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Notable Changes in the World of Online Video Games

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, May 11, 2020

On any given day, I usually unwind from a long day at work by logging into Grand Theft Auto (GTA) Online. I use my avatar and beautiful sports cars to drive around the imaginary Los Santos, a city based almost entirely on Los Angeles and the outlying communities. It is one of my “safe” spaces (although the use of that word is offset by the nature of the game to achieve a gangster’s paradise) that I can spend time virtually without having to worry about driving on a real road and facing real danger with other humans.

The first night of quarantine, before all the dust of the current situation was able to settle, I logged into the game, rode my flying motorcycle, the Oppressor MK-2, all the way to the digital Santa Monica Pier, and for the first time, I just had my character float on her back in the Pacific Ocean while staring up at the night sky with the city skyline in the background.

Time passes and life from before the quarantine begins to change.

I logged into the game a few days later and I noticed that more characters were seen wearing face masks, protective head masks, or costume masks more than ever before. The game had already started to adopt the new dress codes of the times.

Now, the world map of GTA Online has taken on a new meaning. While it is suggested that we are supposed to stay indoors, Grand Theft Auto Online has become a way for me to simulate an experience in the outside world. I now play whenever I miss being in a big city in real life. I now use the online platform as a way to socialize and talk to other humans on a headset device. The last time I logged on a few nights ago, all other in-game players were wearing face masks. I walked up to a random player and instead of being afraid that other users were going to be violent, we made simple hand gestures to say hello to one another.

Life has changed (for the time being), but it is so funny to see how that is reflected in video games.

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kawaiidaigakusei at 3:00PM, May 11, 2020

It definitely has happened on series spin-off 90 Day Fiancé: Quarantine Edition.

Banes at 8:15AM, May 11, 2020

Interesting! I'd imagine changes will have to start showing up in all kinds of entertainment. All the best to all you all. Hope you're doing well.

cdmalcolm1 at 6:57AM, May 11, 2020

I’m sure it will. It has already hit the reality shows my wife watches. I’m sure there will be a story or two about wearing a mask due to what might become a new norm for many places.

kawaiidaigakusei at 6:31AM, May 11, 2020

Wow, that is interesting cdmacolm1! It is cool to know you have seen the online avatar mask trend in your video game realm as well. I wonder if characters wearing masks in comics will become a new thing.

cdmalcolm1 at 5:54AM, May 11, 2020

I play Warframe online for the PC. This community has always had options to use in game mask for the operator [the in game human that controls Warframes through mind “transference”]. Whenever I play a mission, I always look at other high rank players profile to see how many kills they have, by how many days they play live online, by in game credits they make a year est. I did notice almost all operators has a mask on now....including mine. The mask I use is more of a ninja scarf over most of my face. But you are right. Even in the chats, talks of covid19 is just part of conversations in general chats. Even though in this game there is a man made infectious disease that turns humans into “world war z” type creatures call “infested”, they attack everyone. Us Tennos, The Corpus, The Grinneer, & even machines. I could only image if the black plague was here instead of covid19. It would Be so much worst. Stay safe my fellow creators & readers. With the reopening happen here, be prepared.

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