The new year is a time of mystery. Let’s gaze into our fully rendered, 60-FPS crystal ball and see what 2010 holds for gamers.

More interactivity

The Wii has proven that a changeup in how we interact with our games can open up the imaginations (and wallets) of consumers. This year, the big three all have plans to move us one step closer to a totally awesome, fully holographic dystopian future. The most interesting is Microsoft’s Project Natal. Think Wii but with no controller at all. The add-on purports to track your movement and accurately translate that into in-game data.

Sequels, sequels, sequels
That doggone recession is nipping at the heels of the big game publishers. They are looking to minimize risk and go for sure dollar signs. Look for sequels to just about every franchise that has proven it can shift units. Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mass Effect 2, Bioshock 2 and tons more are headed your way. New and untested titles may be canned or finished on the cheap.

Download-only content

This won’t be the year we stop buying games in person, but we’ll sure get a lot closer. Between the iPhone app store and the PSPGo, buying games online is becoming easier and, in many cases, mandatory. Even notoriously tepid Nintendo has stepped up with Wii and DS support. You might want to savor the time you have left with your favorite Gamestop employee.