It is finally the end of a year that most people will agree was an awful one, even for a restrained introvert like me who likes rules and order. In this final post of 2020 it would be all too easy to sum up just how bad it was. But then, everyone is already aware of this, it doesn't need summing up. Instead I will focus on the good.
I've been playing video games since the mid 1980's, I started with the Acorn Electron and have been gaming ever since. In my opinion this has been the most astonishing year for video games in terms of the sheer number of great games released. Lockdown might have been bad for many reasons but video games this year have flourished. To bring up a list of just some of the game that came out in 2020...Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Nioh 2, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Doom Eternal, Half-Life: Alyx, Resident Evil 3 (remake), Final Fantasy VII Remake, Streets of Rage 4, The Last of Us Part II, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise, Paper Mario: The Origami King, Creaks, Carrion, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, Hades, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Watch Dogs: Legion, Visage, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Demon's Souls (remake), Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Immortals Fenyx Rising, Cyberpunk 2077, Ghost of Tsushima, Zombie Army 4: Dead War and Wasteland 3. Sure many of these are sequels or remakes but the sheer number and the sheer quality is all a bit mind blowing.
As to my favourite game of the year...I would have to say Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It may not be horror (outside of the Halloween event) but a game in which you live an idyllic life on a deserted island, coming out in the middle of a global pandemic brought peace and tranquility that was so desperately needed.
Let's start with some music news for a change. Dark electronic duo MAN1K1N have released a new single, Into The Void. Johnny Veil says of the track "...is the self-deprecating dance of religiously aspiring to an 'ideal' you know you can't achieve. It's a feel good, tongue in cheek sacrifice of the self". Also released is a Big Time Kill remix of Now Your Wounds Are Getting Larger, here titled simply Wounds, which they say is far from a standard club mix. Official visualizers for both tracks are also now out.