In the Eighties it was platformers (ie. Super Mario Bros., Contra, Mega Man) and adventure games (ie. Legend of Zelda, Star Tropics, Adventure ). In the Nineties it was beat ’em ups (ie. Final Fight, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe) and fighting games (ie. Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Soul Caliber III). In the Zeroes shooters (ie. Halo 2, Metroid Prime, Team Fortress 2) and sandbox games (ie. Grand Theft Auto IV, Saints Row 2, Fallout 3). So the question is: What’s genres will be big on the console market this decade?
With the Wiimotes, Playstation Move and Project Natal either on the scene or horizons there’s potentials for brand new genres that could never have existed before. Or maybe the next console incarnation will be so computer integrated that home consoles themselves will be the ideal place for gamers to play such things as MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing game). Or maybe the console market will dry up completely and the video game industry will mainly reside elsewhere.
I honestly don’t know. Though it is still fun to speculate what the future has to offer.