Note: I originally published at https://www.speedgamingnews.com on February 24, 2021.

“Failure” is a strong word. In the gaming world, a failure is when a game fails to meet consumer expectations, either failing to sell well, getting bad reviews and sometimes both. There are many reasons why a game would fail, perhaps it was too rushed, or it was too ambitious, or maybe the audience expected too much and got too little in return. Either way, the game just did not quite hit the mark for people. The gaming industry has had its fair share of duds in the past few…


Note: I wrote this originally for speedgamingnews.com

There is a strange phenomenon that is going on within the games industry. Over the past few years, popular video games that are no longer the golden child of social media are very quickly considered “dead”. A quick browse on YouTube will give you hundreds of videos that explain to you why your favorite game is dead. Fall Guys, Animal Crossing, Among Us, and Phasmophobia are a few examples of games that exploded in popularity due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, before fading from the spotlight. Games like Fortnite or League of Legends are…


I did not expect that a single-player game I decided to play based off of a meme would turn out to become one of, if not my favourite series of all time. Yet, 2020 has been an unprecedented year, and it has resulted in me putting over 300 hours put into Yakuza 0, Kiwami, and Kiwami 2.

Further, it seems like I am not the only one who has just recently discovered the Japanese beat’em up (now RPG). Sega’s annual report for 2020 cited that since 2018, over 3 million Yakuza games were sold, which account for 20% of their…


Note: The impact of COVID-19 has continued to affect the globe since I began writing this, so a few news events may be outdated.

On the wake of the NBA (National Basketball Association) suspending its games, the Italian Medical Chief dying as a result of contracting coronavirus, and a string of multiple countries going on lockdown, coronavirus has affected nearly every corner of our earth. The pandemic has affected every industry, be it tech, food, even gaming.

As many countries are looking towards quarantining and installing curfews to maintain safety for its citizens, one might think that the gaming industry…


After many weeks of studying and checking our calendars, we have finally arrived at finals week. For some students, this quarter may have been a breeze, one where they could kick back and relax. For others, this may have been the hardest quarter of their lives. Regardless, everyone should be proud and happy that they’ve made it to the end of yet another quarter. An excellent reward? Firing up some games, and having some fun. This week was a big deal for the industry. An old gaming giant, Halo was recently announced to be coming to the PC, earning widespread…


The brilliance of the original Halo soundtrack needs few words of introduction

It only takes a couple seconds of the rhythmic chants for gamers across the world to chant along or grin with delight as they remember Halo. For the people who’ve had the good fortune of playing the Halo series (one that’s been consistently covered before), one of the hallmarks of the series was the music and soundtrack. Music has been an often-underrated part of video games. They can turn sad moments into periods of intense anguish, and turn ordinary gunplay into furious, deadly, and exciting shootouts. That is the beauty of a good soundtrack, and it, as well as the…


Merry Christmas from the Overwatch Squad!

Full Disclosure: I wrote this article for another website that has attached their Amazon affiliate links to certain products.

Every year, as the days inch closer and closer to Christmas and the New Year, there is always a sense of happiness in the air. Whether people look forward to a new year, and a fresh start, or they’ve had a brilliant year and hope it continues, nearly everyone looks forward to Christmas. Partly due to no work or school, and partly because of the Christmas presents. Yes, everyone obviously enjoys spending quality time with friends and/or family, but no one…


Hearthstone, another title released by Blizzard that has made it’s way to iOS and Android

Mobile games, some people love it, some people hate it, but everyone’s at least gotten their hands on a mobile game once in their lives. With the prevalence of phones in the current society, it’s no surprise that mobile games have also grown in popularity as well. Unsurprisingly, it has led some larger developers to turn from consoles and PC’s to dip their toes into the mobile genre. Popular games like Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Hitman are some examples. There are some developers, however, that…


Video Games have been a consistency amongst our culture for a long time now. Their potential is limitless in what they can do for people. For some, they prove to be a welcome escape from work or school. After a tiring day, it’s a reward to jump into another world, be it 1900s outlaw country in Red Dead Redemption II, or fantastical experiences like the Assassin’s Creed Series. Some others use it to connect with their friends and have a good time. These games come in great variety, like the PC MOBA game League of Legends, or the tactical shooter…


Over the past couple of days, it has been impossible to traverse the video game world without coming across the new juggernaut from Rockstar Games, Red Dead Redemption II. Taking the world by storm, the game has sold made more than $725 Million in the three days since it’s been released. It’s no surprise considering how well the first game performed, both in terms of critical response and sales. Fans have been clamouring for a sequel since the original Red Dead Redemption released in 2010. However, even though Rockstar Games has released their long-awaited follow-up title, both games still remain…

William Lim

Freelance Writer, Student, and lover of all things gaming.

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