4 Reasons Why We Need to Play Games in Amidst the Global PandemicApr 8, 2020 | 0 Votes by Mikhail - rate Why in the world do you need to play video games during this time of sickness and tragedy? This will sound weird, but games really can make a huge difference.
As of this writing, there are over 700,000 COVID-19 cases worldwide. It’s undoubtedly one of the scariest tragedies humankind has faced in the 21st century, and we’re all hoping, praying, and wishing that this will all blow over.
Amidst this epidemic, video games are no longer an escape. They are not just a crucial part of the lives of many gamers’ lives, but also that of casual players and those who have never touched played a game before. Now, they’re more than a hobby, considering that they’re now a way to keep ourselves healthy and free from the virus. Even the WHO wants us to stay inside and our favorite games.
Thing is, apart from keeping us away from the streets to help quell the spread of the dreaded virus, games can also help us cope with the many issues it brings. These include isolation, boredom, and of course, loneliness. Here’s how:
Games can provide a world for you to explore
Today, our access to the real and physical world is limited. Towns and cities, likely including our own, are on a lockdown in a bid to protect ourselves from this pandemic. This means we can no longer go outside to hit the park, bask in the sunshine, and walk our dogs. Moreover, we may have had to cancel our travel plans because of this unseen microscopic enemy.
If we can’t explore the physical world, why not spend time exploring digital ones?
Many games provide us with large open worlds we can explore alone or with others. Even mobile MMORPGs, most notably Black Desert Mobile, have huge and vibrant worlds you can get lost in. Some PC and console games with outstanding worlds you can explore include Red Dead Redemption 2, The Witcher III, and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. Sure, they may not give you the same feeling as real-life locations but they can be as breathtaking.
A way to help you socialize while apart
Games today no longer keep you isolated. Instead, they can help keep you company.
Today, social distancing is encouraged (and enforced) in order to help stop the spread of the virus. This means you have to avoid large social gatherings and at least stay a few feet away from others. With that in mind, you may end up craving for social interaction which is pretty much discouraged today.
The only way to stay isolated in games today is to play a singleplayer title or shut off the internet. There are countless online multiplayer experiences that let you dive into the fray with thousands of others who are also in quarantine. Note that there are many free-to-play multiplayer games today with millions of players, including the newly-released Call of Duty: Warzone and even Fortnite.
There were even some Japanese students who held
their graduation in Minecraft after schools were closed. This a beautiful example of how games can keep us all together even when we’re apart.
Fun in these trying times
Times are tough today. Some of us may not be allowed out to see our families and loved ones. Moreover, we can’t do things we normally enjoy, like heading out to see the world, going to movie theaters, and going out to eat in various restaurants. These are small and simple pleasures and them being taken away is saddening. Meanwhile, our social media news feeds are full of pandemic-related content and news people succumbing to this microbe.
Thankfully, video games can provide temporary escape and relief from all the madness and sadness. You can easily dive into a world and get lost in it, fighting enemies and helping NPCs. Games give a much-needed morale boost and can act as substitutes for the small pleasures you would be enjoying if not for the pandemic.
Games will keep you and everyone else safe
Undoubtedly, the best reason to stay inside and play video games is to keep ourselves and everyone around us safe. If we don’t stay at home, there’s a huge chance the virus will latch on to us from an infected individual and in turn, we’ll end up spreading it wherever we go. In a way, you could say that playing games today will save not only your life but those of others.
Our lives are like high-stakes RPGs with hundreds of quests. In the middle of this pandemic though, we all have the same mission: to stay at home. Unless if you’re a medical practitioner and work in essential industries, we should work on this quest to defeat the virus together.
So, do you have any games you’d want others to play? Go on your social media accounts and start using the #PlayApartTogether hashtag with your suggestions.