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Top 100 Gaming Trends in 2013

From Gamer Supercar Concepts to Smartphone Laser Tag

— January 3, 2014 — Tech
As time progresses and consumers become more difficult to entertain, video games are poised to become the next main source of entertainment. This is slowly becoming a reality, as seen with the gaming trends of 2013.

This past year saw a wave of unabashed gamer pride from the least expected places, with high-fashion cosplay photo shoots and high-end video game pixel art taking games to completely new territory. Further reflecting a new, more open attitude toward video games, pieces such as cellphone-enabled laser tag and video game-inspired board games prove that gaming is no longer just for the basement-dwelling, Mountain Dew-chugging teenager. The gamer of 2013 looks much differently than expected.

Level up with your insight strategy and dive deeper into the gaming industry by taking a look at our extensive Games Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
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Real-Life Video Games
Real-Life Video Games
Andrew Sztein Reveals Waterloo Labs’ Recreation of Mario Kart in Real
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97
Gamer Mecca Consoles
Gamer Mecca Consoles
Project Unity by Bacteria is Comprised of 15 Different Video Game Consoles
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96
Facial Hair-Encouraging Apps
Facial Hair-Encouraging Apps
The Movember Nokia App '#MoWithLove' Aims to Raise Awareness
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95
Pixelated Landscape Portraits
Pixelated Landscape Portraits
'Atari World' Introduces 8-Bit Characters to Nature
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94
Bizarre Bathroom Fishing Games
Bizarre Bathroom Fishing Games
Hook Line Stinker is an Interesting Way to Pass Time on the Toilet
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93
Rustic Gamer Tables
Rustic Gamer Tables
The Wooden Nintendo Controller Coffee Table is for Refined Geeks
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92
Gamified Wedding Annoucements
Gamified Wedding Annoucements
This Couple Announced Their Geek Wedding with a Playable Video Game
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91
Video Game Evolution Infographics
Video Game Evolution Infographics
This Infographic Charts the Milestones of Video Game History
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90
Revamped Old School Consoles
Revamped Old School Consoles
The NES Console Gets Redesigned with a Built-in Screen
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89
Performance-Enhancing Game Headsets
Performance-Enhancing Game Headsets
This Gaming Device is Said to Improve a Gamer's Game
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88
Bold Tetris Branding
Bold Tetris Branding
BAU Building Materials Packaging Iconically Suggests its Contents' Purpose
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87
Paper-Sculpted Gaming Statues
Paper-Sculpted Gaming Statues
Destro2k Crafts These 3d Video Game Sculptures from Paper
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86
Vital Sign Video Games
Vital Sign Video Games
The Biometric Steam Box Controller Confirmed in Development
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85
Real Life Gamer Ads
Real Life Gamer Ads
The PlayStation Latin America Campaign Makes Life Playful and Epic
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84
Video Game Evolution Charts
Video Game Evolution Charts
Follow Changes in Super Mario History Throughout the Years
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83
Huggable Gaming Aliens
Huggable Gaming Aliens
The Zerg Overlord Plush Brings New Meaning to the Term 'Zerg Rush'
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82
Morose Video Game Displays
Morose Video Game Displays
This Depiction of Super Mario World is Dark
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81
Real-Life Video Game Amunition
Real-Life Video Game Amunition
The Mass Effect 3 Gun is Exclusive with Only 200 Worldwide Produced
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80
Famous Actor Anime Monsters
Famous Actor Anime Monsters
A New Blog Hilariously Pastes Nicolas Cage Faces onto All 151 Pokemon
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79
Guerilla Supermarket Art
Guerilla Supermarket Art
Toronto Street Artist Aiden Glynn Plays Hilarious Mario Prank
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78
8-Bit Booze Containers
8-Bit Booze Containers
The NES Cartridge Flasks Let You Get Your Game and Drink On
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77
Breathtaking Japanese Fantasy Art
Breathtaking Japanese Fantasy Art
Yoshitaka Amano's Final Fantasy Art is Collected in a New Book
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76
Next-Gen Controller Concepts
Next-Gen Controller Concepts
NeoGAF Users Create Their Own Concepts for the New Controller for PS4
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75
Droid-Inspired Console Mods
Droid-Inspired Console Mods
Major League Mods Cram Working Consoles into Custom Star Wars Cases
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74
2D Game-Inspired Art
2D Game-Inspired Art
Dynamaito Creates a Game of Thrones-Themed Art Series
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73
Twisted Sci-Fi Fantasy Art
Twisted Sci-Fi Fantasy Art
Artist Maciej Kuciara Creates Fascinating Fantasy in Multiple Mediums
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72
Building Block Sci-Fi Terrors
Building Block Sci-Fi Terrors
This Customizable LEGO Mass Effect Reaper is a Sci-Fi Design Delight
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71
Illuminated Glass Gaming Gear
Illuminated Glass Gaming Gear
The Halo Master Chief Helmet Lamp is Intricately Crafted
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70
Iconic Video Game Trunks
Iconic Video Game Trunks
Michael Johansson Creates a Life-Sized Tetris Exhibit with Storage Cases
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69
Amicable Medical Toys
Amicable Medical Toys
The CHRU DOUD is an Informative and Comforting Friend to Child Patients
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68
Geeky Hero Mashup Art
Geeky Hero Mashup Art
This Nintendo Super Mario DC Mash-Up Will Please Many Nerds
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67
Evil Artificial Intelligence Accessories
Evil Artificial Intelligence Accessories
The GLaDOS Ring is Perfect for Portal Super-Fans
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66
Vintage Game Modern Ads
Vintage Game Modern Ads
Barrett Biggers's 'Legend of Zelda' Posters Comically Advertise Game Items
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65
Classic Game Costumes
Classic Game Costumes
These Tetris Costumes are the Perfect Group Get-Up this Halloween
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64
Opposite Gender Gamer Costumes
Opposite Gender Gamer Costumes
Be a Courageous Aventurer While Wearing This Female Link Costume
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63
Social Media Board Games
Social Media Board Games
This Board Game Eliminates the Digital Boundaries of Facebook
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62
Realistic Martial Arts Costumes
Realistic Martial Arts Costumes
These AmenoKitarou Street Fighter Costumes are a Real Kick
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61
Anime Nesting Doll Shirts
Anime Nesting Doll Shirts
Michael B. Myers Shows the Pokemon Evolution in These Clever Shirts
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60
Deadly Cartoon Character Memes
Deadly Cartoon Character Memes
The Animal Crossing Villager Meme Shows a Cute but Deadly Character
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59
Music-Playing Jewelry
Music-Playing Jewelry
Wearable Tunes for the Fashionable Gamer
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58
Power-Ready Computer Desks
Power-Ready Computer Desks
This Set-Up by Gamers Paradise is the Ideal Gaming Desk
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57
Futuristic 8-Bit Board Games
Futuristic 8-Bit Board Games
The NMI Laser Team Develops This Vibrant Space Invaders Chess Set
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56
Geek Chic Boardgame Wear
Geek Chic Boardgame Wear
The Handbag of Holding References Dungeons and Dragons
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55
Gamer Supercar Concepts
Gamer Supercar Concepts
The AMG Vision Gran Turismo Exists Only in 'Gran Turismo 6'
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54
Gamer-Themed Energy Drinks
Gamer-Themed Energy Drinks
The '1 Up' Super Mario-Themed Energy Drink Will Boost You Up
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53
Triangular Fantasy Gamer Lamps
Triangular Fantasy Gamer Lamps
This Zelda Triforce Lamp is a Historical Zelda Collector Piece
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52
8-Bit Gamer Shades
8-Bit Gamer Shades
The Pixelated 8-Bit Sunglasses are an Ode to Old School Video Games
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51
3D-Printed Character Models
3D-Printed Character Models
Joaquin Baldwin Creates Stunning Replicas
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50
Dapper Video Game Jewelry
Dapper Video Game Jewelry
These Rings and Earrings Look Just Like Old Nintendo Cartridges
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49
Paper Thin Keyboard Apps
Paper Thin Keyboard Apps
Gyorgyi Kerekes’s Paper Keyboard App is the World's Thinnest
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48
Minimal Commitment Board Games
Minimal Commitment Board Games
Monopoly Empire Only Takes 30 Minutes to Win
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47
Geeky Gamer Interiors
Geeky Gamer Interiors
Pixel Art Studios Creates the Gamer Room Where Dreams are Made
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46
8-Bit Video Game Crossovers
8-Bit Video Game Crossovers
BazNet's Series Depicts Pop Culture Infused into Donkey Kong
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45
Retro Gamer Beach Towels
Retro Gamer Beach Towels
ThinkGeek's 'BeachBoy' is a Funny Beach Towel That Revives the Gameboy
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44
Vintage 3D Pixel Art
Vintage 3D Pixel Art
Metin Seven's Artwork Gives Vintage Video Games a Whole New Perspective
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43
Arcade-Inspired Seating
Arcade-Inspired Seating
This Pac-Man Chair by Bruno Marques Pays Tribute to the Iconic Game
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42
Alluring Video Game Art
Alluring Video Game Art
Miro Budis Brings Digital Video Game Art to Life with Luminous Color
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41
Smart TV Cycling Apps
Smart TV Cycling Apps
The Samsung Interactive Bike Game Keeps Exercisers Motivated
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40
Modernized Retro Console Designs
Modernized Retro Console Designs
The 'Super Nintendo Revolution' Reimagines a Classic Console
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39
Real 16-Bit Photography
Real 16-Bit Photography
These Images Melding 16-Bit Sprites Over Real Backgrounds are Amazing
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38
Romantic Sci-Fi Costume Photoshoots
Romantic Sci-Fi Costume Photoshoots
These Costumes Capture the Mass Effect Games' Amorous Side
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37
Pixelated Box Installations
Pixelated Box Installations
Crate by Conall McAteer is Inspired by the Retro Video Game Boxxel
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36
Alternate Printable Game Covers
Alternate Printable Game Covers
Irrational Games Offers Players Eight Different BioShock Covers
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35
Stylized Cartoon Monster Posters
Stylized Cartoon Monster Posters
Stylized Pokemon Posters by Chu Will Please Any Any Pokemon Fan
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34
Faceless Anime Creatures
Faceless Anime Creatures
The Monsters of the Pokemon Franchise are Depicted with Cute Moustaches
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33
Smartphone Laser Tag
Smartphone Laser Tag
HEX3 AppTag Makes Virtual War a Gaming Reality
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32
Video Game Screenshot Cosplay
Video Game Screenshot Cosplay
These Cosplayers Dress Up and Pose in Similar Game Locations
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31
Geeky Sci-Fi Horror Fashion
Geeky Sci-Fi Horror Fashion
This Dead Space Fashion Line is Frighteningly Awesome
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30
Awesome Basement Gamer Arcades
Awesome Basement Gamer Arcades
This Brilliant at Home Arcade was a Father and Son Project
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29
8-Bit Gamer Seating
8-Bit Gamer Seating
Create Your Own Pixellated Minecraft Design Lawn Chair
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28
Fantasy Gamer Fusion Shirts
Fantasy Gamer Fusion Shirts
This Game of Thrones Shirt Re-creates Classic Pokémon Fights
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27
Controlling Gamer Lamps
Controlling Gamer Lamps
The Nintendo Controller Lamp Shows the Evolution of Gaming
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26
Petrifyingly Distorted Anime Toys
Petrifyingly Distorted Anime Toys
This Deviant Artist Turns Cute Pokemon Into Scary Figurines
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25
Game-Inspired Dishware
Game-Inspired Dishware
This Tetris Mug Displays a Game with Every Hot Beverage
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24
Gamer Tree Toppers
Gamer Tree Toppers
Super Mario Christmas Ornaments Let You Fly Your Geek Flag During the Holidays
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23
Gamer-Designed Dinnerware
Gamer-Designed Dinnerware
These Plate Designs by Olly Moss Mimic Game Sequences from Pokemon
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22
Retro Gamer Quilts
Retro Gamer Quilts
The Pixel Plaid Invader Blanket Leaves one Nostalgic
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21
Video Game Vehicle Replicas
Video Game Vehicle Replicas
Microsoft Comissions Road Ready Replica of Warthog from 'Halo' Series
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20
Pixelated Halloween Costumes
Pixelated Halloween Costumes
This Halloween Minecraft Costume Leaves You Living a Gaming Reality
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19
Iconic Video Game Mash-Ups
Iconic Video Game Mash-Ups
Amirul Hafiz Toughens the Mario Party in This Video Game Crossover
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18
DIY Video Game Dioramas
DIY Video Game Dioramas
Dave Delisle's Printable Cutouts Allow Fans to Create Their Own Mario Art
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17
Geeky Sci-Fi Apartments
Geeky Sci-Fi Apartments
This Bedroom Designed After the Deus Ex Video Game is a Nerdy Delight
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16
Functional Wooden Gamer Tables
Functional Wooden Gamer Tables
The NES Table Controller by Bohemian Workbench is Made of Wood
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15
Retro Gamer Blankets
Retro Gamer Blankets
The Legend of Zelda Afghan Supports Safe Dungeon Crawling
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14
Video Game Pixel Art
Video Game Pixel Art
Get Nostalgic with These Pixelated Video Game Scenes
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13
Intensive Video Game Interiors
Intensive Video Game Interiors
The Portal Bedroom Transports You to a Mysterious Dimension
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12
Costumed Anime Monster Art
Costumed Anime Monster Art
This Tumblr Gallery Depicts Pokemon Cosplaying as Their Evolved Selves
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11
Classy Video Game Costumes
Classy Video Game Costumes
This BioShock Infinite Cosplay by Ormeli is Right Out of the Video Game
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10
Insanely Accurate Gamer Costumes
Insanely Accurate Gamer Costumes
Dead Space Fans Recreate Character Costumes
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9
Geeky Gamer Lighters
Geeky Gamer Lighters
This Lighter is Shaped Like a Retro Game Boy Color
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8
8-Bit-Themed Furniture
8-Bit-Themed Furniture
This NES-Themed Furniture Set is a Gamer's Geeky Dream Living Room Setup
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7
Interactive Bathroom Entertainment Systems
Interactive Bathroom Entertainment Systems
The Mirror 2.0 Tailors Our Private Bathroom Experience
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6
Fantasy Game Costume Competitions
Fantasy Game Costume Competitions
This Skyrim Cosplay Brings the Elder Scrolls World to Life
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5
Steampunk-Inspired Computers
Steampunk-Inspired Computers
CodyOdi's Computer Case Mod References the Video Game BioShock
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4
Realistic Fantasy Game Costumes
Realistic Fantasy Game Costumes
This Final Fantasy Cosplay by Miss-Alice-Monster is Stunning
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3
Futuristic DIY Fantasy Armor
Futuristic DIY Fantasy Armor
Cosplayer Creates Convincing Skyrim Armor to Strike Fear into Evil
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2
Haunting Gamer Helmets
Haunting Gamer Helmets
Become a Demonic Monster with these Paintball Mask Designs
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1
Stunning Sci-Fi Fantasy Costumes
Stunning Sci-Fi Fantasy Costumes
This Korean Starcraft Cosplay is a Video Game Costume Marvel
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