Published on December 27th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


5 Exciting, Recent, Late 2020 Video Game Industry Developments

Whether or not you are still quarantining full-time, odds are that some of your favorite dining and entertainment spots are still not open like they used to be. In turn, you are spending more time at home and are consuming more digital and streaming-based content that you were this time last year.

Fortunately, video games are still in a “golden age” of sorts. No matter your console of choice, the games these days are amazing, including the music used in them. And even if most of the video game developers were forced to change up how they make their games as of late, there are still plenty of new and exciting things for gamers to be psyched about, no matter how much gaming you do. Below is a look at some recent video game industry developments which recently hit my radar.

Family Feud Decades on Stadia

Growing up, I was a game show fanatic. In turn, when I heard about Family Feud being available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Stadia last month, I was definitely ready to “play the feud.” This version of the popular game show, which pits 2groups in a competition to guess the most popular answers to a variety of questions, includes a Classic mode (a team of up to 5 players can play against AI), Party Battle mode (group versus group via local multiplayer) and Couch Vs. Couch mode (play against other groups online). Additionally, Family Feud includes a Live Show feature that lets players broadcast their games directly to Twitch or YouTube to play with their viewers. There is also a player-customization feature that contains unlockable items and titles. Lots of options and ways to play this classic game show in video game form.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated

Stadia recently added a title for kids and kids at heart alike, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated, a remake of a classic game with updated graphics. Within the gameplay, you play as SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy and show the evil Plankton that crime pays even less than Mr. Krabs, aiming to save Bikini Bottom from lots of rampant robots. It includes both local and online multi-player modes, as retailing for $29.99.

Watch Dogs: Legion

In Watch Dogs: Legion, near future London is facing its downfall…unless you do something about it. Unlike many other reality-oriented games with combat, this one has actual landmarks of a major city, thus you can visit Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Camden, Piccadilly Circus, and the London Eye. This one is now available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, PC and Stadia. Its Gold Edition and Ultimate Edition both feature additional digital content, story expansions and new heroes.

Cthulhu Saves Christmas

Available now on Stadia, Cthulhu Saves Christmas sees players on a quest to restore Cthulhu’s powers by rescuing Santa Claus from the League of Christmas Evil. The game first launched just ahead of Christmas 2019, making its Stadia debut just as timely. Since launch, the game has managed solid reviews with a 9/10 from user reviews on Steam and a 83 percent rating via Metacritic. This RPG costs $9.99, which is identical to the game’s Steam listing price.

Enter The Gungeon

Available for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Steam and Stadia, Enter The Gungeon is a gunfight dungeon crawler following a band of misfits seeking to shoot, loot, dodge roll and table-flip their way to personal absolution by reaching the legendary Gungeon’s ultimate treasure: the gun that can kill the past. Simply select a hero and battle your way to the bot­tom of the Gungeon by surviving a challenging and evolving series of floors filled with the dangerously adorable Gundead and fearsome Gungeon bosses armed to the teeth. You will gather precious loot, discover hidden secrets, and chat with opportunistic merchants and shopkeepers to purchase powerful items to gain an edge.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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