20th May2019

How To Keep Up With The Latest Gaming Trends

by James Smith
Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

If you’re passionate about games and gaming, the chances are you will probably want to do as much as you can to keep up with the industry. Whether you know a lot about how the industry works or you simply like to know when the next games are being released, staying on top of something you’re passionate about is important. Whilst it might seem like an everchanging industry that is hard to keep up with, there are lots of different things you can do to ensure you’re up to date. With that in mind, here are a number of tips and tricks to help you keep up with the latest gaming trends:

Why Should You Keep Up With The Gaming Industry?

First of all, let’s take a look at why you should be keeping up with the gaming industry in the first place.

  • You will be one of the first to know when new games are being released and will have the chance to be among the first to see trailers.
  • You will have access to exclusive reviews before games are released, giving you a better idea as to whether or not you’re going to purchase it.
  • You may have the opportunity to play games before they’re released at events and conferences.
  • You will have the chance to join a community of people who have the exact same passion as you, especially if you use Facebook groups or common hashtags.
  • It may give you the opportunity to start working in the industry, especially if you start to focus more on industry theory and knowledge.
  • It can be incredibly exciting and fun to keep up with.
  • You can learn insider tips and improve your skills when it comes to playing games.

Whilst there are many more reasons you should be keeping up with the game industry, here are the best ways to ensure you’re one of the first to hear the latest news.

Use Apps Like Feedly To Keep Up With Gaming News

If you normally struggle to stay on top of news because you have a variety of different sites you visit each day, Feedly is a great way to manage all of the news you read. Using the app, you can create different feeds for different topics – whether it’s general news, entertainment news or gaming specific news. Separating the articles that you read means you can click on each one, specifically seeing only articles from blogs and magazines you have selected as your favourites. For gamers, this is a great way to scroll through a feed of entirely gaming related news from your favourite sites. For more information when it comes to using Feedly, you can visit this site here.

Follow Influencers And Bloggers On Social Media

Another great way to keep up with the gaming industry is to follow influential gamers and bloggers on social media. If you are already a big part of the gaming community then the likelihood is you’re already following the key leaders in the industry, but if not they are a great source of information. Often, when it comes to new launches of games, developers will now go to influencers in order to get the biggest possible reaction to their launch. If they’re the ones with all the information, you’re going to want to make sure you are following them.

Watch YouTubers Videos As They Launch

Similar to the above, YouTubers may often be the first to get information about exciting launches in the gaming industry. Whether it’s having a PR package with teaser info or announcing the full-on launch, you want to ensure you are watching their videos as soon as they land in your subscription box. The best thing to do is go through a list of influentials gaming YouTubers, then follow them all. If you don’t like their content, remember you don’t have to watch everything that they put out.

Follow Game Development Companies On Social Media

As well as following influential people in the gaming industry, you also need to ensure you are following game development companies as most of the time, they’re going to be the people that will be announcing the launches of their games. During the run-up to their launches, they may also post teaser trailers and clues about what to expect. Most of the time, these will be posted on Twitter before they’re shared anywhere else. If you want to keep up, switch on their Twitter notifications and ensure you have your 3G connected at all times. For that, you may need an unlimited data plan.

Use Popular Forum Sites Like Reddit

Another great place to find information when it comes to new games is Reddit. Whilst most of the time you may find that the leaks they post are fake, often you can find some gaming-industry gold. For a guide on how to use Reddit, you can visit this site here.

Attend Industry Events And Conferences

One of the best ways to stay on top of industry news it to attend gaming events and conferences, as this is where a lot of companies will announce their launches. Not only that, but they may also have a demo of the game you can play. Whilst you may have to queue to have a chance to play, it will be worth it to be able to say you’re one of the firsts to have demoed it.

For Those You Can’t Attend, Live Stream The Seminars

If there are industry events and conferences that are trade only, you may find that you can stream it in order to keep up with everything that is happening. Large conferences like E3 are not available to the public when it comes to ticket sales, but all of the announcements and seminars are available live online. Whilst it requires a lot of dedication to sit through all of the presentations, it will be worth it to hear the news first.

Keep Up With Popular Hashtags

If you are using social media to keep up with gaming news, you may want to consider looking at all of the popular hashtags for the industry. Whether it’s checking console hashtags or hashtags that are associated with the industry as a whole, following these will ensure you don’t miss a thing. Often, you may find that news is released by someone you don’t follow, but if they’re using a hashtag you follow you won’t miss it in your feeds.

If you are using a social media site where you can’t follow hashtags, ensure you are going through and checking it throughout the day. You never know what interactions you may have!

Set Up Google Alerts On Your Phone

Finally, if you want to ensure you don’t miss anything but you don’t always have access to your phone, setting up Google alerts for specific topics is a great way to stay on top. Whether you set up alerts for particular games or you set up alerts for the word gaming, you will get push notifications whenever they are mentioned on Google. Whilst this may not mean you’re the first to see the news, it will draw your attention to what is happening as soon as you pick your phone up again. For a guide to setting up Google alerts, you can visit this site here.
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Are you looking for ways to keep up with the latest gaming trends? What can you do to ensure you’re on top of the latest releases and announcements? Let me know in the comments section below.
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