Here’s An Awesome Video Game & Pop Culture Wrap-Up Of 2020

2020 is a terrible year for many. But 2020 is also a good year for gaming. Here are the highlights of that year. And hope the rest burns in heck.

Video Cliff’s Notes:

January

-Australian bushfires.
-US ballistics strike in Iraq.
-Philippine volcano spews ash near Manila.
-Bad Boys For Life, one of 2020’s top-grossing films.
-MAGFest 2020
-Major & notable game releases: Dragonball Kakarot, Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, Coffee Talk by Indonesian game studio.

February

-COVID-19.
-Sonic The Hedgehog, one of 2020’s top-grossing films.
-Major game releases: Granblue Fantasy Versus.
-The death of Kazuhisa Hashimoto, the Konami code creator.

March

-Economy issues due to COVID-10
-Major game releases: Doom Eternal, Animal Crossing New Horizons, Call of Duty Warzone, Ori & The Will of the Wisps.

April

-COVID-19 quarantines/lockdowns/MCOs and their effects.
-Major game releases: Final Fantasy VII Remake, Gears Tactics, Trials of Mana remake, Streets of Rage 4, Sakura Wars.

May

-The death of George Floyd, followed by Black Lives Matter protests.
-Major game releases: Deep Rock Galactic, Maneater.

June

-Google & Alphabet sued over user tracking.
-Hong Kong protests over new security law still happening.
-PlayStation 5 revealed
-Major game releases: Valorant, The Last of Us Part 2.

July

-Hong Kong security law passed.
-Major game releases: Ghost of Tsushima, Marvels’ Iron Man VR, Paper Mario: Origami King.
-2018 game Among Us gains resurgence.

August

-Massive explosion rocks Beirut.
-Polio eradicated in Africa.
-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe resigns due to health reasons.
-Tenet came out on cinemas starting this month, didn’t do well due to outside world conditions.
-Apple vs. Fortnite.
-Gamescom 2020 Online.
-Singapore Games Association formed, led by IMBA Interactive founder Gwen Guo.
-Major game releases: Microsoft Flight Simulator -No Straight Roads, one of Malaysia’s most-championed game made by ex-Square Enix designer Wan Hazmer & Street Fighter V concept artist Daim Dziauddin.

September

-Anti-vaccine protests.
-California “red sky”.
-Ubisoft’s apology after sexual and office abuse allegations are uncovered.
-Tokyo Game Show 2020 (online).
-Microsoft buys Bethesda & Zenimax for US$7.5 billion.
-Major game releases: Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2, Genshin Impact, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Hades, Mafia: Definitive Edition.

October

-Aegean Sea earthquake.
-AOC plays Among Us to get young folks to vote.
-Major game releases: Crash Bandicoot 4, Star Wars Squadron, Ghostrunner, Watchdogs: Legion.

November

-Joe Biden is the US of A’s new president; celebrations soon followed.
-COVID-19 cases on the rise for some countries.
-Xbox Series and PS5 launched.
-Major game releases: Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, Bugsnax, Spider-Man Miles Morales, Demon’s Souls remake, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, Yakuza: Like A Dragon.

December

-Climate change & global warming issues.
-Wonder Woman 1984, the first major superhero film of 2020, came out in cinemas and digital streaming services.
-The Game Awards 2020: The Last of Us Part 2 won a lot of them. -Major game releases: Immortals Fenyx Rising, Cyberpunk 2077.

Author: Mr Toffee

Jonathan "Mr Toffee" Leo is a writer, editor, & all-around video game words guy for 9 years, give or take. He also did some story for games like Chain Chronicle and some podcasting on the side. Likes: bacon, Metallica, jogging. Hates: raccoons, oblivion.

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