Hello everyone, MCNostalgia1 here! While I normally focus on posting Minecraft nostalgia and such on Twitter, today I would like to broaden my reaches a little by covering video games in general.
While playing video games might seem like the best thing to do during quarantine, many people aren't realizing just how much the virus is affecting the industry they love so much. Playstation recently announced that hotly anticipated titles like The Last of Us Part II and Iron Man VR have been delayed indefinitely due to the global crisis.
The creator of the wildly popular video game, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Masahiro Sakurai recently announced he would be working from home on the game due to the pandemic. The video game studio Capcom also revealed an employee tested positive for the virus, causing them to investigate employees that may have been in contact and more. From America to Japan, COVID-19 has been affecting businesses from local ones to corporations, and video games are no difference. The large video game retailer Gamestop has been facing a lot of controversy in the United States as they repeatedly violate lockdown and closure demands. Despite all non-essentials businesses being ordered closed in the state of Massachusetts, a Boston Gamestop continued to operate for days before being ordered to close down by a government official. This news comes hot off the heels of their other controversies, where just three weeks ago they were arguing that selling video games and other entertainment products they were an essential business. Many employees reported feeling unsupported and unsafe by a profit-driven upper management.
To provent outside exposure and unnecessary contact, many people are turning to virtual worlds to host gatherings. For example, an Anamanaguchi concert in Minecraft, or a graduation ceremony in Roblox. Ultimately, while video games might seem like the perfect way to get away from everything going on in the world, it's important to remember how the virus is affecting those in the industry. From developers in America and Japan, to video game retail workers at Gamestop.
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