After Years Of Being Blamed For Everything, The World Turns To Video Games To Escape During Coronavirus Shut-In

from the the-hand-that-entertains-you dept

For years and years and years, video games have suffered the brunt of blame for all manner of the world’s ills. Real world violence? Video games. Mass shootings? Video games. Soccer team not performing well? Video games! Kids getting into hacking? Bruh, video games! Men not finding women attractive enough to keep the human race going? Video games did that, too!

Which makes it kind of fun to now see media outlets suggesting, nay, pushing those impacted one way or the other by the coronavirus outbreak to go jump into those same dastardly video games.

Think of gaming as a personal stimulus plan for a nation of unexpected shut-ins: It’s not a long-term solution, it won’t work for everyone, and it won’t solve the underlying problems — but it can provide limited, temporary relief for some.

Video games take many forms, but they are all essentially simulations. And when the real world is temporarily unavailable, a simulated version might be what we need.

Those of us who evangelize gaming, of course, have shouted this same line for years. Still, the point is only partially right. Yes, video games are something of a simulation… but typically a fantastical one. Which is the entire point, of course. During times of high stress, and being forced to be shut-ins by some invisible enemy that we may already have inside of us certainly qualifies, a little escapism through entertainment is nearly medicine. And certain games, frankly, are particularly well-suited to this situation.

Stuck inside a small house or apartment because your state is in lockdown? Fire up that big screen TV and Skyrim and just walk the wilds for a while. Miss being able to get out into your big city and enjoy a little freedom? GTA will at least give you a simulation of that, albeit an over the top ridiculous one. Just need to turn your brain off for an hour because you lost your job and need to relax? I’ll be damned if Stardew Valley won’t set you at ease.

That makes games useful in another way. Some of us are shut in alone. But especially in cities, many are now effectively trapped inside modest apartments with family or roommates, and little private space. Games offer a form of personal escape, a way to simulate being elsewhere from the confines of your couch.

And for those who are alone, games can also serve as social spaces, virtual fields of play for cooperative adventures or competitive contests. Many of today’s most popular games are online experiences that allow players to engage with friends as well as strangers, to forge digital versions of the same sort of bonds with teammates that can develop in the real world.

As the post notes, these are not long-term solutions, but they are therapy of a kind. All I’ll say is that we should be damned glad our PCs and consoles aren’t vengeful, or they’d refuse to help us in our time of need with all of the abuse we’ve heaped on them.

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Samuel Abram (profile) says:

Re: Re: 'A hundred square feet more floor space for only one arm!'

I think Tom Nook is better in this game, seeing as
A. He actually asks you if you want to expand your house before doing so, and
B. he doesn’t charge interest.

So I’m sorry if I’m one of those people who don’t hate Tom Nook and his children as much as others.

Oh, and one other thing, Tom Nook is a Raccoon Dog which is 狸(たぬき)(tanuki) in Japanese, not a Raccoon which is アライグマ (araiguma). You can find the differences here.

Angel (profile) says:

As someone who has grown accustomed to be stuck in the house due to a disability, I’ve known the value of video games for a long time. I’ve also gained some other insights as to dealing with feeling isolated. So when all this hit about a week ago wrote up a lengthy post which I first shared on my hometown subreddit, with tips for those who aren’t used to being shut-in. The first thing on my list was getting social with video games. I’ve made some very good friends over the years thanks to MMORPG’s and having that escape plus a way to connect with others has been a lifesaver to me many times.

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Andrea Iravani says:

The new official policy on terrorism predictions is " Who Ever Smelt It Dealt It!"

When people just "warn" of a "possibility" without any evidence to support that "warning", it is not a warning! It is a threat which is in and of itself an act of terrorism! There happen to be laws against terrorism in this country! Send these psychopaths to prison where they belong so that they can no longer harm anyone! Demand the extradition of Netenyahu! He belngs in GITMO far more than anyone there!

So sick of these psychopaths! From Netenyahu to Gates! Rockefeller is out of the way now, after his grande finale post exit strategy of coronavirus and event 201 that he predicted would happen.

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Andrea Iravani says:

Re: Re: Re:

Of course the coronavirus effects the olfactory! So does a common cold or flu! The way that these medical frauds proclaim that that is unusual that it effects sense of smell should be 100% proof as to what frauds they are!

Like claiming that they recently discovered that a fever and infection effects white blood cell count!

This has been common knowledge for ever!

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Bruce C. says:

Re: Re:

"All I’ll say is that we should be damned glad our PCs and consoles aren’t vengeful, or they’d refuse to help us in our time of need "

All I can say is that you must not have worked with very many PCs back in the days of Win 95 and DOS. I’ve seen PC behavior that can only be described as vengeful.

Scary Devil Monastery (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

"Oh indeed, but neither of those even come close to the horror of Vista…"

Having suffered the infliction of both windows 95 and Vista in my time, i beg to differ. With Vista there was bloat, freezes, lockups, bad drivers, and every other issue you could expect from what amounted to microsoft putting a crap version of windows 7 through an open beta, with every bad idea they thought they could get away with added.

Windows 95, is what made the BSOD the expected default behavior of a PC and prompted numerous techies to profess a belief that although artificial intelligence wasn’t on the horizon, artificial malice appeared to be developed enough to beat the genuine article hands down.

"We recommend a full fresh install every four weeks"

  • Microsoft Tech support on windows 95 and 98.
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DannyB (profile) says:

Video games are NOT to blame

The video games nor the video game manufacturers are to blame.

Unknown to the manufacturers, there is code hidden in their games that secretly generates an undetectable signal which appears successively in each frame of the game. Exposure to this signal gradually causes the players to become aware of undetectable signals from government satellites which transform players into government controlled robots.

The proof is that these signals and the code in the games are undetectable and cannot be shown to exist.

I personally find that the best protection is to fashion your aluminum headwear using TWO layers of aluminum foil. This more than doubles the effectiveness due to a resonance effect which develops between the two layers at exactly double the frequency of the government’s invisible brain lasers. (take the effectiveness of a single layer of aluminum foil and multiply by a coefficient greater than 2.0.) Furthermore, if you fashion your aluminum hat with two antennas instead of the usual one, this further increases the effectiveness by an additional 37 %.

I’m not talking crazy tin foil hat conspiracy theories here. You MUST use aluminum foil hats to protect yourself from this insidious threat in these dangerous times.

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Andrea Iravani says:

This war on the coronavirus is likely as ficticious as the war on terrorism, which was really nothing but a front used for money laundering diverting trillions of dollars from the Pentagon to Wall Street since nobody would question the obscene missing funds.

Now similary, the same culprits are demanding vast sums of money to be spent for 100,000 hospital beds and 100,000 respirators, and millions of test kits and vaccines, and trillions for losses from mandatory shut downs.

How would anybody know if these things were actually purchased? They wouldn’t!

Of course in all of it, the megalomaniac psychopaths whose egos are so gargantuan that they cannot be contained within their own skulls and invade our private lives spying on us in our private lives.

Paying mehalomaniacs, intellectual property theives, and sex offenders to spy on people to fight the spread of the coronavirus is the biggest bullshit story of the millenia!

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Andrea Iravani says:

I thought that Russia was being blamed. Many Russian companies and diplomats have bedn subjected to economic sanctions at the request of congress, since the DNC refuses to admit any personal responsibility for the 2016 election.

Today, Space Force launched Lockheed Martin rockets fitted with an Russian RD 180 purchased this year, from Cape Canaveral one of six. This will be for Ultra High Frequency communications, supposedly. Why? Beats the hell out of me!

Why Russia puts up with this BS is a mystery to me!

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