This Feet-Incorporating VR Controller Makes Gaming More Realistic
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80
Poetry-Exploring Video Games
Poetry-Exploring Video Games
This Educational Video Game Teaches Players About the Romantic Poets
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79
Toy-Building Toys
Toy-Building Toys
The Crossbeams Toy Can Be Used to Design and Build Original Toys
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78
Galactic Pinball Machines
Galactic Pinball Machines
This R2D2 Pinball Game Machine Doubles as a Coffee Table
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77
Movie-Inspired Game Apps
Movie-Inspired Game Apps
The Mean Girls Game Lets You Restore Peace as Mean Girl Characters
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76
Wooden Handheld Video Games
Wooden Handheld Video Games
The 'Pixel Vision' by Love Hulten is Crafted from Tough Walnut Wood
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75
All-Inclusive Gaming Systems
All-Inclusive Gaming Systems
The Alienware Steam Machine is a Customizable Gaming Platform
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74
Ultra-Smooth Gaming Monitors
Ultra-Smooth Gaming Monitors
The 34-Inch LG 34UM67 is Enticing Gamers At CES 2015
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73
Gamified Event Photography Apps
Gamified Event Photography Apps
Dudr is a Social Photo App That Lets Groups Share Images as a Game
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72
Hunger-Fighting Apps
Hunger-Fighting Apps
Hunger Crunch's Charity Game Staves Off Fictive & Real World Hunger
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71
Fitness-Encouraging Games
Fitness-Encouraging Games
The Zombie Game Gets People Healthy While Lowering Insurance Costs
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70
Pop Culture Video Games
Pop Culture Video Games
The Simpsons Minecraft Skin Pack Introduces Familiar Cartoon Characters
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69
Science-Based Educational Apps
Science-Based Educational Apps
Kiko Labs's Brain Training Games are Developed for Children
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68
Hybrid Gaming Laptops
Hybrid Gaming Laptops
The PlayBox Incorporates Playstation 4 and Xbox 360 Into a Single Laptop
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67
Alternate Reality Games
Alternate Reality Games
Schuh's Shops Are Portals for Google's Ingress Location-Based Game
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66
Secretive Gaming Campaigns
Secretive Gaming Campaigns
This Call of Duty Video Game Advertising Stunt Covertly Uses Snapchat
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65
Brain Tai Chi Apps
Brain Tai Chi Apps
This Relaxation App Was Designed Using EEG to Lull Users into a Calm State
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64
Disabled Fitness Games
Disabled Fitness Games
These Smart Should Pads Offers the Physically Impaired Gamified Exercise
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63
Entrepreneur Simulation Games
Entrepreneur Simulation Games
StartupAdventure is a Business Game Where You Choose Your Own Path
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62
Interactive 3D Screens
Interactive 3D Screens
Virtual Reality Display Lets You Simulate Dissections and Explore Spaces
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61
Smartphone Gaming Controllers
Smartphone Gaming Controllers
This Apple Gaming Controller Features a Familiar Portable Experience
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60
Affordable Gamer VR Headsets
Affordable Gamer VR Headsets
The Oculus Rift Consumer Edition Works with Xbox One Controller
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59
Robotics-Teaching Kits
Robotics-Teaching Kits
The Gadgets & Gizmos Kit is Designed For Young Makers
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58
Screen-Splitting Devices
Screen-Splitting Devices
Skreens Allows You to Play Games While Watching TV on the Same Screen
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57
Succulent-Gardening Games
Succulent-Gardening Games
The Viridi Video Game Allows Users to Nurture Plants and Watch Them Grow
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56
Superhero Laser Gloves
Superhero Laser Gloves
This Iron Man Laser Glove Shoots Lasers and Sounds Authentic
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55
Carbon-Infused LEGO Bricks
Carbon-Infused LEGO Bricks
The LEGO Ultra Agents Merge Physical and Digital Play
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54
Gamified Money-Saving Apps
Gamified Money-Saving Apps
This App Teaches Young Children About Financial Literacy
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53
Interactive Gaming Sneakers
Interactive Gaming Sneakers
The Skechers Damager for Boys Includes Built-In Entertainment
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52
Virtual Reality Gaming Headsets
Virtual Reality Gaming Headsets
The HTC Vive Lets You Walk Around In Your Virtual Reality Space
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51
Laptop Video Game Streaming
Laptop Video Game Streaming
Windows 10 Xbox One Streaming Doesn't Require Additional Hardware
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50
Eco Awareness Games
Eco Awareness Games
Koda Quest's Eco Game Blends Real Challenges with Caring for a Virtual Pet
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49
Flexible Phone Controllers
Flexible Phone Controllers
The I-KUE Portable Gaming Device Accommodates All Types of Handsets
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48
Immersive Scuba Diving Games
Immersive Scuba Diving Games
'Abzû' is a New Underwater Adventure Game Based on Ocean Exploration
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47
Martian Base-Building Games
Martian Base-Building Games
The Planetbase Game Requires You To Construct a Base On Mars
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46
High Capacity Consoles
High Capacity Consoles
This Special Edition PS4 Comes with One Terabyte of Storage Space
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45
Potion-Brewing Board Games
Potion-Brewing Board Games
The Alchemists Game Requires Players to Invent Magic Potions
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44
Vintage Video Game Adapters
Vintage Video Game Adapters
This Device Lets Users Play Retro Video Games on Their Phone
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43
Motion-Controlled VR Lightsabers
Motion-Controlled VR Lightsabers
The Sixense STEM Allows People to Channel Their Inner Jedi
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42
Web-Based Party Games
Web-Based Party Games
Cards Against Originality Lets You Play the Popular Party Game Online
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41
8-Bit Subscription Services
8-Bit Subscription Services
'My Retro Game Box' Makes It Easy to Stock Up on Classic Video Games
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40
Minion-Like Coding Robots
Minion-Like Coding Robots
These Kids' Robots Come with a Connected App to Teach Users How to Code
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39
Curved Computer Displays
Curved Computer Displays
HP's 'Envy' Boasts a Wide 34-Inch Curved Screen with Incredible Graphics
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38
Interactive Game Projectors
Interactive Game Projectors
The Lumo Interactive Projector Turns Kids' Rooms Into Playgrounds
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37
Gamified Productivity Apps
Gamified Productivity Apps
The QUEST App Promises to Help 'Level Up Your Life'
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36
4D Sci-Fi Theme Parks
4D Sci-Fi Theme Parks
The 'Mass Effect' Video Game Trilogy is Becoming a Thrilling Attraction Park
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35
Haptic Gaming Gloves
Haptic Gaming Gloves
This Haptic Glove Lets Gamers Feel Virtual Objects
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34
Bulletproof Playing Cards
Bulletproof Playing Cards
These Cards by Sly Kly are Made From 100 Percent Carbon Fiber
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33
Educational Hacker Tookits
Educational Hacker Tookits
Piper Teaches Kids Hardware Development Using Video Game Minecraft
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32
Patience Evaluation Games
Patience Evaluation Games
Interparcel Offers a Way to Test Your Patience Online
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31
Gaming Character Apparel
Gaming Character Apparel
Moschino's 'Super Mario Collection' is Colorful and Bizarre
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30
Android TV Consoles
Android TV Consoles
Nvidia Shield is a Sharp, Slim and Minimalist Piece of Technology
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29
Device-Charging Benches
Device-Charging Benches
Croatia's 'Solarna E-klupa' Outdoor Bench Charges Mobile Technology
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28
Virtual Reality Suits
Virtual Reality Suits
The Tesla Suit Simulates Full-Body Touch, Climate Control and Motion Capture
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27
Virtual Reality Handsets
Virtual Reality Handsets
The Oculus Touch Controller Turns Virtual Worlds Tactile
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26
Wearable Hologram Games
Wearable Hologram Games
Microsoft's Project X-Ray is the Future of Immersive Gaming
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25
Gesture-Controlling Rings
Gesture-Controlling Rings
This Smart Ring Allows Users to Control Games with Just Their Fingers
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24
Video Game Replica Cars
Video Game Replica Cars
The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is a Real Version of a Virtual Race Car
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23
Innovative Gaming Tablets
Innovative Gaming Tablets
A 10-Inch Curved Screen Establishes an Immersive Play Experience
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22
Gaming-Inspired Recipe Books
Gaming-Inspired Recipe Books
This Video Game Cookbook by Holly Green Makes Virtual Dishes Real
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21
Armored Girl Gamer Headgear
Armored Girl Gamer Headgear
The Metroid Samus Helmet Guarantees Comic-Con Costume Contest Wins
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20
Pocket Virtual Reality Headsets
Pocket Virtual Reality Headsets
Moggles is a Portable Solution that Works with Smartphones
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19
8-Bit Camera Guns
8-Bit Camera Guns
Dmitry Morozov Creates a Fun Way to Take Photos and Instantly Print Them
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18
Member-Only Gamer Communities
Member-Only Gamer Communities
The Rockstar Games Social Club Enhances and Extends the Experience
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17
Slimmed-Down Gaming Laptops
Slimmed-Down Gaming Laptops
The New Alienware Laptops Made Their Debut At CES 2015
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16
Bubble-Popping Promotions
Bubble-Popping Promotions
This Dragon Quest Video Game Marketing Stunt Features a Slime Wall
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15
Gamer Subscription Services
Gamer Subscription Services
Loot Crate Delivers Monthly Boxes of Geeky Swag of Video Game Lovers
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14
Extreme Gaming Smartphones
Extreme Gaming Smartphones
The Acer Predator 6 was Specially Designed with Gamers in Mind
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13
Rapid-Fire Toy Guns
Rapid-Fire Toy Guns
The 'Rival' NERF Guns Shoot Foam Balls at 70 MPH
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12
Video Game-Scented Candles
Video Game-Scented Candles
This Delightful Collection of Themed Candles Will Appeal to Gamers
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11
Blade-Shaped Gaming Computers
Blade-Shaped Gaming Computers
The CyberPower Trinity Has a Triple-Blade Design
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10
Playful Programming Games
Playful Programming Games
Code Kingdom Teaches Coding for Children Through Play
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9
Wearable Headphone Screens
Wearable Headphone Screens
The Mask Personal Movie Theater by Dashbon is Extremely Portable
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8
Video Game-Themed Apartments
Video Game-Themed Apartments
Super Mario-Inspired Decor Explodes onto Every Inch of This Apartment
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7
Live Gaming Stunts
Live Gaming Stunts
Bud Light Challenged a Fan to a Real Life Pac-Man Game
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6
Child Coding Playsets
Child Coding Playsets
Cubetto Introduces Programming Basics to Kids with a Robot
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5
Computer Game Cartons
Computer Game Cartons
This Pacman Packaging Concept Was Made to Be Playful and Interactive
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4
Modernly Retro Video Games
Modernly Retro Video Games
The 'Game Boy 1up' Handheld Console by Florian Renner is Geeky
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3
Concealed Arcade Cabinets
Concealed Arcade Cabinets
Pixelkabinett 42 is a Cleverly Hidden Home Arcade System
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2
Extreme Concept Hypercars
Extreme Concept Hypercars
The Tomahawk VGT Will Rip It Up in the Vision Gran Turismo Video Game
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1
Professional Gamer Cafes
Professional Gamer Cafes
The Alienware Internet Cafe in China is Like Entering the Matrix
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