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Mem's 2012 Gaming Predictions

Updated Wed, Dec 28, 2011 by Mem

The new year is almost upon us and that can only mean one thing here at Ten Ton Hammer; it is time for our annual gaming predictions articles. With tons of new games to be released in 2012 as well, many more to be announced and the potential for countless surprises throughout the year, the gaming world of 2012 promises to be an exciting one indeed. As a result of this making gaming predictions for 2012 is difficult at best, however, based on past gaming trends, personal instincts, and a little bit of luck I will give it my best shot. So without further adieu let us get right down to it with….

Mem’s 2012 Gaming Predictions

Star Wars: The Old Republic
The Force will be with Star Wars in 2012.(Source)

Star Wars: The Old Republic, like most new games, is the talk of the gaming world at the moment and players are practically chomping at the bit to get their own copy so they can finally get the chance to play. My gaming prediction for Star Wars in 2012 is that it will help revolutionize the market and set a new standard for future games. Thanks to the Star Wars brand and the fact that it is just a great game, Star Wars will be the first game to give MMO giant World of Warcraft a run for it’s money. It won’t happen overnight, and may take all of 2012 to get there, but if it can manage to generate enough interest from old school gamers and new gamers alike, this game has the potential to be huge.

World of Warcraft

Going hand in hand with my first gaming prediction for 2012, World of Warcraft will see more subscriber’s abandoning ship, heading off to other games that have caught their fancy. Don’t fret WoW fans! I predict that while World of Warcraft will see some major losses, by mid-year the rats will have stopped leaving the ship, the water will calm and the game will emerge with a slightly depleted, but stable fan base. Sorry for those of you who hate World of Warcraft, my gut instinct is telling me that this video game giant isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 looks cool, but you probably won't be playing it in 2012. (Source)

For those of you who can’t wait to dig into the next installment in the Guild War’s series, it probably just isn’t going to happen. My gaming prediction for Guild Wars 2 in 2012 is that it simply isn’t going to happen. While the game won’t be cancelled entirely, it will be postponed and postponed some more this time giving players a solid 2013 release late, or very late 2012 at the earliest. Sorry guys, maybe next year.

Farewell Subscription Fees

2012 has the potential to be a big year in the gaming world, and I firmly believe that the era of monthly subscription fees is slowly fading out. Perhaps it is my own wishful thinking, but my gaming prediction for 2012 is that many of the newly announced games will say goodbye to subscription fees and hello to free to play gaming. Gamers everywhere will be able to reveal in the ability to play a game for just the purchase price as well as the resulting extra cash which of course can be spent on gaming essentials such as hot pockets and energy drinks.

New Consoles

2012 has the potential to be a big deal when it comes to the gaming console scene with Microsoft and Sony both rumored to be working on brand new gaming systems. Don’t get your hopes up to far though, my gaming prediction for the world of consoles is that only one of these two bad boys will have anything to show us come 2012. I predict that Microsoft will be ahead of the game and will have a shiny new toy to show us midway through the year with a tentative release date set sometime in 2013. Sony’s new Playstation model will sadly remain what it has been so far; rumors and speculation by a gaming world thirsty for new meat.


You have no facts to back up any of your predictions. This article is pure garbage.

I feel like you make one or two points I kind of agree with, but I had a very difficult time taking any of this seriously after you declared (with NOTHING to back it up) that GW2 would spend OVER A YEAR in beta. Really? -Really-?! I hate falling back on memes, but there are no other words for this.

Not sure if trolling or just stupid. ಠ_ಠ

Well, this is a terrible article.

Ok, first of all, in what do you base your speculation on GW2 being postponed? Because it was never delayed before, and it's in development for less than 5 years (which is a normal amount of time for an MMO). Plus, NCSoft, the biggest MMO company in Asia, is funding it. Do I need to say more?

Thank God I'm not living under a rock. Otherwise I might have thought the Maya calendar ended on January 1st instead of December 21st. And I could also have followed the oh-so-common misinterpretation that it's the apocalypse instead of a new cycle.

Not only were some of your predictions utterly stupid (since predictions shouldn't be completely random, but based on facts and trends), but you were also extremely biased (which should be accepted to a certain degree in this kind of articles but of which you abused, especially when talking about Diablo III - and comparing that to, for example, how you didn't even mention GW2's industry-breaking innovations and the way you talked about the "same old" "boring" FPS and zombie games).

Awful, awful "article".

One of the worst articles I have ever read and that's solely based on the cheer you give to SWTOR.

Seriously, read a bit of interviews around, you'll see they aim for 2012 release and since CBT is rolling and ( To trust the director of A-net) they say the feedback is almost perfect and they do not have almost any bugs, that they are only polishing the game.

My reccomendation? Go back playing SWTOR and have fun..with that.

I'm pretty sure GW2 is in closed beta, I'd be amazed if it stays that way for a whole year.

Not sure if stupid or just stupid.

Absolutely NO BASIS for that GW2 prediction. It's in closed beta and the devs say it's on track for a 2012 release. Does that definitely mean it will happen, no....but it's more likely. I'm highly doubtful the game is going to spend a year in beta. There would have to be some massive errors in the game to cause such a delay. From what info we know the game seems set for 2012 and you have nothing to back up your statement.

Blatant nerd baiting. This guy’s journalistic integrity is in the damned toilet. The freaking alpha build of GW2 was more polished than SWTOR’s open beta, and he is predicting SWTOR will be big shit and GW2 will be in beta for a year? As was said above “Not sure if trolling or just stupid.”

Oh and Swtor is hardly genre changing. It's not a bad game, but it's nothing special. The only thing is has that is actually better than WoW is the questing. And the story quests don't even make the majority of your questing experience.

I hope you didn't get paid for this. If you did, I can tell Ten Ton Hammer I can do your job 10x better at the same price! It's practically a steal!

Predictions have to have facts, otherwise it's pointless speculations. I've seen better blog speculations than this, pathetic.

Never mind the predictions. How can anyone take this guy seriously when he has his facts about the Mayan calendar and the "end of the world" all wrong?

The "end of the world" prediction is for DECEMBER 2012, not January or even December 2011...

someone shoot the murloc who paid for this

Cool objective facts to back up your opinion bro.

"My gaming prediction for Star Wars in 2012 is that it will help revolutionize the market and set a new standard for future games."

That is one shitty, shitty standard.

GW2 will be "postponed and postponed some more this time giving players a solid 2013 release late, or very late 2012 at the earliest. Sorry guys, maybe next year."

So, a developer with short beta cycles with a game in closed beta currently will push release off for another year. MAKES SENSE TO ME AMIRITE?

As they say, don't quit your day job.

(But, seriously, stop writing about video games. You obviously have no clue.)

One of the worst articles I have ever read in my life terrible an elementary school kid could write a better article than this sh1t.

As stated above "Troll or just stupid?"

I'm not even sure why I'm bothering, but hell, why not beat the horse just a bit more.
I mean really, "Going by trends, instinct, and luck" to make predictions? Fine then. What trends? You don't elaborate at all what these trends are...other then what seems to be blatant fanboy-ism.
And at the risk of repeating whats already been said above 20 times already, Arenanet isn't going to keep their game in Closed Beta for over a year. Its not how they roll. It isn't how they've rolled in the past, with the three GW1 campaigns and the expansion. And there have been no delays in GW2 development so far, and what Anet has said so far is that the game is mostly undergoing polishing and balancing. Tell me, are you calling these fine folks liars? I'm sure that will go over well.
I can only call on Ten Ton to find find themselves a new writer, for the sake of their journalistic integrity (such as it may or may not be). For the meantime, I shall look else where for information and game news....

Oh, my god..., we are doomed... If your predictions are the same accurate like SWTOR's, GW2's, Diablo 3's and WoW's, then, 2012 will be the end of the world...

Is this guy seriously getting paid for writing this?

Wow, you really are stupid, you are a booka. From what my boyfriend is saying and looking at your article you are just a Guild Wars 2 hater hating to hate. You'll boost SWOTR or WoW because you know once Guild Wars 2 is out which most likely be either late WINTER or late SPRING of 2012, your article means nothing and your existence of being a journalist, is non-existence too.

But I think I would rather you stick with your day job AND SHUT THE FUCK UP! FUCKING PSYCHO BABBLE BULLSHIT ASSHOLE!

This is baseless sensationalistic bullshit. This is the last time I read any article here, and believe me, I'll make sure others follow my example.

This is baseless sensationalistic bullshit. This is the last time I read any article here, and believe me, I'll make sure others follow my example.

Guys, you can disagree with his predictions, but you don't have to be rude or mean about it. There's never any reason to get personal. Call out the objective reasons for why his article is severely lacking, but don't attack his character.

He is posting an article on a major gaming site based on his personal thoughts. Why should we then provide him with reasoning for our complaints?

"Blatant nerd baiting. This guy’s journalistic integrity is in the damned toilet. The freaking alpha build of GW2 was more polished than SWTOR’s open beta, and he is predicting SWTOR will be big shit and GW2 will be in beta for a year? As was said above 'Not sure if trolling or just stupid.'"
QFT

"The reactions so far from the testers in the Closed Beta is overwhelming and we are currently working on fine tuning the game using the testers feedback."

-Mike O' Brien

Since when did "fine tuning" a game take over a year?

My prediction is that you will probably lose your job after writing this article. SWTOR a game changer?... c'mon seriusly you must be joking.

Pitiful. Spelling errors, no evidence for your predictions, calling a hotkey MMO that is basically ripping the good bits of other MMOs and sticking them into one 'revoloutionizing'. This has to be a joke. That's what WoW did and the MMOs before wow did. Do you know the meaning of revolutionizing?

Slightly depleted to describe what is surely one of if not the largest loss of players a game has ever suffered. 1.7 million people... 14.16% of the playerbase at the launch of cataclysm. This is before we even see what the release of SW:TOR did to the WoW player base. Slightly depleted to describe such a massive loss? I suppose the crashing of the stock markets was just a slight decline in share prices then if we're to go by your descriptive standards.

Then lastly you predict GW2 will be postponed and then postponed again. You said these predictions were based on trends? Tell me please, where in ANets history is the trend of postponing GW2 or indeed any of there games? Oh what? There isn't one? So how do you come to that conclusion?

Biased, invalid trash you couldn't even be bothered to proof read for typos. What a joke.

Typos abounding in this article render it pointless to read. Your unfounded statements make your "journalism" laughable. Citations please.

Gamers everywhere will be able to REVEL (not reveal, mind you) in the fact that your predictions are based on nothing. Good work.

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