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Gaming During COVID-19

The global gaming industry is one which has not been negatively affected by the coronavirus. In fact, it’s going from strength to strength. According to the World Economic Forum, in 2020, video game sales are expected to be around $159 billion. This is as opposed to music and movie sales.

In years gone by LAN parties were popular among gamers. During this type of gathering, a group of gamers would gather at a particular place where there were LAN (which stands for local area network) cables. They would connect their PCs up and play against each other. The biggest LAN party is Quakecon which was started in the United States of America in the mid-90s.

With the Internet, these LAN parties went international and avid gamers were able to play against like-minded people in other parts of the world. With around 76% of homes in the United States having at least one Internet-enabled device, more and more people were able to start joining in.

Preferred Video Games In COVID

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

During the lockdown, people were feeling depressed, anxious. They needed comfort and to feel that there was something familiar in their lives despite the chaos ensuing in the world around them. Halo has been around for ages and some gamers went to Halo: The Master Chief Collection to give them a distraction during the lockdown.

Outer Wilds

As people’s movements are being restricted, the yearning for travelling became that much more keenly felt. This is why others turned to playing Outer Wilds, which is a game based on travels in the solar system. Definitely great for an out-of-this-world adventure!

Ring Fit

As gyms were one of the first places to close down during lockdown, so a great favourite among gamers – to stay fit- was Ring Fit by Nintendo. This game gives you exercise goals to achieve and keeps you motivated. As a result, you’ll be much more likely to stick to your exercise routine as opposed to just running outside.

Civilization VI

This game allows you to build up civilizations and is as exciting as playing at From bridges, houses and anything in between, with Civilisation VI you’re able to escape the daily realities of COVID while still maintaining your social distance.

MLB The Show, NHL 20, Fortnite

If you’re missing live-action sports then why not feel that you’re part of the action with MLB The Show, NHL 20, Fortnite? It’s loud, full of action, so it’s perfect for baseball and hockey fans.

Tabletop Simulator

If you’re one of those guys who likes playing tabletop games, like Dungeons and Dragons, with your friends why not – during the lockdown – suggest to your mates that you move your meet-ups online? We have it from a really good source that it’s just like the real thing!

Gaming is a pastime that takes you straight out of the harsh realities that COVID-19 is presenting to us. What could very well happen is that this pandemic will convert many into gamers as they see how absolutely enjoyable it is!