Gamers continue to give DLC some TLC
Some of the best video game experiences of 2009 weren't found on retail shelves. Superb downloadable titles like Shadow Complex, Trials HD and Fat Princess were just as addictive and engrossing as big budget retail releases, while incredible extra content like GTA: The Balla Gay Tony and full album downloads offered further proof that these days, 'Game Over' is only temporary. Sure, Sony's PSP GO experiment hasn't worked out so well, but they're headed in the right direction. Between top-notch services like Xbox Live Arcade, the Playstation Network and of course the App Store, affordable, high-quality downloads will continue to gain momentum in 2010. Will this be the year we finally see a download vie for Game of the Year consideration? You can bet your bandwidth on it.
Now that the Wii's made us all comfortable with playing games by waving our hands about like lunatics, 2010 will see both its competitors, Sony and Microsoft, debuting their own next-gen controllers. Sony's Wii-like "Motion Controller" will be first out of the gate in the spring, while Microsoft's more innovative, controller-less "Project Natal" is expected to follow later in the year. Both have the potential to change the way we think about games -- and both have the potential to be dismissed as experimental one-hit-wonders. This could well be the year's most exciting fight.