What you need to know
- The World Health Organization recently classified excessive gaming as a disorder.
- During the coronavirus pandemic, the body is promoting gaming as a way to stay home.
- Activision-Blizzard and other companies are promoting a #PlayApartTogether campaign.
- You can stop the spread of coronavirus if you stay at home and practice social distancing.
Many months ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized excessive gaming as a disorder. While this is a known problem, no one thought that during the coronavirus pandemic, the WHO would recommend gaming as a pastime activity. According to a report by USA Today, Activision-Blizzard and other game makers kicked off an initiative called #PlayApartTogether to entertain themselves while practicing social distancing.
The outlet said the following in its report.
The group hopes that the industry can 'reach millions with important messages to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,' said Ray Chambers, the U.S. ambassador to WHO in a statement. Game companies will encourage players to stay distanced and observe other safety measures including hand hygiene, he said. 'We're at a crucial moment in defining outcomes of this pandemic,' he said in a subsequent tweet. 'Games industry companies have a global audience – we encourage all to #PlayApartTogether. More physical distancing + other measures will help to flatten the curve + save lives.'
Hopefully, this will encourage more gamers to stay at home instead of going out and putting themselves and others at risk. If we all practice social distancing, we can stop the spread of coronavirus and then maybe, life will return to normal soon.
Best of the best
Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold in one
Xbox Game Pass gives you access to over a hundred games for one monthly fee. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also adds Xbox Live Gold to the package so you can play online with your friends.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
Minecraft Dungeons lead talks its next DLC and the future endgame
We talk Minecraft Dungeons’ recent Jungle Awakens DLC, the Creeping Winter expansion, and future endgame plans with game director, Måns Olson.
Fix up your Xbox Elite Controller with these parts
Need some replacement parts for your Xbox One Elite Controller? From new paddles, grips, bumpers, thumbsticks, and more, we have you covered.
Hands-on with Windows 10 build 20161 showcasing the new Start menu
Yesterday, Microsoft released a new build of Windows 10 that includes an updated Start menu design with translucent Live Tiles, improvements to Notifications, and behavior changes to things like Tablet Mode and the Taskbar. It's been a while since Microsoft released a build with any surface-level changes, but now it's finally happened, we're back showcasing all the changes on video.