Boss Rush Banter: Will 2022 Be Dominated by Dark and Gritty Themes in Video Games?

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Like most forms of consumable media, video games have seen its fare share of trending themes or genres. For example, indie titles used to be incredibly niche, but now they have their own showcases and categories in the Game Awards. Some gamers even actively seek out indie games over AAA titles. Another example is the resurgence of rogue-likes to the mainstream player. Rogue-likes can be incredibly frustrating and turn many people off; however, with the advent of Dead Cells in 2017, Hades in 2018, and Returnal in 2021, the genre became the next hot thing. What is trending next in the gaming industry?

During the Game Awards this year, there were a plethora of trailers (some argue too many), and almost all of them held a common thread. At first, I thought my impressions were simply my own; however, I have heard several podcasts that confirmed my thoughts. Many of…

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