I'll toss my two cents into this month's RPG Blog Carnival, a cute little thing where one answers a list of questions. Basically just hot air as we're not the movers and shakers, but here we go for what it's worth:
What games do you see emerging as the big players in the near future?
Same ones that have been the big players for the last 30 years. D&D, and some mix of those companies that have lived in its shadow for decades.
Oh there might be something new that comes along. But I wouldn't bet money on it- or I'd be publishing my own game line.
What companies should we be watching out for to release the next big product?
Next one for me will be HERO 6th edition, however 'big' here isn't good. I expect it to break the system and result in the downfall of that company. I hope someone good buys what's left.
How will technology become more integrated into roleplaying games?
I don't see anything significant on this front, i.e. nothing more than some growth of what we already have.
I don't play these games for their technology, and until technology can adapt as a fast as I can- it just can't keep up with me.
What industry writer do we need to be on the look out for?
Steve Long, for the evil to a classic system he's about to do.
What blogs do you see exploding into becoming the next big thing?
No idea really. Whatever one it is, it will likely be D&D focused for that's where the readers are. Imagine the Old School blogs will still do well- because they're still D&D focused.
This one will be barely noticed if noticed at all, just like it is now.
What do you see for the future of the industry?
Slow decline in sales and in number of players as game designers continue to lose touch with what people want in gaming.
My own games will continue on as they have.