As we shift towards the interactive age we begin to see signs of the new era in virtual interactive design. All one has to do is look at the current generation consoles, such as the Wii and the PS3 that provide controls intertwined into your movements. The era continues forward in other gaming areas as well. One of the newest innovations is in the strategy guides department. And of course, the engine of this new strategy guide method is none other than World of Warcraft.
The WoW guide department has been littered with good ones and bad ones, they have been reviewed and tried throughout the community and the cream has risen to the top. With the market saturated with Warcraft guides, what new template could be offered? Enter the In-Game Strategy Guide.
At the forefront is the Zygor Guide, this cool guide provides a software addon as well as the standard eBook format. The in-game portion displays as a small window on the game screen, it actually has two display options, the Big Guide, which is the large in-game window, and the Small Guide which is the small in-game window. It is an incredibly cool idea and really adds to the stale eBook strategy guide format. No more alt-tabbing in and out of the game, the in-game guide actually provides the path within the game.
Not to be left behind, Team Idemise and Joanna’s Horde Leveling Guide also provide in-game guide software. Team Idemise presents itself as an in-game waypoint system that points you exactly where you need to go. Joanna’s Guide provides a mod for in-game leveling as well, it is specifically for Wrath of the Lich King but she is about to release one as well for her first flagship as well.
The future is exciting for the online gaming community. But not just for them, imagine the guides that will install directly into console games so that those offline gamers will have this interactive option too. This will push the guide industry forward as the demand grows. This trend will expand exponentially.
It’s exciting to consider what other innovations that WoW strategy guides will begin to offer in the near future.