Do you know how to stay on top of the latest gaming trends?
If you rely on video games for your YouTube channel, there’s a bit of an unspoken skill that comes along with it. You should be up-to-date on the latest gaming trends and releases and how to apply those to your channel. Here’s exactly how to do that.
Games come out all of the time. There are remasters and Game of the Year editions and sequels getting released every week, and that’s just the top-tier games. It’s a whole other story when you consider how many smaller games get released on PC via Steam and Itch.io and a bunch of other websites.
It can be difficult to keep up with these releases, but that challenge is a real part of your job if you want to base your YouTube channel on new games. Luckily, there’s some easy ways to keep track of what’s coming out soon that won’t cost you loads of time and effort.
One trick to checking on upcoming game releases is to periodically scan over a calendar that’s constantly updated. Game Informer keeps a post updated with a good variety of big and small game releases on it, but know that it’s nowhere near complete.
There’s other sites that offer similar lists that might include unique games that other lists didn’t include. Pick one and keep it bookmarked for easy check-ins. You can also check upcoming lists on digital services like Steam and Origin.
The other thing you should keep an eye on is the big headlines. Typically, when important games get announced or games that people think are particularly interesting come around, they get big news headlines.
Periodically check the big game news websites like Gamespot, Kotaku, IGN, and Polygon for events and release dates that could affect your channel. If a game gets delayed, for example, you’ll find out there first. Alternatively, you can follow a lot of those websites’ accounts on Twitter and skim through updates on there too!
Some games are going to be trickier to follow. Kickstarter games or independent games might only update via their forums or website. If you have particular interests in those types of games, you should seek out where their information is spread to.
A good choice is a subreddit dedicated to those specific games. Chances are, there’s a bunch of fans that will keep the subreddit updated with the latest news.
Why You Should Care
You should care about game releases and news because it can be the entire strategy of your channel. If you’re all about playing the latest games when they’re fresh and relevant, you need to know that they’re coming so you can record and edit your videos in a timely fashion.
You also need to know vaguely when things are coming so that you might capitalize on some of the excitement around each game. For example: if a new World of Warcraft expansion is coming out, you might make some videos showing off your favorite stuff from the last expansion or the process of leveling up so that you can play the newest content.
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Release dates and the latest gaming trends are integral to running a game channel, and all you have to do is follow these few tips and you should be as up-to-date as possible!
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