I’ve not connected with people I actually know via multiplayer computer games since… about 2002 or so; barring the odd split screen game of something like TowerFall [edit: I remembered, hours after posting this, that I did play about 12 games of League of Legends with two people I know, this year. The fact that I forgot this when writing this says how much of a lasting impression that was! Since I remembered it though: no, LoL isn’t going on my list of great experiences here - eventually, despite everything, it confirmed my usual problem with online multiplayer since, well, 2002 - the existence of other people who are douchebags.]. Even when discord channels I’m in have had “gaming sessions” of stuff, I’ve really not joined in, it feels strange and weird in a way I find hard to articulate - sort of like the uncanny valley version of parasocial relationships?
So, this year, as with the others, my “social” experience of video games has mostly been via Twitch streamers playing stuff. I talked to a bunch of people who played, yes, Hades a lot [all of whom far surpassed my own progress in less than a third of the time].
I did play a bunch of Fall Guys - but it quickly palled as soon as it actually started becoming a game about “skill” more than mostly randomness. I’m not sure it actually brought me together with any people on the internet or otherwise [thanks partly to that whole thing where they had to make everyone’s screen names pseudo-anonymous numbers due to a bunch of people picking horrible names for themselves].
As such, the most bonding with actual people I know over games on computers I’ve done has been with internet hosted board-game simulators plus Zoom or Discord. I’ve played a bunch of Yahtzee and 6 nimmt and other games with friends, on scheduled nights.
Plus, for the first time in ages [and first time in vanilla 5th edition D&D], I’ve actually been part of a regular, discord + FoundryVTT hosted RPG game, on Sunday afternoons. It’s been… both positive and negative, but I guess it counts as a social experience involving games and computers…