Weekend Hot Topic, part 2: Video games to play on lockdown

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The call of duty: Warzone – free social games (Photo: Activation)

GameCentral readers discuss the games they played during the coronavirus crisis and how their approach to the games has changed recently.

The hot topic of this week was asked by the Gracle reader, who asked if the way of playing video games had changed during the outbreak of the coronavirus. Have you played more or less games in recent weeks and do you have concrete plans for the games you’re going to play during incarceration?

Almost everyone said they played more games than usual, and most chose longer games for which they didn’t have the usual time – as well as cooperative games for the whole family.

Emergency. I played Call of Duty: Varzona and it’s already my favorite way to communicate with my friends, now that no one can go out anymore. Although the current situation is pretty strange, it’s not the first time we’ve used a game like this, and I think it’s quite common for a lot of people these days. Instead of a few hours on the phone, the way your parents have video games is a much more fun and sociable way to do the same.

Don’t get me wrong, Warzona is a good game, but the main attraction for me is the social aspect. It’s free, so anyone can join, and it doesn’t matter if you’re that good because you play in a cooperative team. I think that was the real secret of the success of Fortnite and games like Destiny and Minecraft.

Sometimes the game just need to be competent, and most importantly – it should be fun in a group. For some it may seem superficial, but we now see that it can have real benefits to enable people to maintain their mental health in emergencies.

The sneaky clock
didn’t surprise me with the news from the counter sales, because I finally decided to get it as soon as the coronavirus got serious, because I decided that I would eventually isolate myself and that there would be nothing new in the game. I have a copy of Zelda: Breath Of The World and Super Mario Odyssey are stuck in Zelda, and I’m still very impressed despite my age.

It’s a huge game, of course, and it made me realise that I made the right choice because I don’t know how I could have had the time to play it any other way. I think I could try to spend a few hours at work because it’s portable, but I’m not sure that’s a good idea. Now, although I have three weeks, at least I can explore the world of gambling in peace.

I mean, I don’t have a job in the interior, so it’s a big deal (to say the least), but for now I just take the rough with the slippery and enjoy the only advantage that comes with all this craziness.

No change
I feel very guilty about this, because usually I hope that the lightning, or at least the lockout, will last long enough to beat the remake of Final Fantasy 7. I know it’s absurd, but at least I stay home instead of seeing the idiots I see on the street every night.

I hope the world will see the real benefits and quality of video games with all this, but I’m sure that won’t really happen. It’s been going on for over a week now, and you can see on the news that more and more people are playing like crazy: Look how desperately these people are trapped inside!

I’m not sure the way the mainstream media deals with the games will change. Most people have grown up with them now, and I don’t see much change yet. Until now, the matches have only been a scapegoat for problems and have never been taken seriously.

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backlog I will do the obvious and work on my backlog, which currently consists of Villa 3 and Luigi’s Divinity : Among other things, original sin 2. I expect mansion 3 Luigi to be quite simple, but as far as I understand it, the Divine is very long and very complex (and also quite difficult?).

To be honest, it seems ideal for this case, especially since it has a split-screen co-op and seems to be designed for people who want to play with their SO. My girlfriend has never been interested in games, but I hope this is a chance to prove to her that they can be good, not just ill-considered violence.

Honestly, I’m looking forward to it. And if we go crazy because we’re locked up together, at least we only have the consequences of the video game, but nothing serious.

The second best
I got was Nioh 2 a few weeks ago, and I haven’t really started yet, so it seems like a good place to start. Soulsborne’s game seems ideal for the current situation, and if the first thing that happens on Nioh 2 should be the second best.

I’m also going to see if I can convince some friends to replay Destiny 2 so we can keep in touch while all this is going on. I never really liked the game, but it was good to keep in touch with distant friends. I can give Call of Duty: Warzone an attempt for similar reasons, although I don’t know if anyone else is playing it right now.

Complex Project
For the first time, I’m going to try to finish my Pokédex with Pokémon Sword – something I’ve never done before. Although I was disappointed with the game in many ways, I felt that I always got involved because it was easy to play in small doses, and I decided that I would do just about anything.

Also, I’m probably going back to Destiny 2, as I’ve been doing with my friends for the past few years, and that’s probably the only way to see them next month or so.

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Strange Reality
As long as my work with household appliances is not properly configured, playing computer games during a partial or three-week lock-out or in an official situation in which we find ourselves is one of the few ways to maintain common sense.

Fortunately, the games I play are quite long and require some concentration, so time really flies by. Although I don’t think I’m enjoying it as much as I should at the moment, because of the rather surreal world we live in right now. Every time I turn on the news, it’s like a damage report, and when I look out the window and see a silent world under the rays of the beautiful sun, I feel like I’m in some kind of dream, but in a waking dream – a strange reality.

I still don’t play online games, but I use WhatsApp to exchange messages with my colleagues and stay in touch to make the most of them. Books, TV/films and family are a way to fill your mind with other emotions to temporarily take you out of the real world. So you’re really helping me.

I’ll be playing Metro Exodus, Metal Gear Solid 5 and Subnautica for the next three weeks. And when Easter is over, I hope the government will relax some of the current external regulations and keep the virus at bay so I can get back to work at the office.

I wish everyone at GameCentral and the viewers good luck during this terrible outbreak and the great NHS for the brave and hard work they are doing for the health of the UK.

I’ll see you on the other side, as they say.

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