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There is a sickness ravaging my home – a madness, you might call it. It’s not COVID-19 or anything actually life-threatening, thank goodness. But it is nonetheless a tribulation I have been forced to bear. I speak of my family’s unmitigated love of games and their desire to play them at all times.
The New York Times said this month video game streaming might be “the most virus-proof job in the world.” Streaming video is not new technology, but watching another person play a video game over the internet might seem a silly idea to some – why not play the game yourself?
Both Sony and Microsoft are offering free titles to their console owners this month, regardless of whether you are subscribed through their premium online service.
Nobody wants a pandemic, certainly not one that kills hundreds of thousands
Over the past four to five decades, video gaming has gradually risen from a niche hobby to a multibillion-dollar industry. Asking a stranger if they’ve ever heard of “Mario” is about as silly as asking if they know of the film “Star Wars” or the song “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” by Journey.
If you’re bored, perhaps it’s time to play board games. Turn the clock back to 1989, and indulge in a marathon of fun in which dice, cards and spinners ruled alongside hair metal, drum machines and acid-washed jeans.
Is virtual reality the future of gaming? If you had asked me even a month ago, I would’ve told you “no.” It’s impossible to deny that traversing a virtual three-dimensional space with physical limb gestures is a compelling concept – there just hadn’t been a single game to really pull it off.
The wildly popular online game has become a source of refuge for schoolchildren and coronavirus patients who must remain socially distanced from their friends, said Justin Achziger, a furloughed hospital worker who started a Spokane-centric server.
It’s a weird time we live in when “doing your part” means staying home and passing the time. For those of us who feel that’s not quite enough, there’s the “Humble Conquer COVID-19 Bundle,” a massive selection of PC video games and ebooks available for $30.
A good game of Pictionary in 2020 doesn't require a sandwich board, a sharpie and a digital timer. The folks from Jackbox Games, makers of You Don't Know Jack!, have an online version that is free to download from the Epic Game Store, Steam and Xbox One right now.
So, while families are home thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, along with using the materials teachers sent home, one way for parents to help their kids practice math is to play games with them.
An unexpected benefit of Washington state’s “stay home, stay safe” order is the extra time to reach out to loved ones and reconnect with family members and old friends. You won’t be inviting friends over to play traditional couch co-op games like “Super Smash Brothers” any time soon – but online gaming just became more appealing than ever.
Video games might not help you stay in physical shape, but they’re proven to keep your mind occupied and your reflexes sharp – not a bad way to pass this idle time.
Fun games offer both distraction and mental challenges. If taken outdoors, they also can offer a boost from physical activity and fresh air. Spokane resident Erica Demateis said she and neighbors played corn hole and other outdoor games on Tuesday, which got adults and children outside in the area of the Ridge at Hangman. Demateis set out oversized game pieces she has used for school parties. They include games for Connect Four, ladder ball and a giant Jenga set.
The latest Call of Duty gets a battle royale mode, and it's free for players on all platforms.
The Greek Olympic committee suspended the rest of its torch relay on Friday because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The surfing events at the 2024 Paris Olympics will be held on the other side of the world in Tahiti.
Restoration Games is one of several board game makers trying to capitalize on the tabletop gaming renaissance. Restoration is remaking and reissuing some of the treasured games of old – both for wistful Gen Xers and their more discerning children.
Tokyo Olympic organizers and the Japanese government have gone on the offensive following a senior IOC member saying the 2020 Games were being threatened by the spread of a viral outbreak.
The National Transportation Safety Board says the driver of a Tesla SUV who died in a Silicon Valley crash two years ago was playing a video game on his smartphone at the time.