The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of people to find sanctuary in their homes. Social distancing rules have been brutal and many of us are on the edge of our nerves. The solitude that has been hoisted upon us is just too much to bear at times. Fortunately, we live in the age of the internet and there are ways to stay connected with our friends and still have some fun. World Health Organization has recently started their campaign #PlayApartTogether. It encourages people to follow self-isolation rules and encourage people to fulfill their social needs online.
Popular online games have gathered even larger numbers of players since the outbreak began. Steam has had a record of 20 million users online at the same time. Every gaming platform, including Sony Playstation and Xbox Live, has seen a similar increase in the number of users. Here are the games they are playing.
One of the most popular, if not the most popular choices for having fun with your friends online, is Fortnite. The Epic’s battle royal shooter is drawing millions of players every day. “The game continues to evolve with frequent changes to the map, so the current game world won’t be the same by the end of an eight-week self-quarantine,” says Chris Erb, gaming expert. The cartoon graphics seems to be very popular with players. After all, what better way to pronounce love for your friends than a shotgun blast to the face? The game is free to play on all platforms.
The NBA season may be canceled, but that doesn’t mean your team won’t win the title, at least on your screen. You can still enjoy watching your favorite player drop 50 on the opposing team. “Fans might be distressed by the postponement of the real-life NBA season, but the virtual NBA is still going strong,” says Erb. “Gamers can finish the season and even play through a run of the playoffs while waiting for the season to start again. NBA players have already been shooting out the online stadiums against each other, simulating what might have happened if they had actually played in real life.” NBA2k20 cost $60 for the digital version. For gaming consoles, it is just $30.
The classic board game also has an online version you can play with your friends. “I’ve played Monopoly online with friends and it’s been really fun. It’s easy and just like the board game,” says Rachel Sanders, co-founder of Rootine Vitamins. “I can be competitive so I like that you have to stay on top of it when you play. And I can play with different family members like parents to nieces and nephews-all ages can play!” Build those hotels and laugh as your friends go bankrupt trying to pay your fees.
Grand Theft Auto V Online
Not one of the newest games on the market, Grand Theft Auto V Online was launched in 2013. It is still very popular and many people play it. “It’s online mode, which can be filled with up to thirty players, is filled with bigger missions, more over-the-top antics, and is updated regularly adding additional types of gameplay,” says Erb.