COVID-19 roundup: Brick-and-mortar game store stupidity, ‘reimagined’ E3 2021, and Twitch’s new record

    
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COVID-19 roundup: Brick-and-mortar game store stupidity, ‘reimagined’ E3 2021, and Twitch’s new record

We’re back once again with some more novel coronavirus news stories all bundled up for you in one place, and friends, we’re going to start with a facepalm-worthy pair of stories regarding some physical game stores. Strap in and hang tight.

We’ll start with Game X Change, which issued a staff email full of patently inaccurate advice to keep employees “safe” from infection such as gargling vinegar, sipping on warm water every 20 minutes to wash the virus into the stomach to be destroyed by gastric juices, avoiding cold food or drink, or hanging clothes in sunlight to kill any virus on the fabric. Furthermore, Game X Change owner Grant Wetherill responded to an anonymous email from an employee beseeching the store to reconsider its business practices with flagrant ignorance:

“I can tell whoever you are that I spend lots of time in my stores. Even though I have Parkinson’s Disease and Asthma. Plus I’m 56 years old. So don’t lecture me on risk. I’m here if you want to be an adult and talk to me.”

Speaking of flagrant ignorance, a GameStop in Dorchester, Massachusetts, refused to close its doors after the state mandated all GameStop stores be shut down temporarily. The store in question received the order this past Tuesday but stayed open the following Wednesday, earning it a nuisance citation but no fine. GameStop confirmed that by the Thursday of that week, all stores in the state were shut down despite the company considering itself an essential business.

The coronavirus continues to have an impact of events around the globe, with the San Diego Comic Con pondering its fate and a Finnish hockey esports league inviting Finnish hockey players to join in its NHL 20 playoffs. The ESA has also promised a “reimagined” E3 for 2021, though no specifics on just what that involves were provided. If you prefer in-game events, Wurm Online has you covered with 8,000 Loyalty Marks and an exclusive ancient large chest skin for premium players and a 10% bonus to skill gain and affinity chance for all players.

On the subject of real-world impacts, COVID-19 could see Amazon’s upcoming cloud-based gaming platform release pushed back into 2021 due to unspecified disruptions, while Xbox boss Phil Spencer digging his heels in against the idea of a staggered release for the Xbox Series X, saying that doing so would “hurt” the console. Readers will recall that Spencer promised the new Xbox would make its intended street date.

Finally, all the time indoors is seeing many digital platforms blow up, but one of the biggest gains has been experienced by Twitch, which saw over 3 billion hours watched on the platform this past quarter, up 17% from last quarter. YouTube and Facebook Gaming also saw increased traffic, but Microsoft’s Mixer platform continued its own downward trend.

More on the impact of the virus on gaming:

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Random MMO fan

It is a shame that Mixer cannot offer competitive service, both viewers and streamers need more competition to Twitch. Microsoft needs to hire competent people to manage it, people who do watch other competing services and people who read comments from Mixer viewers and streamers.

I mean, the Mixer app still does not have essential features like pop-up view which would allow people to watch streams while using other apps on smartphone:

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Mewmew

Microsoft’s Mixer platform continued a downward trend now? During this time when almost everybody is stuck inside? Ouch. That has got to hurt. It’s clearly time to euthanize the service.

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Random MMO fan

It is a downward trend when comparing quarters, obviously the more people at home means more viewers, which is true for every service including Mixer:

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starbuck1771

((Deleted by mod. Please, no more conspiracy stuff. The other commenters explained it quite well, here and in past threads.))

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Wedge55

Because diseases have incubation periods. You don’t get infected and instantly get sick. It takes upwards of two weeks in this case. The people who are sick right now were infected before the stay at home orders. It can take 3-4 weeks from a full lockdown before the apex in cases is reached and then a similar amount of time before the number of contagious people reaches a point we can start lifting restrictions safely. Lift them too soon and you’ll have a second outbreak event as deadly as the first. We know this because this approach is nothing new, human civilization does this instinctively, it works with science to back it up, and we have plenty of data from past pandemics.

You’re probably a troll playing a dangerous game, but I’m leaving this here for anyone who might need to hear it.

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Random MMO fan

Stop saying irrational shit. Cases are rising because staying at home is not mandatory, even at our city which has dozens of thousands infected. People are still going out and infecting each other. However, people who are staying at home, like my relatives and parents, are not getting sick.

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Utakata

“We’ll start with Game X Change, which issued a staff email full of patently inaccurate advice to keep employees ‘safe’ from infection such as gargling vinegar, sipping on warm water every 20 minutes to wash the virus into the stomach to be destroyed by gastric juices, avoiding cold food or drink, or hanging clothes in sunlight to kill any virus on the fabric.”

Where do they get this twaddle? o.O

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starbuck1771

From doctor’s. The problem is that the doctors are always at odds with each other. So we get all kinds of information from different sources.

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Utakata

…you know if I was into self inoculation, I would be tempted to make that claim. I’m not though. O.o

That said, outside of the few suspected rouge elements, the medical community has been pretty unanimous in how to deal with this crises. They would have to be to get it back under control. And in order to do so they would prefer to use real understood science to the best they can. Just saying.

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cursedseishi

From idiots who don’t fact check. Stuff like that Game X Change fluff all propagate because idiots like some who still circulate on here try and pin it all on doctors, either maliciously or to reassure people everything is fine and that the virus is a hoax/god’s wrath/cell-phone radiation monster, so we shouldn’t listen to those who actually know what they are talking about and instead listen to the men saying they have lasers that zap germs millions of times a minute.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/health/coronavirus-cure-gargle-water (need to add an .html, on this one otherwise it doesn’t load, dang sites)
https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/mar/16/viral-image/gargling-salt-water-can-ease-sore-throat-it-wont-k/
https://www.pih.org/article/covid-19-fact-vs-fiction

Pretty much debunks all of that guff Game X Change listed down. It’s also a way for a business to hand-wave any actual responsibility because they can point to it and go ‘see, we are doing our part so it isn’t our fault if you get sick!’.

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Bryan Correll

“If you cannot wash your clothes daily, hang them in sunlight which also helps to neutralize the virus,”

Yeah, I sunbathe in the buff every day instead of taking showers.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Not good news for mixer. No bump with the industry as a whole experiencing increase demand? A bad return on investment if you are pouring money into Mixer.

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squid

Microsoft is the absolute worst at showing up late to the party with a copycat service. Their services aren’t bad (Windows Phone, Bing, Mixer, etc., are all fine products), but all their potential customers are already satisfied using someone else and MS never gives them a reason to change. Shit, they even paid people to use Bing and it didn’t work.

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Random MMO fan

Sadly Microsoft has very incompetent people working at Mixer. They still can’t add useful features to their app like pop-up video player which Twitch app has (this allows you to keep watching Twitch stream in small window on Android phones while you use other apps) and they do not offer useful game integrations like extensions which would allow viewers to directly interact with the game that the streamer is playing. They also do not have Discord integration, for example a subscriber-only Discord server which would check if Mixer viewer has a subscription.

A real shame because Mixer has much better video and audio quality due to higher bitrates.

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Armsbend

The good news is GameStop will be shut down permanently this time next year. So we won’t ever get stories about them again.

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Cyclone Jack

Don’t get my hopes up.

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Armsbend

No way they stay open unless the US truly just starts handing out taxpayer money to everyone – regardless of their balance sheets.

Now they have earned the dislike of state governments with their nonsense. They have managed to alienate everyone. Customers, employees, government. I don’t know who else they can piss off. The Divine?