Gaming was already a favorite activity across audiences before we were all locked down. Not surprisingly, the activity level now is exploding. For many of us confined to our home, gaming platforms and apps—and digital technology, in general—have become a lifeline.
What was once viewed with restraint has now become the antidote to our social isolation reality. Even those who used to regard gaming and screen time with reproach now recognize the critical role these play and how they meet some of our most important needs during this time: entertainment, escape, connection, competition, and mental stimulation.
In this issue, Speed looks at how games have become legitimate avenues of social networks and opportunities, how indie games are becoming less niche, and what gear you should invest in if you’re serious about gaming.
We also list down five Pinoy-made games we can’t wait to play, give you a first-timer’s guide to tabletop RPG, and introduce you to Dexie Diaz, a 17-year-old streamer conquering social media.
Elsewhere in this issue, we also write about the movies and series streaming on your favorite services, the hottest gadgets in town, myths about hybrid cars, and tips to beat burnout.
And then of course, there’s BTS, the megawatt group from Seoul, South Korea, that has taken over the globe. The K-pop superstars appear on the cover of Speed’s March-April 2021 issue featuring the Samsung Galaxy S21 Series 5G. The latest epic collaboration between the tech conglomerate and the music moguls feature the Samsung Galaxy S21 series—super smartphones that sport plenty of camera prowess, 5G support, and an immense amount of power. Know more about BTS and these state-of-the-art flagship devices in this issue of Speed.