Ryan R. Hay
Digital communications professional with more than six years of experience in telling stories that inform and entertain. Professional specialties include reinforcing brand personas, personalized customer engagement & creating captivating content.
Selected Portfolio Examples
Sony revealed the first real look at the upcoming PlayStation 5 along with a ton of next-gen titles for the system. In a showcase called “The Future of Gaming,” Sony showed off the new console’s design for the first time. Sony also revealed a digital, disc-less version of the PlayStation 5 called the Digital Edition.
Wizards of the Coast, like many other companies, made statements of solidarity to fight against racial injustice in the wake of protests after George Floyd was killed by police brutality. Zaiem Beg, a prominent member of the Seattle Magic: The Gathering community and contributor to multiple Magic websites including ChannelFireball and TCGplayer.com, has a different experience with the company.
In a time when just about every major industry has been affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the gaming industry is no exception. E3 has been canceled, and developer Riot Games had to stagger releasing the Valorant beta worldwide. One of the few places that has seen growth over the past few months, however, is livestreaming.
In March, Tencent Games announced the delay of the PUBG Mobile Pro League (PMPL) for North and South America, along with PUBG Mobile World League (PMWL), as part of their pandemic response measures. Since then, players and fans have been looking forward to what is next for PUBG Mobile. Thankfully, the wait is over.
Esports events have steadily grown over the past few years, with global revenues growing to more than $1 billion and viewership cresting at more than 443 million in 2019. It’s no wonder, then, that the Japanese government is looking at esports as a new way to boost its economy. At least, that’s according to sources close to the Japan Times.
During Thursday’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct, fans got their first look at the last DLC character to be released in the Fighters Pass Vol. 1. Byleth, the professor blessed by a goddess, has joined the ranks of their fellow Fire Emblem series characters already in the game. Some Smash fans felt that at seven characters the series was starting to feel a little overrepresented, and their online reactions are reflecting it. Even series director Masahiro Sakurai poked fun at the addition of another sword-using character in the game, the goddess Sothis from Fire Emblem: Three Houses making a sly quip to the very vocal Smash community’s disdain for characters with swords.
As one of the most creative Marvel games on the market, Marvel Realm of Champions places a lot of importance on making its heroes feel unique compared to their film and comic counterparts. With the game’s latest update, Realm of Champions’ developer Kabam wanted to take one of Marvel’s most iconic heroes, Thor, and push the boundaries on what makes the God of Thunder.
Of all the confusing events that occur in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, the reveal that Liquid Snake’s arm took over Revolver Ocelot’s body might be the hardest thing to understand. Especially since the secret behind the takeover isn’t fully explained until the end of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Under the name Liquid Ocelot, the two went on to orchestrate some of the biggest events featured in the series.
Thanks to the whimsical nature of the Pokémon games it can be easy to forget that an evil team is often lurking in the shadows. Some of their schemes are relatively minor, like stopping trainers from competing in the Pokémon League challenge. Other teams have much loftier goals, like rewriting time and space to shape a new universe in their leader’s image.
No matter their goals, the evil teams in Pokémon constantly work behind the scenes to further their agenda. While the player always succeeds in the end, it doesn’t stop new evil organizations from popping up in every region.