9 Ways 2017 Has Changed The Future Of Video Games Forever

Nothing will ever be the same.

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You're going to hear the statement "2017 has been one hell of a year" a lot from here to Christmas, because seriously, we've had landmark release after landmark release, seeing the industry recover in every possible respect from a weirdly half-baked start to the generation.

Fantastic-playing games are just one part of the equation though, it's what they mean to the industry and wider world that will affect the future. Specific trends, innovative business strategies, new genres and everything in between - it might feel as like, when we've got games like Destiny 2, Shadow of War, Agents of Mayhem and Star Wars Battlefront 2, the industry has doubled down on being stuck in a microtransaction-fuelled rut, but that couldn't be farther from the truth.

Indeed, take a step back and you'll see a medium flexing in increasingly experimental ways - approaches that not only put it leagues ahead of Hollywood when it comes to knowing what people want, but also making countless strides to ensure video games earn their spot as the most lucrative source of entertainment on the planet.