Experts: Online video games serve to help cope, socialize through the pandemic

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CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. (NEWS10) — In a world that changed drastically during the pandemic, longtime game lover Eric Marsden says at least one thing stayed the same.

“I’m happy to still be online, playing every day with some of the great faculty and students at UAlbany,” says Marsden, a sophomore at UAlbany.

Marsden was one of the first of more than 100 members of UAlbany’s eSports team founded in 2019 and also co-captains the team that competes in Madden. University at Albany and colleges like it across the nation have now taken to video gaming to keep students sane.

“Our game nights Thursdays from seven to nine p.m. give an opportunity to not only play games and have fun and to laugh and be excited and to engage, but to just socialize,” explains Professor of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity Michael Leczinsky. He also serves as the eSports team coach.

“A lot of the freshmen aren’t really used to such things as in this pandemic how to socialize. So bringing them to these game nights each week is a great way for them to make friends,” says Marsden.

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