So with the world recently coming out of lockdown and some normality returning to the world, I thought I would take some time to reflect on how gaming enabled me to keep what little sanity I had left during the isolation.
So when it all kicked off and the stress of impending doom settled in. I turned to my go-to release from reality, gaming. With the current rising Covid numbers I thought just in case the government decides to put us back into lockdown, I wanted to share how I handled the situation with gaming and how it helped during the isolation. With the addition of new variants seeming all over the place, I wouldn’t be surprised if another lockdown is coming.
So what benefits did gaming give me during the isolation period?
Well, the most obvious one was communication with the outside world. Being that my friend group is spread across the country our main method and socialising was and still is through gaming. Sometimes we don’t even need to be playing the same game. We would just jump on a voice call on Discord or Playstation Party chat and catch up. This happens 3+ times a week and is be great for filling that social hole the isolation left in our lives.
The difference was that as the whole world was in isolation so the gaming frequency increased to 5+ times a week as we had more time.
Another benefit is the amount of stress relief that gaming can bring especially if you are playing a super satisfying game. For example, sniping in Battlefield 1 (BF1) was and still is incredibly satisfying. Hearing the PING as you land a headshot from across the map will give you chills every time.
If you haven’t tried it, trust me it is worth it. With the base skill of First Person Shooter (FPS) players rising over the years the games have become incredibly competitive, so when you do land a tricky cross-map shot the endorphins just start flowing.
I also found during the isolation having that escape from reality, whether it is climbing a giant mechanical dinosaur in Horizon Zero Dawn or mowing down zombies with friends. Having that few hours of shutting out the terrifying world does give you a sense of bliss. It’s no wonder people get so hooked on gaming when the world is terrible and terrifying who wouldn’t want to lose themselves in a good game?
So what games are good to play during a lockdown? What games did I play?
I mean I play a LOT of games but my 4 standouts for 2020 are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Minecraft, Two Point Hospital and XCOM: Chimera Squad. Let me tell you why.