Virtual Worlds In Quarantine: 2020 In Video Games

Updated: Jan 24

by John Rogers & various contributors

The video games that kept us sane in the year of Covid-19
Still: 'The Last Of Us II' (Naughty Dog Entertainment, 2020)

In a year that most of us were happy to put in the bin, video games were a bright spot. Quarantining at home came as a shock to the system for many, so traversing simulated landscapes, competing with friends in online multiplayer, or evacuating reality for far-future wonderlands proved an invaluable form of escapism.


Console sales went through the roof accordingly. Nintendo’s handheld Switch system became a hot commodity, selling out worldwide. Lapsed gamers returned to the fold, and first-timers decided it was time to give games a chance. A timely