My list of the games I most enjoyed last year, the Wordle phenomenon, Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Samsung’s Gaming Hub.
Favourite video games of 2021
There’s not much point in me doing a best games list, because I didn’t play all the games last year. But of the about 30 I did play, here’s what I enjoyed the most, in no particular order.
- Halo Infinite
- Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
- Psychonauts 2
- Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
- Far Cry 6
- Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
Word puzzle phenomenon Wordle proves that everyone is a gamer
If you’re not playing Wordle you’re most certainly seeing it pop up in your social networks. The 5-column grid with grey, yellow, and green squares making up patterns in your feed stands out.
Here’s my first playthrough, from January 4.
Created by Josh Wardle, Wordle is a word puzzle where you try to guess a five-letter word. Each time you guess, you learn which letters you selected are in the answer but in the wrong position (yellow), which letters are in the correct position (green) and which letters are not in the solution at all (grey).
If you’ve played Mastermind, the board game, you’ll recognize these mechanics.
There’s only one puzzle a day, it’s free to play through a browser, and it’s got people of all types playing and sharing the graphic of their results, which allows us to show off without spoiling the solution for everyone else.
According to Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Player’s Dictionary, there are 8,996 five letter words in the English language. That’s more than 24 years worth of puzzles.
Game streaming makes news at CES 2022
It was a slow week in Vegas, but gaming always makes noise.
Nvidia bullish on GeForce Now game streaming service
Nvidia is more than just a computer component manufacturer. While the company is known for its video cards and experiments with photo realistic renders, it’s also got some skin in the game streaming business with GeForce Now.
At CES, Nvidia announced deals with Electronic Arts to add Battlefield games to the GeForce Now library, as well as Genshin Impact, Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction, and indie cooperative shooter, the Anacrusis.
Nvidia also revealed a partnership with Samsung to have GeForce Now built into the Korean company’s televisions.
Samsung wants to give you the ability to play games without a console
Having GeForce Now onboard its displays fits right in with Samsung’s push for the gaming dollar.
The company’s own Samsung Gaming Hub is being built into Samsung’s televisions and monitors. It’s a discovery service, so in addition to GeForce Now it will also include Stadia, Google’s streaming service, as well as integrating the YouTube Gaming channel.
I expect to see other streaming services – Xbox Game Pass and Playstation Now? – to be added soon.