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Essays 19 March 2020, 15:09

author: Paul Wozniak

Gaming in Time of Pandemic – The Best Social Games

Struggling with the curefew? Missing company? Getting anxious from isolation? Well, have you tried gaming? Here's a list of great multi-player games that become even better if you're playing them with friends. We have something for pros and beginners!

Most of you are well aware of what is happening around the world: Unfortunately, the threat of coronavirus is serious enough that drastic preventive measures have been enrolled by many governments. Many of us are staying at their homes, spending free time indoors, mostly playing computer games (not only of course), and not really meeting with anyone. But since we're living in times of global connectivity, the latter isn't a huge problem.

To make the quarantine a bit more entertaining, we've come up with a list of on-line games that you can easily play with friends over the Internet, and which don't require your full attention, so that you're able to enjoy the game, as well as chat with friends about stuff. Playing games is definitely among the best possible ways of coping with any negative effects of the Covid 19 outbreak – including loneliness and anxiety. Remember to wash your hands too, as soap (used for around 20 seconds!) helps to tear the lipid membranes of the virus, effectively getting rid of the danger – it really is that simple!

WHAT GAMES DID WE CHOOSE?

  1. We've chosen good games;
  2. Online games;
  3. Games available in digital distribution;
  4. Games not requiring constant attention.

Built-in voice chat is not considered a prerequisite, as you can always use third-party programs.

Minecraft

  1. Developer: Mojang AB
  2. Publisher: Microsoft
  3. Release date: November 18, 2011
  4. Genre: sandbox

Everyone knows Minecraft. It’s a sandbox game originally released in 2011 through an independent studio Mojang. Players enter a randomly-generated world built from three-dimensional blocks, and they're free to create to their hearts’ content. The foundation of the game is, get it, mining raw materials and crafting stuff from them – including weapons, tools, and… other materials. If you’re well prepared, you can build a base and explore the world in search of adventure.

Over the years, the game has received numerous updates, which introduced quite a lot of additional content. There's simply no room for boredom, and there's something for both wild creativity, and typical, survival/RPG thrill. Then, there's the community that creates all kinds of servers and modifications, ensuring interesting gameplay ideas that can completely change the way the game works.

What makes this a good game to play with friends?

If you choose to play together in the survival mode, the pace of the game will not keep you silent. Collecting raw materials, planning expansion of the settlement, or just exploring are all ideal opportunities for communication with friends. Moreover, more ambitious teams may be tempted play in creative modes and try to create a masterpiece, although this will require much more attention and discussions about construction.

Minecraft

Minecraft

World of Tanks

World of Tanks

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley

Stellaris

Stellaris

Fishing Planet

Fishing Planet

Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete

Heroes of Might and Magic III Complete

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