Gaming During the Pandemic Is Starting to Feel Like Work

And that’s not a bad thing

A black and white screenshot from Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The player villager looks dazed in front of a computer.
Photo courtesy of Damon Beres and Nintendo.

We’re not playing video games to escape the daily grind anymore, we’re playing to recreate it.

“What World of Warcraft ‘sells’ players, in this sense, is a chance to struggle metaphorically against the very thing that oppresses them.”

I write about technology. Regular contributor to Medium’s OneZero. Seen in Vice, Businessweek, The Outline and others. he/him. steverousseau.org

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