What are the Top Trending Games of 2021?

Whether you are an avid gamer or looking for a new pastime, you are likely to be interested in the most popular games of 2021 so far. Some items of this list might come as no surprise, whereas others might be a little more unexpected.


First released in 2017, Fortnite is by far and away one of the most popular games of all time and remains one of the most popular games played in 2021 so far. In 2020 Fortnight made records when 12.3 million players logged in to watch the virtual Travis Scott concert where he released in new single.

Casino Games

Casino games have been one of the most popular types of games for centuries. Casino games have become increasingly popular in recent years through the rise of online casinos. According to www.luckynuggetcasino.com/ca/ , some of the most popular casino games of 2021 include poker and slot machine games.

League of Legends

League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena that was first launched in 2009. League of Legends remains one of the popular video games of 2021, thanks to its large cohort of dedicated fans. According to the game’s creators, Riot Games, League of Legends is played by an average of 8 million people every single day.

Hitman 3

Launched in January 2021, Hitman 3 topped charts, becoming one of the popular new downloads of the year so far. Hitman 3 is the third in the World of Assassination trilogy and is the most popular game so far, with launch sales up 17% from Hitman 2. The game has received very favorable reviews from both critics and players, with a respectable 9 out of 10 stars on IGN.

Counter-Strike: GO

Counter-Strike: GO might have been launched over eight years ago, but it still remains one of the most played games of 2021. The Counter-Strike brand was first created back in 1990, which means that it has had lots of time to build up a brand of loyal players. While 2021 has not seen the highest number of daily players ever, its peak daily players was still 1,198,581.

What Games to Watch Out For?

Some of the predicted top-trending games for 2021 have not yet been released. The list outlines some of the most highly anticipated games for 2021 you should be looking out for.

Pokémon Snap

Scheduled to be released on the 30th of April, Pokémon Snap is one of the most highly anticipated games of 2021. The game is a follow-up from the 1999 N64 original Pokémon Snap.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade

Scheduled to be released on the PlayStation 5 on the 10th of June, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade is very highly anticipated.

Mario Golf Super Rush

Mario Golf Super Rush is the third in the series of Mario sports games for the Nintendo Switch, following Mario Tennis and the Winter Olympics games. Mario Golf Super Rush is set to be released on the 25th of June.

African games developers to watch out for

With the obvious barriers to internet access and even an occasional blackout holding African game developers back, a new generation of entrepreneurs emerges, founding their own game development companies, and making it their mission to meet the demand to see African-centric titles and characters appear on the worldwide gaming scene.

Here are some of the best African firms out there, working on everything from augmented reality (AR) projects to mobile button bashers.

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Playstation Controller

Augmented Reality Gaming Comes to Africa

Until now AR and VR games were a staple of huge tech and gaming giants from the US, Europe, and Asia, who have long been developing the games and headsets needed to make them happen, with everything from VR casinos to Pokémon Go coming from their intricate developmental pipelines.

However, when it comes to augmented reality gaming in Africa it is the Kenyan based gaming firm Internet of Elephants that leads the way, recently garnering worldwide media interest from their new game Wildeverse, which takes players into the habitats of wild animals regardless if they’re walking in their backyards or just playing at home. The game was fine-tuned by the team in the jungles of Borneo and Congo, where the developers learned all they could about the animals and habitats they wished to portray in the game.

Mobile Gaming Makes Sense for Africa

With very few of the continent’s inhabitants having access to computer terminals or steady internet connections, it makes sense that the future of gaming in Africa is likely to take place on mobile devices. It is therefore not a surprise that some of the most innovative African gaming companies are focusing their attention on the mobile sector.

Leti Arts is one of these companies, which originated in Ghana but ultimately settled in Kenya. Their flagship titles include Africa’s Legends and Reawakening, both of which draw heavily from various blends of African folklore and legend to create unique gaming experiences. This makes a welcome change from bungled appropriation leaning attempts by foreign gaming companies who tend to resort to boring stereotypes when creating Africa-themed games and characters.

For Francophone gamers, there’s a company doing similar things in Cameroon. Kiro’o Games’ main title is Aurion: The Legacy of the Kori-Odan, which looks to African cultural heritage for inspiration.

Meanwhile, many African mobile gaming companies are finding new ways to monetize their often free-to-install gaming apps. One example of this is a Nigerian company Gamsole who has partnered with Diamond Bank, that wishes to educate and engage potential new clients, knowing full well that games are a perfect vehicle for customer satisfaction. This is a trend that will no doubt grow this decade, with developers likely wishing to diversify their offerings to markets where there’s a lot of money to spend. Who knows, the next time you go to top up your phone credit or even use your Oddschecker mobile casino bonus you may find yourself coming face to face with an African-made mobile game.

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Games Keyboard

African Games Demanding Space on Major Platforms

Another promising advance for budding African developers is that some have already begun to make inroads into the world’s biggest gaming platforms. This has been evidenced by South African company Nyamakop featuring their wonderful game Semblance on non-other than the Nintendo Switch, allowing gamers all over the globe to play a game whose roots are firmly planted in African soil.

Another example of this is Tunisia’s DigitalMania, one of the continent’s most experienced game design houses, who have racked up a whole backlist of games that are consistently played by millions of users on platforms as huge as Facebook, Google Play and the Apple Store.

By the time gaming producers in Europe, Asia, and the US wake up to the potential of gaming in Africa they may find they’re too late because the homegrown talent in this field is only set to grow. We’ll still have to wait for a couple of years to see if these seeds will bring fruit, but the potential is hard to ignore.

Eight Signs They Are Playing With Your Mind

Few things are as frustrating as the mind games when it comes to dating. It’s hard to prove and hard to personally believe because we want to be exceptions to rules. Except we’re not because then the rule itself would just not exist.

Here’s how to tell the difference between your own issues and a partner’s deliberate, purposeful mindgames.

1. You’re reading this article – You wouldn’t be concerned about a man playing with your mind you if you didn’t think it was already happening, would you?

2. You’re always struggling to get the upper hand – Fun fact: The “upper hand” is nonsense. The only people who care about it are players, not people who are actually concerned with building a healthy foundation for a relationship to last. If you’re trying to figure out how to get the upper hand, you’ve already lost it.

3. You’re working hard to make him like you – What you should be focusing on is whether or not you like him. If you have to strive to prove yourself worthy to someone constantly, that’s too exhausting and impossible to keep up.

4. He insults you if you reject him – Seriously, if you’re only ever be called a whore by someone you never entertain anymore. Roll your eyes, keep your composure and move along. Don’t go down to their level.

5. He “forgets” to call or stands you up… You wait by the phone or at the bar, because you’re a decent person who has faith in humanity. He never calls and he never shows.

6 … But then he texts you a week later- You really don’t think he was testing the waters with another broad during that time? You’re smarter than this.

7. He insists you’ll never find anyone better-This is the clearest sign that you will. Because honestly, does it get much worse than this? 


Kanye West : Marriage , games and cheating

If you are Kanye West, you will always be surrounded by women and that will be temptation enough for one to cheat, those are sentiments shared by Kanye’s step mum and sister.

Apparently he used the children’s game Connect 4 to judge someone’s intelligence.

Aliya Jones, who’s mother Brenda Bentley was engaged to Kanye father Ray, told Heat magazine that when you are Kanye West “there’s going to be some temptation to stray”.

His step-sis isn’t gloating though as she continued with compassion: “I pray for them both – it’s going to be a lot of work and it’s never going to end. The temptation is always going to be there, as long as he is Kanye West.”

Brenda, who has been close to Kanye since he was just nine, went on to say that it’s not just Kim’s incredible booty that keeps him interested – he also likes the fact she’s not an “airhead” *

And how does he know she’s not? “He has Connect 4 backstage and if a woman could play Connect 4 with him, and give him a run for his money, he’d be interested.

“So you have to have a brain to be with him , he wouldn’t tolerate anything less.”

Bridal shower : Games to play

When a friend is about to walk down the aisle, her bridal team, family and friends usually hold bridal shower.

In most cases it is usually organised in secret to surprise the bride.

Depending on how free the bride is, others might also bring strippers.

However there are a few simple games that you could play as you enjoy the party.

Paper dress – This is a fun game. Using a few weeks’ pieces of your local newspaper, your guests will make a funky wedding gown for the bride. Divide guests up into teams of three, and give them a supply of newspaper, scissors, tape and glitter. Assign each team a design of the wedding dress and let them ‘sew’ away. Then, dress the bride in all the fabulously inventive pieces and have her pose for a very humorous photo shoot, then let her decide the one she likes most. The winning team gets a present.

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Thread game – This is one of the best icebreakers and gives people an opportunity to know each other. As your guests arrive, give them thread/knitting wool and scissors and instruct them to cut off as much as they think they’ll need. Remember not to reveal anything when they ask what it’s for. As soon as everyone is seated go around the room and have each person talk about themselves for as long as it takes to wrap the piece of thread around a finger. The longer the string, the longer they talk—and the more you get to know your guests!

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Throw back/ Memory game – For this game when you send out each guest’s shower invitations, include a blank note card along with a request to write down his or her favorite memory of the bride, groom or the couple. When they arrive, have your guests drop their memories into a box. At the shower, read each memory out loud and ask the bride and/or groom to guess which guest wrote it. From childhood memories to milestone moments, each card reflects the personal bond that each guest has with the couple. And, at the end of the day, the bride has a stack of memories to keep.

The artists – Provide the guests with a paper, eraser, pencil and crayons. Let them draw a picture of the couple and then sign off. You will then give the bride the pictures to decide which one she likes the most. The winner gets a gift plus an autograph on the winning photo.

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Wedding night words – While the bride is opening her gifts, have a bridesmaid secretly write down everything that the bride-to-be says (make sure she doesn’t notice). Once all the gifts have been opened, gather everyone together and with your best bedroom voice—read aloud the “ooh’s” and “aah’s” and exclamations (e.g. “Wow! That’s tiny!”) that the bride said – it’s what the bride will be telling her groom on the wedding night!.




Durban to confirm bid for Commonwealth Games in 2022

South African city Durban will Monday move significantly closer to staging the 2022 Commonwealth Games — considered a possible launchpad for an Olympics bid.

A short ceremony in London is set to confirm the east coast city as the lone contender to stage the quadrennial, 71-nation multisport event.

The 600-page, 30-centimetre thick bid book will be handed to Commonwealth Games Federation officials during a brief mid-day ceremony at the official residence of the London Lord Mayor.

Bidding for the Commonwealth event is seen as a possible dress rehearsal for a 2024 or 2028 Olympics bid.

No African country has hosted either event.

South Africa have proposed a 12-day Commonwealth Games from July 18 — birthday of the late Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Canadian city Edmonton also wanted to play host to the 2022 Games, but withdrew due to financial constraints.

The cost of staging the Commonwealth Games is a sensitive issue in South Africa, where a quarter of the active population is jobless.

Millions of South Africans lack running water and electricity and believe money used to fund the Games should be spent on basic services instead.

National government, local government and sports officials are tight-lipped about costs, saying only that the figures will be revealed Monday.

“The 2022 Games will be affordable,” South African Olympic body boss Gideon Sam told reporters before flying to London.

“About 95 percent of the infrastructure is in place.”

Sam says an economic impact study predicts visitors to the Games would spend 12 billion rand ($1 billion/928 million euros).

There would also be revenue from ticket sales and shares of broadcast and sponsorship deals.

The Olympic supremo is excited about the likelihood of the Commonwealth Games coming to Africa.

“The time has come for Africa to host these Games. We have the infrastructure.”

Officials stress that the emphasis will be on upgrading existing facilities with only an athletes’ village and a shooting range to be built from scratch.

Another cost-cutter is that most of the venues will be within 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) of the main Moses Mabhida Stadium, a 2010 FIFA World Cup venue.

“If you look at Durban, the main stadium is in place, the swimming pool is in place, the athletics track is in place,” said Sam.

“We will follow the 2012 London Olympics lead and use exhibition centres for the indoor sports.”

– Top-Class Bid –

Durban bid committee chief executive Tubby Reddy warned, however, against assuming the deal was done ahead of a September 2 vote in Auckland to decide the 2022 hosts.

“Officials are not voting over one or other city now,” he told reporters, “they are voting over the quality of the bid we are presenting.

“We are not facing rival bids — we are competing against ourselves. I believe we have a top-class bid.”

South Africa has successfully hosted the football, rugby union and cricket World Cup tournaments, and there has been much media speculation about an Olympics bid.

Reddy cautioned against linking the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games.

“The Olympics is a completely different ball game when it comes to costs.

“To give one example: a Commonwealth Games gymnastics venue requires 5,000 seats, but you need 15,000 for an Olympics.”

Glasgow hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 edition is scheduled for the Australian Gold Coast.

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