2022 has come to an end, and with it a year full of news in video games. A lot happened in the gaming space this year, with the industry seeing waves of acquisitions, the rise and fall of cryptocurrency and NFTs, some game releases that took the world by storm, and a casting choice for a video game movie. that we all came together to dip.
Think you can remember all the great stories? Try our quiz below to see how well you know the gaming news of 2022.
Question 1 of 10
Which actor is voicing Mario in the upcoming “Super Mario Bros. Movie”?
Nintendo showed off the first trailer for “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” back in October, giving us all an ear full of Chris Pratt (of “Parks and Recreation” and Guardians of the Galaxy) as the iconic plumber. Many fans were quick to criticize the choice to snub Mario voice actor Charles Martinet, and from what they felt was Pratt’s uninspired voice acting (not to mention his ties to the controversial Hillsong megachurch). At least the non-English voices are fun.
Question 2 of 10
Which major tech company announced this year that it is shutting down its cloud gaming service?
Google’s foray into cloud gaming came to an end this year, when in September it announced the closure of Stadia by January 18, 2023. Launched in 2019, Stadia promised the ability to play video games without the need for a console. high-end or a powerful computer. , using Google data centers. Stadia had a lot of potential and was, briefly and unexpectedly, one of the most reliable ways to play “Cyberpunk 2077” following the game’s rocky launch in 2020. Players can get refunds for their games and hardware, and several game developers offer ways to transfer the saves to a new device.
Question 3 of 10
Which game studio, the first to unionize in North America, was in the news again this year when it announced it was closing?
Vodeo Games, developer of the game “Beast Breaker”, announced that it would shut down in September. Vodeo became the first officially recognized video game union in North America in 2021, part of a movement that grew this year to include employees at studios like Raven Software, Blizzard Albany, ZeniMax and others.
Question 4 of 10
What next entry in the popular game series has leaked this year, with a slew of images appearing widely online?
In September, more than 90 clips of a new game from Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar leaked online, apparently in-development footage of “Grand Theft Auto VI.” Rockstar was quick to take them down, later confirming the leak was the result of a hack. The clips featured a possible female lead, a first for the popular Crime/Driving/Crime series while driving herself. The “GTA VI” leak was one of the biggest in the history of the notoriously secretive video game industry. The leaker, a teenager from England, was arrested and charged with computer misuse.
Question 5 of 10
Which of the following game acquisitions it was not announced this year?
2022 was a banner year for video game acquisitions, the biggest of which was Microsoft’s ongoing purchase of Activision Blizzard for nearly $69 billion. The FTC filed a lawsuit to block the deal in early December, and the European Union has been investigating it, with both governing bodies citing concerns about the deal’s impact on competition in the video game industry. Other acquisitions this year included Embracer Group buying Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics and Deus Ex developer Eidos-Montréal from Square Enix (among many other studios), Sony acquiring Destiny maker Bungie, and Take-Two Interactive buying the creator of “FarmVille” Zynga. (Microsoft acquired ZeniMax in 2020, about 1 million years ago.)
Question 6 of 10
What was the name of the “Elden Ring” player who helped players around the world take on the tough boss Melania wearing nothing more than a loincloth and a pot on her head?
The notoriously difficult game “Elden Ring” saw an unexpected hero in player Let Me Solo Her, whose avatar, naked except for a pot on her head, appeared in player games to take on the notoriously defiant boss Melania. Players gathered in May to watch Let Me Solo Her kill Melania for the thousandth time, a feat that earned her a special gift from “Elden Ring” publisher Bandai Namco and developer From Software.
Question 7 of 10
Which revived gaming-focused TV network shut down this year after Comcast brought it back in 2020?
The original G4 popularized many personalities gamers know today, including Adam Sessler, Olivia Munn, and Geoff Keighley. Fans were cautiously optimistic when Comcast announced it would revive the channel in 2020. But the new G4 struggled to find its footing, facing shifting content priorities and several rounds of layoffs. Its owners abruptly shut down the network in mid-October.
Question 8 of 10
Which cryptocurrency firm, which found itself embroiled in controversy late this year, teamed up with esports organization TSM?
Esports organization TSM signed a 10-year naming rights deal with cryptocurrency exchange FTX in 2021, but that deal dissolved this year when FTX founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried resigned following allegations. of misappropriation of funds amid broader declines in the cryptocurrency space. Most recently, “League of Legends” developer Riot Games ended a seven-year sponsorship deal with now-bankrupt FTX (Bankman-Fried is reportedly a huge “League” fan).
Question 9 of 10
What long-standing goal did Pokémon protagonist Ash Ketchum finally achieve this year?
After 25 years of trying while admirably only 10 years old, the protagonist of the Pokémon anime, Ash Ketchum, became the world champion of Pokémon, ultimately becoming the best, like no one ever was. Perhaps as a result of this achievement, Ketchum will not be the star of the Pokémon anime series in the future. Maybe he’ll finally be allowed to have a birthday now.
Question 10 of 10
What was the best-selling game of 2022?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II launched in late October, and in its short lifespan of 2022, it managed to surpass previous bestseller “Elden Ring” to become the best-selling video game of the year. In its opening weekend, the game garnered over $800 million in sales, and the subsequent additions of Warzone 2.0 and DMZ multiplayer have kept players coming back.