Curating a virtual social life: Online games for COVID-19 isolation – The Georgetown Voice

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COVID-19 has caused a global interruption of standard social life. Social distancing guidelines along with the closing of most public places have forced many people into isolation. Yet, we are still desperate for human interaction. I, however, have also desperately tried to avoid the awkward silence and shame that follows the dreaded “What have you been up to?” question in an attempt to make casual conversation. I wanted to find opportunities to do something with my friends. In this pursuit, I fell back into a childhood hobby: gaming. This was not a unique experience, as one of the industries positively impacted by COVID-19—through increased sales and market base—has been video games. One of the major reasons for this success is the capacity of video games to provide a virtual outlet for people to socialize and enjoy time with their friends without the responsibility of conversation-making. Here, I hope to lay out some of the games I’ve found to be most effective towards this end, with a variety that is intended to be accessible to both veteran gamers as well as newcomers. 

1. Among Us
Among Us is reminiscent of a board game dynamic. Players design cute characters and …

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