Mem's 2012 Gaming Predictions

Want to know what is coming next for the gaming world in 2012? Well we can't really tell you that...but you can check out some pretty good guesses with Mem's 2012 gaming predictions.

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.

Diablo III
Diablo III...so full of awesome it hurts. (Source)

Diablo III. Need I really say more? My gaming prediction for this much anticipated game is that is will be utterly, fantastically, and amazingly awesome. So awesome that players who play it will literally poo balls of awesomeness afterwards. Releasing in March of 2012 (no later than St. Patrick’s Day), Diablo III will draw players new and old from all over the spectrum and the gaming world will surely unite in song. Think this is all a little far fetched? That’s fine, but don’t say you weren’t warned when you find sparkling balls of awesome in your toilet come March.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria, the controversial next expansion for World of Warcraft, was pretty fleshed out when we got the chance to view it for the first time at BlizzCon 2011. Basing my gaming prediction off of this theory I see us able to play on the open beta by mid-year at the latest. However, the game will miss the 2012 mark and will instead be slated for release in early 2013. Open beta will convert more than a few players to the pro panda side but players who have previously quit the game will still be reluctant to come back. However, in the end the panda goodness will prevail and WoW will easily see their subscription numbers surge well past their previous record.

Same Old, Same Old

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 102 because everybody loves blowing things up.

While predicting some aspects of 2012 when it comes to games is quite difficult there are some things you can count on for sure. There will be another Call of Duty/Battlefield first person shooter type game and of course at least one game revolving around the walking dead (aka…zombies). Thousands of people love these types of games and they provide the gaming companies with epic loot when it comes to money. No other explanation is needed for this gaming prediction. Cheers to more of the same in 2012.

Apocalypse Postponed

Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, or perhaps just in your mother’s basement (not that there is anything wrong with that), you have probably heard that 2012 is it for us mortals. Thanks to the handy dandy Mayan calendar we are slated for a quick and probably painful extinction. Don’t go building that fall out shelter just yet though. I predict that on January 1st 2012 we will all still be here. No fiery destruction, no tidal waves, not even a few zombies. I refuse to believe there will be an apocalypse of any sort, as there are just way to many great games for me to try. Nevertheless I propose that we take no chances and game harder than ever before, just in case these last few days of 2011 are our last. So game on my brothers and sisters, game on.

We here at Ten Ton Hammer want to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year and ask you to share with us your own thoughts (in the comments section below!) on my predictions and what will be taking place in the gaming world in 2012. See you next year (maybe)!

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