The State Of Gaming 2016

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The Top 100 Game Devs over the past 40 years & where they've been working

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Asteroids

1979, Atari

Asteroids

Galaga

1981, Atari

Galaga

Donkey Kong

1981, Nintendo

Donkey Kong

Pitfall

1982, Activision

Pitfall

Star Wars

1983, Atari

Star Wars

Excitebike

1985, Nintendo

Excitebike

Super Mario Bros

1985, Nintendo

Super Mario Bros

Gauntlet

1985, Atari

Gauntlet

Out Run

1986, Sega

Out Run

The Legend of Zelda

1986, Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda

Double Dribble

1987, Konami

Double Dribble

Double Dragon

1987, Taito

Double Dragon

Mike Tyson's Punch Out

1987, Nintendo

Mike Tyson's Punch Out

Blades of Steel

1988, Konami

Blades of Steel

Contra

1988, Konami

Contra

Mega Man II

1988, Capcom

Mega Man II

Ninja Gaiden

1989, Tecmo

Ninja Gaiden

Tetris

1989, Nintendo

Tetris

Super Mario Bros. 3

1990, Nintendo

Super Mario Bros. 3

Wing Commander II

1991, Origin

Wing Commander II

Sonic the Hedgehog

1991, Sega

Sonic the Hedgehog

Wolfenstein 3D

1992, Apogee

Wolfenstein 3D

Super Mario kart

1992, Nintendo

Super Mario Kart

Maniac Mansion II: Day of the Tentacle

1993, LucasArts

Maniac Mansion II: Day of the Tentacle

Star Wars: Tie Fighter

1994, LucasArts

Star Wars: Tie Fighter

Super Metroid

1994, Nintendo

Super Metroid

Super Street Fighter II Turbo

1994, Capcom

Super Street Fighter II Turbo

Doom II

1994, id Software

Doom II

Resident Evil

1996, Capcom

Resident Evil

Civilization II

1996, MicroProse

Civilization II

Super Mario 64

1996, Nintendo

Super Mario 64

Ultimata Online

1997, Origin

Ultimata Online

Castlevania: Symphony of the NIght

1997, Konami

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Final Fantasy VII

1997, Square Enix

Final Fantasy VII

Starfox 64

1997, Nintendo

Starfox 64

Goldeneye 007

1997, Nintendo

Goldeneye 007

Metal Gear Solid

1998, Konami

Metal Gear Solid

Panzer Dragoon Saga

1998, Sega

Panzer Dragoon Saga

StarCraft

1998, Blizzard

StarCraft

Half-Life

1998, Valve

Half-Life

Pokemon Red/Blue

1998, Nintendo

Pokemon Red/Blue

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

1998, Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Unreal Tournament

1999, Epic Games

Unreal Tournament

Quake III: Arena

1999, Activision

Quake III: Arena

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

1999, Activision

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

The Sims

2000, Electronic Arts

The Sims

Baldur's Gate II

2000, BioWare

Baldur's Gate II

Counter Strike

2000, Valve

Counter Strike

Diable II

2000, Blizzard

Diable II

Silent Hill 2

2001, Konami

Silent Hill 2

Super Smash Bros. Melee

2001, Nintendo

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Halo

2001, Bungie

Halo

ICO

2001, Sony

ICO

Grand Theft Auto III

2001, Take Two

Grand Theft Auto III

Kingdom Hearts

2002, Square Enix

Kingdom Hearts

Deus Ex

2002, Eidos

Deus Ex

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

2003, Ubisoft

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Ratchet & Clank Going Commando

2003, Sony

Ratchet Clank Going Commando

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

2003, BioWare

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Madden 2005

2004, Electronic Arts

Madden 2005

World of Warcraft

2004, Blizzard

World of Warcraft

PsychoNauts

2005, Majesco

PsychoNauts

Resident Evil IV

2005, Capcom

Resident Evil IV

Shadow of the Colossus

2005, Sony

Shodow of the Colossus

Guitar Hero II

2006, Activision

Guitar Hero II

Wii Sports

2006, Nintendo

Wii Sports

Tecmo Bowl

2007, Tecmo

Tecmo Bowl

Ghosts 'N Goblins

2007, Capcom

Ghosts 'N Goblins

Halo 3

2007, Bungie

Halo 3

Call of Duty 4

2007, Activision

Call of Duty 4

Portal

2007, Valve

Portal

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

2007, Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Left 4 Dead

2008, Valve

Left 4 Dead

Grand Theft Auto 4

2008, Rockstar

Grand Theft Auto 4

Chrono Trigger

2008, Square Enix

Chrono Trigger

Braid

2009, Number None Inc

Braid

Assassin's Creed II

2009, Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed II

Uncharted 2

2009, Sony

Uncharted 2

Mass Effect 2

2010, BioWare

Mass Effect 2

God of War III

2010, Sony

God of War III

Super Street Fighter IV

2010, Capcom

Super Street Fighter 4

Rock Band 3

2010, Harmonix

Rock Band 3

Red Dead Redemption

2010, Rockstar

Red Dead Redemption

Words With Friends

2011, Zynga

Words With Friends

Gears Of War 3

2011, Epic Games

Gears Of War 3
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The Present state of gaming & what skills you need to get in the biz

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2016 Top 100 Video-Game Revenues by Country

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Top U.S. Gaming Colleges

The lists below show the top 10 Undergraduate and Graduate colleges for game design as of 2014.

Undergraduate Graduate
1 University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
2 University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT) University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
3 DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA) Southern Methodist University (Plano, TX)
4 Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA) University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
5 Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) DigiPen Institute of Technology (Redmond, WA)
6 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA) Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)
7 Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
8 The Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, British Columbia / CAN) Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)
9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) New York University (Brooklyn, NY)
10 New York University (Brooklyn, NY) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)

Top U.S. Game Development Studios

Studio Founded Recent Titles Location
1 Blizzard Entertainment 1991 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Irvine, CA
2 EA 1982 Titanfall Redwood City, CA
3 Epic Games 1991 Infinity Blade III Cary, NC
4 Infinity Ward 2002 Call of Duty: Ghosts Woodland Hills, CA
5 Rockstar Games 1998 Grand Theft Auto V New York City, NY
6 Bethesda Game Studios 1986 Wolfenstein: The New Order Bethesda, MD
7 Zenimax Online Studios 2007 The Elder Scrolls Online Hunt Valley, MD
8 Naughty Dog 1989 The Last of Us Santa Monica, CA
9 Insomniac Games 1994 Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus Burbank, CA
10 Gearbox Software 1999 Borderlands 2 Plano, TX

Top Salaries

By Region & Discipline

Job Title East Midwest South West
Programmer $100,662 $90,667 $94,923 $82,769
Artist/Animator $76,615 $68,833 $72,077 $63,000
Game Designer $86,846 $78,083 $81,769 $71,308
Producer $84,077 $75,667 $79,077 $69,077

We polled hundreds of students on the Future of gaming, and where they think it's going. This is what they talked about.

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Important Concepts
Portable
Devices

A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable electronic device with a built-in screen, game controls, and speakers.

Nintendo is credited with popularizing the handheld console concept with the release of the Game Boy in 1989 and as of 2011 continues to dominate the handheld console market with their Nintendo DS and DSi systems.

Handheld
Devices

The first handheld game console was introduced in 1977 by Mattel with the release of Auto Race.

With the mass adoption of smartphones, handheld game consoles are tasked with creating next-generation hardware that will compete with the rise of mobile gaming.

Real
Time

The most successful real-time strategy franchise is Age of Empires with more than 20 million units sold.

In the early 2000's, real-time strategy began the transition to include 3D capabilities.

DLC

Downloadable content (DLC) is additional content for video games that is distributed through the Internet, typically for a fee.

The future of DLC has been linked to recent free-to-play game styles, offering studios another method of profit.

Social
Networks

Social network gaming is becoming increasingly popular with games like Candy Crush and FarmVille.

The online world is becoming increasingly more social and inclusive meaning future games will most likely have social sharing capabilities.

Mobile
Devices

The first mobile game was Tetris in 1994.

Today, many mobile games have adopted “freemium” as a new business model. This allows them to supply mobile games for free and gain profit from in-app transactions and ads.

Touch
Screen

The 1st touch-screen phone was released in 1993.

In the future, touch screens will adapt to allow for faster response rates to user interaction and multi-touch.

App
Market

Google Play and the Apple App Store each have more than 1 million apps available to users.

App Markets are becoming the largest online source for game sales with over 100 billion downloads.

The
Sims

The Sims is the best-selling PC game franchise in history with more than 150 million copies sold worldwide.

The Sims Series set the standard for "sandbox gameplay" where players have the ability to create their own rules and gameplay.

Flash
Games

Flash games are often free to play and do not require additional plug-ins.

Browser games utilizing flash technology are becoming obsolete by new and emerging tools, such as HTML5, which means flash may disappear in the future.

App
Store

More than 50 million apps are downloaded on Apple's App Store each day.

With the continued growth of the iPhone and iPad, there is a new focus on the development of mobile games.

Call of
Duty

Call of Duty has sold more than 120 million units, making it the most successful first-person shooter game in history.

Call of Duty has sold more than 120 million units, making it the most successful first-person shooter game in history.

Products & Platforms
PS4

Since its launch, the PlayStation 4 has outsold rival Microsoft's Xbox One.

The PS4 is bound for future success with support for eventual 4K resolution compatibility.

Android

Android OS accounted for nearly 80% of the world smartphone market share in 2013.

Google Play recently passed the millionth app and 60 billion download mark.

3DS

Nintendo 3DS was the very first console to allow for 3D gaming imagery without the use of 3D glasses.

As of September 2013, Nintendo reports 34.98 million units have been shipped worldwide.

Bluetooth

Since launching, Bluetooth has undergone at least a dozen updates.

Today, wireless technology is used in almost every major gaming console.

PC

The worldwide desktop PC market share dropped 4.2% in 2013.

Experts suggest the portable PC market to grow by 18.3% over the next four years despite rumors that mobile is negatively affecting the PC gaming industry.

XBOX
360

TechRadar named Xbox 360 the most influential console of its generation.

Microsoft recently launched Xbox One which emphasizes the ability for users to multitask with the integration of live television programming, split-screen capabilities and overlays.

iPhone

Apple's iPhone is in direct competition with Windows and Android phones but continuously outsells every other device on the market.

With a loyal and excited fan base, the iPhone will continue to be one of the most successful smartphones on the market.

PS3

The PlayStation 3 was released in November of 2006 and has sold over 80 million units.

The PlayStation 3 was recognized for its hardware which included Blu-ray home theater capabilities and graphics.

XBOX
Live

Xbox Live is the most successful online service of any console to date.

Xbox Live was considered one of the more reliable online gaming networks due to their subscription fee, which was a topic of debate among gamers.

Wii

The Wii console was the most successful of 7th gen consoles with 20 million more units sold than both the Xbox 360 and PS4.

Wii U, Nintendo's follow-up to the Wii, sold only 4.2 million units in its first year and was far less successful.




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