How did Omarstradamus do? 2012 tech review
A look back at 2012’s predictions and a peek at what’s next for 2013.
may not have been a year with lots of big bombshell shifts in the tech industry. Instead, trends that were already happening became more entrenched, like the rise of tablets, the mainstreaming of smart phones, the growing influence of social media on politics and culture, and the convergence of TV and the Web.
At the end of 2011, I put on my Omarstradamus hat of mysticism and made some predictions on what this year would bring. Let’s take a look at how those prognostications played out, then look ahead to 2013.
Last year I said: The end of video game consoles would begin as cheap mobile games took over and dedicated hardware became less important.
What actually happened: Nintendo introduced the Wii U last month, an interesting second-screen system with a tablet for a controller. It lacked the buzz of the original Wii and had a modest debut with a slate of interesting games and mixed reviews. Microsoft and Sony have yet to announce successors to the aging Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3 consoles, and while game sales are still pretty strong, it’s going to take a radical re-imagining of what game systems offer and how they’re sold for another generation to succeed. The Wii U is already beginning to feel like it won’t live up to expectations.
Portable game consoles like the Nintendo 3DS and the