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The video game logic of pandemic

Bijan Stephen, writing for The Believer:

To put it another way, COVID-19 has gamified my life. Or perhaps video game logic is the only thing that feels like it maps accurately onto the spread of this virus. (I say this, though I am a person with a degree in biology.) 

I thoroughly identified with this, though he clearly plays better video games than me. While he envisions his pandemic life through Last of us and Night in the Woods, I relate my daily walks to a game of Frogger as I dart from sidewalk-to-sidewalk avoiding contact with anything and everything.

Stephen, B. (2020, December 1). Side quest. Believer Magazine.