The rise of competitive platforming games opens new avenues for multiplayer gaming

The popular styles of multiplayer video games have seen minimal change over the last couple generations. First-person shooters, MMORPGs, and strategy games (recently including MOBAs) still thrive in the marketplace despite the popular leaders of the genres–namely Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and League of Legends respectively–forcing competing titles to conform to their established formulas and styles, thus leading to a stagnant industry of followers rather than revolutionaries. At the same time, with the rising popularity of indie games, more unique approaches to multiplayer gameplay have had the opportunity to shine as well, in titles as diverse as Castle Crashers, Minecraft, and Towerfall. Gameplay conventions are at last being eschewed in favor of updated, refined, or altogether reimagined mechanics, resulting in delightful new styles of social gaming.