I gave at roundup of this year’s Game Developer Conference at Melbourne gamedev event Dissecta a fortnight ago. See the attached slides [game-developer-conference-07.ppt] from the talk for the details, but here are my picks for this years trends in the game industry in 30 seconds.
- User-created content and user-driven gameplay (eg Spore, Little Big Planet). See also Web 2.0.
- Social, connected gaming (XBox Live, Sony Home, Little Big Planet).
- Casual, Browser and Downloadable games (eg BigFish, XBox Live, Nintendo Wii, Steam).
- Multithreading (eg Valve Source engine)