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Top 50 Video Game and GamingTrends in 2009

— July 1, 2009 — Tech
This countdown features the top video game and gaming trends in the last year... and when I say gaming, I've expanded my definition to make room for the water balloon gun (because it's awesome). So... yeah.

If you're looking for more, our gaming trend database has roughly 1,000 more articles to nerd up your life. Enjoy!

Implications - Gaming has been taken to new heights with the fast development of technology and the emergence of high-tech consoles. Online battling capabilities and motion sensor games are a huge step since the days of Pong and Pac-Man. With the three main companies (PS3, Nintendo, Xbox) battling it out, expect to see even more cutting-edge video games as these businesses try to outdo one another.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
47
Revolutionizing High-Speed Video
Revolutionizing High-Speed Video
Trumotion 480 Hz LG Display for Flawless Action Films
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46
Virtual Market Research
Virtual Market Research
‘Wii No Ma' VoD Service Asks for Your Blood Type & Age
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45
Double Lifetime Gamer Guarantees
Double Lifetime Gamer Guarantees
Fatal1ty is Super-Sure of His Extreme XFX Video Card
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44
Cinematic Video Game Music
Cinematic Video Game Music
Bear McCreary Set to Create Music Score for ‘Dark Void'
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43
Mindpower Toys
Mindpower Toys
Brainwave Play Challenges Gamer's Powers of Concentration
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42
Gamers as Forensic Artists
Gamers as Forensic Artists
Nintendo Wii Console Used to Create Mii for Wanted Poster in Japan
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41
Digital Projections
Digital Projections
Sixthsense is an Interactive Wearable Gestural Interface
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40
Cinematic Animated Promos
Cinematic Animated Promos
‘The Beatles: Rock Band' Commercial is Captivating
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39
Streaming Video Games
Streaming Video Games
OnLive is Poised to Make Separate Game Consoles Obsolete
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38
Alternate Reality Universes
Alternate Reality Universes
Role-Playing 'EVE Online' Game Develops Massive Following
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37
Puzzle-Solving Robots
Puzzle-Solving Robots
Guinness Book World Record Set By Rubik's Cube Robocracker
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36
MMORPGs for Kids
MMORPGs for Kids
Cartoon Network Universe's 'FusionFall' is Like World of Warcraft, But Cooler
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35
Forced Gamercizing
Forced Gamercizing
With jOG-S21, Your Character Doesn't Move Until You Do (CES 2009)
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34
Electronic Hunting Toys
Electronic Hunting Toys
Duck Hunt Enters The Real World (CES 2009)
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33
3D Baseball Cards
3D Baseball Cards
Topps Cards Put 3D Baseball Player Avatars on Your Computer Screen
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32
Outdoor Playgrounds for Internet Game Play
Outdoor Playgrounds for Internet Game Play
‘Smartground' by Tamer Nakisci
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31
YouTube Video Games
YouTube Video Games
'Street Fighter' Takes Online Gaming to a New Viral Dimension
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30
Art Inspired by Video Games
Art Inspired by Video Games
'Jab Strong Fierce' Exhibition Showcases "Street Fighter" Fandom
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29
Plushie Monitor Cleaners
Plushie Monitor Cleaners
Cute Computer Care Screen Wipes Help Remove Dust
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28
Virtual War Games
Virtual War Games
'America's Army' Sets 5 Guinness World Records in 2009 (UPDATE)
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27
Wii Graffiti
Wii Graffiti
The 'WiiSpray' Project Aims to Make Virtual Graffiti Mainstream
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26
Green Video Gaming
Green Video Gaming
Sony PS3 Console Recognized For Its Eco-Friendly Qualities
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25
Dumbbells for Gamers
Dumbbells for Gamers
Riiflex Releases Snap-On Weights for Wiimotes
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24
Haunted Online Advergames
Haunted Online Advergames
Frito-Lay Uses 'Hotel 626' Interactive Game to Promote Doritos
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23
Tactile Illusions
Tactile Illusions
More Blind-Friendly Tech Through Vibrations on Phones, Music Players
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22
Life Tips From Pro Gamers
Life Tips From Pro Gamers
Experts Dish on Preferred Snacks and How to Pick Up Girls
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21
Architecture for Gamers
Architecture for Gamers
Sako FlatFlat Store Design Combines Real and Virtual Reality
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20
Mind-Controlled Consoles
Mind-Controlled Consoles
Futuristic Nintendo Wii 2.0 Engages with Brainwaves
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19
See-Through Billiards
See-Through Billiards
The Glass G-1 Pool Table Takes Luxury to the Next Level of Fun
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18
Augmented Reality Toys
Augmented Reality Toys
Frantz Larsone's War Game Blends Video Games and Physical Toys
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17
iPod Parking Lots
iPod Parking Lots
The 'Charging Station Valet' for Die-Hard Apple Lovers
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16
Round Rubik's Cubes
Round Rubik's Cubes
The Classic Puzzle Game Gets a Spherical Twist With the Rubik's 360
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15
Renaissance-Inspired T-Shirts
Renaissance-Inspired T-Shirts
Kevin Tong's Super Mario Shirt is Sketched Da Vinci-Style
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14
Steampunked Monopoly
Steampunked Monopoly
The Popular Board Game Goes Victorian in this DIY Set
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13
Water Balloon Guns
Water Balloon Guns
Russian Roulette Style Balloon Gun Lets You Practice Safe Suicide
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12
Nerdalicious Nuptials
Nerdalicious Nuptials
Video Game-Inspired Wedding Unites Gamers in ‘Halo' Matrimony
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11
Tetris Furniture
Tetris Furniture
Diego Silverio's Decor Enables Classic Gamer Living
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10
Nerdalicious Keyboards
Nerdalicious Keyboards
Scrabble Tile Typing Is Perfect For The Unabashed Word Nerd
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9
Gamer Beer Steins
Gamer Beer Steins
"World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King" Collectibles for Drinkers
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8
HD Video Goggles
HD Video Goggles
Vuzix iWear Lets You Game or Watch Movies Anywhere
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7
Game-Stream Fashion
Game-Stream Fashion
'Last Action Gamer' Offers Geeky Streamlined T-Shirt Designs
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6
Futuristic Door Locks
Futuristic Door Locks
The Numlock by Jess Han Uses Shuffling Number Codes
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5
LED Doormats
LED Doormats
Welcome Visitors With this High-Tech 'Space Invaders' Mat
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4
Uber Gamer Add Ons
Uber Gamer Add Ons
Logitech G Series Peripherals for Awesome Advantage (CES 2009)
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3
Real-Life Video Game Mashups
Real-Life Video Game Mashups
Matthew Dominick's “Warp Whistle” Inserts Mario In
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2
24 Computer Mouse Innovations
24 Computer Mouse Innovations
From Goofy Mousepads to Futuristic Mice
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1
Untooning Video Game Characters
Untooning Video Game Characters
Anthony Jones Designs Real-Life Mario, Luigi, Bowser & Princess
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