Last week, my kids and I were playing Trove when I realized that global chat was absolutely filled with blabbering about the virus. It’s everywhere. I wound up making them log out because the tone of the chat had turned dark indeed and I didn’t want me to see it, never mind them.
The weird thing is, my own MMO guildies haven’t been this chatty in ages. Everyone’s coming together to vent and freak out and pass along news and check in on people (we’ve had people affected, but everyone’s OK overall so far). I definitely feel closer to them now, even though the actual distance hasn’t changed at all. It’s definitely made me want to play more and connect to people.
How have pandemic responses affected your MMO socializing? Are you intentionally socializing more in MMOs while under lockdown?