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Covid-eogames

As fear and panic has seeped into our often small living quarters, video games offer a window to an escape.

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few months then you probably know about COVID-19 and the pandemic at hand. If you have been living under a rock for the past two months then perhaps, go back under it.

Fear not! All hope is not lost. Sure things are looking pretty grim out there. But we have the (mouse and) key to help defeat this horrid sickness. That’s right I’m talking about video games! Many people are already picking up their controllers amidst this quarantine crisis. NBA player Donovan Mitchell has responded with his contact to the outbreak by saying he is fine, in isolation, “playing video games all day”. Glad to hear that Donovan is doing well and also glad to hear that he has found some comfort in playing video games.

Some athletes are even streaming their video gaming such as Keenan Allen and Devin Booker. Devin Booker’s team the Phoenix Suns went so far as to pledge to continue the season virtually via NBA 2K20. Fans will be able to watch the games live on their Twitch channel. According to Sun’s reporter Kellan Olson the first game was a tremendous success reaching over 12,500 viewers and among the top 10 most viewed channels at the time. Having some experience on Twitch myself I can say this is an incredible feat and something the NBA and gaming community should be proud of.

A prime example of video games being just what we need in these trying times. Loneliness can ensue while we are all trapped inside our little boxes. Thank God we have the greatest box of all. The Xbox. Or the PlayStation or a PC if that’s your cup of tea. It doesn’t matter what platform you choose, what matters is that we are all in this together. Yea it sucks we can’t watch our favorite teams play, go see any performances, or even go to the bar and get a drink. But what we can do is make the choice to stay healthy and happy. Go ahead. Hop online. Call up your friends and continue to have good times together. Solidarity has been and always will be what gets us through tough times.

Just because we can’t interact in person doesn’t mean there aren’t great ways to interact virtually. There are a plethora of games that require teamwork, communication, and skill. The perfect combination for combating stir craziness. Call of Duty has just released a free to play battle royale “Warzone”, but don’t forget titles such as Overwatch, Dead by Daylight, and Apex Legends. Whatever you choose to play, have fun playing it and enjoy one another’s company. With video games and more importantly each other, we will get through this.

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