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Top 100 Game Trends in 2016

From Pokémon Contact Lenses to Moral-Testing Online Games

— January 29, 2017 — Tech
Considering the immense popularity of Pokémon GO this past summer, it's no surprise that brands have been following suit with a variety of augmented reality adventures included in these 2016 game trends.

Virtual reality has been implemented in newfound ways as well. An example of this is 'VR Shoot,' a first-person battle experience that allows players to wander a room in search of their formidable enemies. 'Wands' uses similar technology, however it's situated online to facilitate more interactive play. Rather than fighting with guns, players battle fellow wizards with magic, casting spells on one another in an arena until a winner is declared. For those looking to do a little good while they entertain themselves, there's 'PacMan Vs. Hunger,' an adaptation of the classic arcade game that converts top scores to food and donates it to charities.

Also included in these 2016 game trends are remote control bumper cars, exercise bikes that facilitate online play and even video game diapers.To see what's coming up in 2017, take a look at our 2017 Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Video Game-Improving Drives
Video Game-Improving Drives
The Seagate 512GB SSD Game Drive for Xbox One is Versatile
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99
Curated Gaming Apps
Curated Gaming Apps
The Halo PC App Offers Curated Community and Discovery Features
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98
Lifetime Video Game Bans
Lifetime Video Game Bans
Pokemon GO will Issue Lifetime Bans to Users Who Are Discovered Cheating
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97
Lucid Gaming Headphones
Lucid Gaming Headphones
The LucidSound LS30 Headphones Prioritize Comfort
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96
Cybersecurity Series Games
Cybersecurity Series Games
'Mr. Robot: 1.51exfiltratiOn.apk' is an App Based on the Popular Show
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95
Stationary Gaming Platforms
Stationary Gaming Platforms
The 3DRudder VR Edition R5 Blends Technologies at CES 2016
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94
Wizardly VR Shooting Games
Wizardly VR Shooting Games
The 'Wands' Game Lets Players Battle with Magic Spells Online
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93
Multiplayer VR Consoles
Multiplayer VR Consoles
The Modal VR Can Simultaneously Process Ten Players' Gestures and Actions
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92
Authentic Food Games
Authentic Food Games
Chipotle's 'A Love Story' Challenges Players to Avoid Additives
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91
Virtual Reality Gloves
Virtual Reality Gloves
The Manus Glove Kits are Wearable Controllers for Simulated Experiences
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90
Stripped-Down Gaming Keyboards
Stripped-Down Gaming Keyboards
The Black Widow X Keyboard Features a Unique Naked Aesthetic
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89
Compacted Classic Game Systems
Compacted Classic Game Systems
The 'NES Classic Edition' comes with 30 Built-In Vintage Games
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88
Tech-Enhanced Tennis Tables
Tech-Enhanced Tennis Tables
The Table Tennis Trainer is an Interactive Digital Game of Ping Pong
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87
Retro Racing Mobile Games
Retro Racing Mobile Games
The Super Mario Run Rebrands the Nintendo Universe for Smartphones
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86
Anime-Themed Phone Chargers
Anime-Themed Phone Chargers
This Pokeball Charger Helps Pokemon Go Players' Battery Life
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85
Time-Traveling VR Games
Time-Traveling VR Games
The Time Machine VR Game will Take Users Back to the Jurassic Era
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84
Anime Gaming Battery Cases
Anime Gaming Battery Cases
The Pokedex Battery Allows For Longer Pokemon GO Sessions
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83
Japanese-Style Arcade Games
Japanese-Style Arcade Games
This Fighting Game Takes Players Through a Series of Intense Battles
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82
Automated AI Chess Boards
Automated AI Chess Boards
The 'Square Off' Chess Board Lets Users Play Online Opponents or Alone
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81
Virtual Stock Games
Virtual Stock Games
The Vestly App Hosts Stock Trading Contests Where Players Win Real Money
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80
Real-Time Driving Games
Real-Time Driving Games
In a Moving Car, 'Mr. Bear Driver' Teaches Kids to Follow Traffic Rules
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79
Supernatural Teenage Games
Supernatural Teenage Games
The Oxenfree Game is a Unique Coming-Of-Age Adventure
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78
Mars Exploration Games
Mars Exploration Games
NASA's 'Mars 2030' Brings the Red Planet to Earth Through VR Missions
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77
Hunger-Fighting Video Games
Hunger-Fighting Video Games
'PacMan Vs. Hunger' Uses a Classic Game to Support a Good Cause
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76
Smartphone Gaming Controllers
Smartphone Gaming Controllers
The Nintendo Controller is Being Remodeled to Incorporate iPhones
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75
Extreme Gamer Smartphones
Extreme Gamer Smartphones
The ASUS 'Z2 POSEIDON' is a Powerful Smartphone Concept for Gamers
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74
Retro-Fitted Gaming Consoles
Retro-Fitted Gaming Consoles
This USB Gaming Console Brings Modern Conveniences to Retro Gaming
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73
Educational Game Tables
Educational Game Tables
This Arcade Game Table Uses Raspberry Pi Technology
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72
Portable Gaming Consoles
Portable Gaming Consoles
This Portable Console Makes the Xbox One Experience Slimmer
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71
Tactile VR Headsets
Tactile VR Headsets
Millbox Touch is a Virtual Reality Headset Design with Finger Controls
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70
Urban Planning Games
Urban Planning Games
The Block'hood Video Game Encourages Thinking About Sustainable Growth
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69
HD Gaming Headsets
HD Gaming Headsets
The Mad Catz TRITTON Katana HD 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset is Powerful
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68
All-in-One Gaming Monitors
All-in-One Gaming Monitors
The Maingear Alpha 34 Gaming Desktop Provides an Immersive Experience
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67
Space-Expanding VR Structures
Space-Expanding VR Structures
'Unlimited Corridor' Creates the Illusion of Walking Long Distances
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66
Curved Gaming Laptops
Curved Gaming Laptops
The Acer Predator 21 X Game Laptop Features a Sculpted Screen Design
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65
Affordable Touchscreen Tables
Affordable Touchscreen Tables
La Table Kineti Lets Consumers Use Their Coffee Table as a Computer
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64
Compact Gaming PCs
Compact Gaming PCs
The MSI Vortex Tower Gaming PC was Unveiled at CES 2016
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63
Superhero Special Edition Consoles
Superhero Special Edition Consoles
The Iron Man Xbox One is Inspired by Stark Industries
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62
Underground Gaming Events
Underground Gaming Events
PlayStation's Pop-Up Let Fans Play VR Games Before Its Headset Release
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61
Augmented Reality Rock Climbs
Augmented Reality Rock Climbs
The Time Trial Experience Offers a Gamified Projection of the Sport
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60
Remote Control Bumper Cars
Remote Control Bumper Cars
The 'Galaxy Zega' Toys Pit Miniature Tanks Against One Another
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59
Lapboard Gaming Peripherals
Lapboard Gaming Peripherals
The Razer 'Turret' Gaming Mouse and Keyboard is for Couch Gaming
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58
Breakaway Electronic Stores
Breakaway Electronic Stores
eMart's In-Store 'Electro Mart' Now Exists as a Standalone Location
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57
DIY Crossover Consoles
DIY Crossover Consoles
Anthony Thomas Turned the Nintendo DS into a Giant Game Boy
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56
DIY Arcade Machines
DIY Arcade Machines
This Arcade Machine is Made Using a Raspberry Pi 2 Computer
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55
3D-Printed Game Pieces
3D-Printed Game Pieces
These DIY Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures Can Be Printed at Home
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54
Golden Video Game Consoles
Golden Video Game Consoles
The Analogue Nt is an NES with a 24-Karat Gold Exterior
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53
Climate Change Video Games
Climate Change Video Games
'ECO' is an Environmental Game for Children by Strange Loop Games
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52
Animated Drawing Apps
Animated Drawing Apps
The Osmo Monster App Brings a Kid's Drawings to Life with Digital Reality
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51
Sleep-Inducing Games
Sleep-Inducing Games
This New Sleep Game Helps to Enhance the Quality and Quantity of Sleep
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50
Horror Video Game Diapers
Horror Video Game Diapers
Red Barrels' 'Underscares' Help Out Users Play the 'Outlast' Horror Game
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49
Educational Cryptography Games
Educational Cryptography Games
PocketBlock Teaches Adolescents About the Details of Cryptography
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48
TV-Connected Illuminators
TV-Connected Illuminators
The 'DreamScreen' LED Backlighting System Syncs with TV Content
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47
Portable PC Gaming Systems
Portable PC Gaming Systems
The Corsair Lapdog Makes Gaming from the Couch Streaminlined
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46
Futuristic Gaming Laptops
Futuristic Gaming Laptops
The New Razer Blade Laptop Offers Next-Level Gaming Perforance
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45
Portable VR Desktop Computers
Portable VR Desktop Computers
This Lenovo Computer's Hardware is Stuffed Into a 2K Monitor
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44
Smart Gaming Mouses
Smart Gaming Mouses
The SteelSeries Rival 700 is Unveiled as the First Smart Mouse at CES 2016
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43
Wearable Gaming Platforms
Wearable Gaming Platforms
The SuperSuit Takes Laser Tag Gear to New, Smart and Heroic Heights
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42
Laser Warfare Drones
Laser Warfare Drones
These Star War Drones Let You Engage In Epic Dogfights
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41
Smart Alphabet Toys
Smart Alphabet Toys
These Classic Wooden Letters Teach via iPad Apps
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40
Adult Anime Apps
Adult Anime Apps
The App Lets You Enjoy a Modified Version Of Pokemon For Adults
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39
3D-Printed Tabletop Games
3D-Printed Tabletop Games
Masterwork Tools Launched an Open-Source Collection of Scenery and Tools
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38
Educational Flashcard Apps
Educational Flashcard Apps
Tinycards Expands on the Concept of Flashcards by Making Them Digital
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37
Hands-On Digital Learning Games
Hands-On Digital Learning Games
The 'Toyji' Smart Toy is an Educational Game for Ages Three and Up
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36
Bionic Gaming Hands
Bionic Gaming Hands
The Deux Ex Arm Turns the Virtual Cyberpunk Universe into a Gaming Accessory
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35
Game-Continuing Wearables
Game-Continuing Wearables
This Official Pokemon Go Wristband Allows Wearers to Play On the Go
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34
Intergalactic Multiplayer Games
Intergalactic Multiplayer Games
This Star Wars Arcade Game Features a Fully-Immersive Cockpit
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33
Gamified AR Climbing Walls
Gamified AR Climbing Walls
'Augmented Climbing Wall' Lets Climbers Use Their Limbs as Pong Paddles
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32
Anime-Infused Contact Lenses
Anime-Infused Contact Lenses
These Smart Custom Contact Lenses Could Help Pokémon Go Players
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31
Moral-Testing Online Games
Moral-Testing Online Games
The 'Moral Machine' Records User Opinions on Self-Driving Car Scenarios
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30
VR Shooter Games
VR Shooter Games
'VR Shoot' is an Immersive Video Game That Makes Use of Room-Scale Tracking
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29
DIY Gamer Armbands
DIY Gamer Armbands
This DIY Pipboy 3000 is Created Using a Raspberry Pi Mini PC
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28
3D-Printed Pinball Games
3D-Printed Pinball Games
This Two-Player Pinball Game Puts a Creative Twist on Tabletop Football
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27
Retro Video Game Tables
Retro Video Game Tables
The 'PONG PROJECT' Sees the Pong Video Game as a Tabletop Game
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26
3D-Printed Gaming Cases
3D-Printed Gaming Cases
This 3D-Printed Phone Case Makes It Easier to Play Pokémon Go
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25
VR Board Games
VR Board Games
'Mask of Anubis' Combines Virtual Reality and Gaming
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24
Combat-Free Strategy Games
Combat-Free Strategy Games
This Game Allows Players to Build a Corporate Colony on Mars
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23
Weaponized Combat Games
Weaponized Combat Games
The Unified Weapons Master Game Features Armed Martial Artistss
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22
Reclining Leather Gaming Chairs
Reclining Leather Gaming Chairs
The Bauhutte Video Game Chair LOC-01-BK is Ultra-Low to the Floor
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21
Wearable VR Computers
Wearable VR Computers
The MSI VR One Virtual Reality Backpack System Provides 90-Minutes of Use
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20
Horror-Themed Arcade Games
Horror-Themed Arcade Games
This 3D Arcade Game Immerses Players in a Creepy Fantasy Game
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19
Barbecue Board Games
Barbecue Board Games
This BBQ Game Challenges Kids to Expertly Handle Simulated Sizzling Food
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18
Retro Gamer Entertainment Systems
Retro Gamer Entertainment Systems
This DIY Nintendo Home Theater System Looks Like a Real Game
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17
4D VR Headset Accessories
4D VR Headset Accessories
The VR Sensory Immersion Generator Brings Simulations to Life
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16
DIY 3D-Printed Video Games
DIY 3D-Printed Video Games
The 'Pirakeet' Handheld Game Console was Created Using a 3D Printer
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15
Retro Arcade Consoles
Retro Arcade Consoles
'Dreamcade Replay' Offers Thousands of Classic Game Titles for Free
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14
Virtual Battle Simulators
Virtual Battle Simulators
The 'Totally Accurate Battle Simulator' Uses Computers to Imitate Combat
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13
Game-Saving Helper Drones
Game-Saving Helper Drones
The 'Pokedrone' Goes Where Pokemon Go Users Can't to Catch Pokemon
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12
Portable Handheld PC Consoles
Portable Handheld PC Consoles
The 'SMACH Z' Handheld Gaming PC Runs Windows Games
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11
Couch Computer Peripheral Holders
Couch Computer Peripheral Holders
The NerdyTec 'COUCHMASTER' Ensures Comfortable PC Gaming
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10
Folding Virtual Reality Glasses
Folding Virtual Reality Glasses
The Homido Mini Glasses Make Smart Eyewear Compact
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9
Physical Touchscreen Toys
Physical Touchscreen Toys
The 'Pocket Racing 2.0' Racing Cars React to the On-Screen Action
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8
Glasses-Free 3D Technology
Glasses-Free 3D Technology
KDX Announces K3DX 3D Technology at CES 2016
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7
VR Gaming Cafes
VR Gaming Cafes
This Partnership Will Bring VR Content to China's Gaming Cafes
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6
Cooled Computer Cases
Cooled Computer Cases
The Ola PC Case Keeps Gaming Computers Cool and Slickly Styled
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5
Locating Anime Monster Maps
Locating Anime Monster Maps
The Poke Radar Shows Pokemon Go Players Where the Best are Hidden
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4
Online Gaming Workout Bikes
Online Gaming Workout Bikes
Zwift Provides a Cycling Workout with a Video Game Twist
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3
Hi-Tech Playable Furniture
Hi-Tech Playable Furniture
The Ludi Table Boasts a Digital Surface for Physical Gaming
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2
VR Gaming Thrones
VR Gaming Thrones
The Emperor 200 Gaming Seat Offers a Luxe Virtual Reality Playing Experience
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1
Transforming Gamer Mouses
Transforming Gamer Mouses
The Scarab Mouse Unfolds into a Video Game Controller
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