Coronavirus roundup: EGX Rezzed, Pokemon Go, and using MMOs to learn from home

    
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We’re capping off an odd week of coverage here in our little corner of the online gaming world, as even those of us who’ve been following coronavirus coverage obsessively since January didn’t entirely expect it to consume the digital landscape, but here we are. Let’s peek at some of the new developments relevant to MMO players.

Did it seem as if there were no more gaming or tech events left to cancel? Alas, we’ve not run out yet. EGX Rezzed in London is the latest to give up the ghost, omoving from its March 26-28 dates to an unknown summer do-over. MCM Birmingham has done the same, moving to late June.

While most MMO aren’t affected directly, save that their staff are primarily working from home, titles like Pokemon Go are a different sort of beast, as they require players to go out into the world, often with groups of people, to compete – something that’s not such a great idea right now when authorities are trying to mitigate the spread of a virus. Niantic, however, has plans to deal with that. The company’s told Polygon that it will be “prioritizing updates to Pokemon Go features and experiences that can be enjoyed in individual settings,” which seems to translate to making more habitats that people can access without leaving their homes, boosting the length of incense backs, making incubators hatch eggs twice as fast, and dropping gifts more frequently.

If – like my own husband and kids – you’re in a learning or teaching from home situation right now, you might be wondering how to go about it. We received several tips (thanks Celestia and Brad!) about people considering using everything from World of Warcraft to Twitch to teach their classes. No need to invent that wheel, however, as universities have been doing this for years already. Closest to home, there’s the Tolkien Professor, aka Dr Corey Olsen, who’s been offering free classes and lecturing from inside Lord of the Rings Online for the last three years through SignumU. We even interviewed Dr Olsen back in 2017.

Finally, MMO blogger Belghast put up a comforting post about turning to games in times of distress like this one. Please take care of yourselves, your families, and your communities.

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Fisty

Circumstances could be a lot better, but sitting at the house for a while is great for guilt free gaming. Some sort of silver lining.

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hoylegu

Poor Pikachu ;(

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Mordyjuice

This is beginning to look like a bit of a shit show, I think subconsciously I’ve been down playing this because eventually I’m going to have to face this shit head on once it hits my hospital. I’m not scared per say, once you’re an adult and you have that hollow dread feeling involving finances hovering around like a haunted house you stop getting scared of anything. I’ve seen some shit, in one of those late night conversations where patients ask you questions while unguarded and you realize what you’ve seen over the years isn’t normal by any stretch of the imagination. For example I had some one ask me how often have I seen people die, and it took me a bit to answer because I couldn’t come up with a concrete number, I figured having people die on my actual shift one roughly every 3 months in 10 years means I’ve had to do Post Mortem Care at least 40 times in my life, that said I’ve been around probably 3 times that number in patients actively dying (they just happened to die on either Day Shift or a Night Off. I just didn’t want to think of the possibility that this could go sideways, and when it happens I’ll probably put it all in a box and shove it in the back of my mind like everything else I’ve seen.