The revenge of the videogames arrived thanks to the initiative Play Apart Together, did by the WHO to encourage the people to stay at home and, at the same time, to not isolate ourselves. Let’s find out exactly what it is.
Play Apart Together, play to reduce the distances
The World Health Organization started this campaign of awareness called #PlayApartTogether. Which is an invite to reduce as much as possible the releases, by undertaking the social spacing, which means stay at home. At the same time, it’s used to maintain the people-to-people link even thanks to the typical cooperation that we must take in some online games.
For this reason it will be created some dedicated events, exclusive sessions of game, in-game prizes and some titles of videogames will be freely shared.
The initiative was ufficialized and it has the support of many reality of the videogames sector, between which: Activision Blizzard, Kabam, Snap Games, Amazon Appstore, Maysalward, Twitch, Big Fish Games, Playtika, Unity, Dirtybit, Pocket Gems, Wooga, Glu Mobile, Riot Games, YouTube Gaming, Jam City, SciPlay and Zynga.
Between the companies that decided to support Play Apart Together there are Twitch, the famous platform of live streaming, Activision Blizzard, Riot Games (creator of League of Legends) and YouTube Gaming. While it’s missed Nintendo, EA and Ubisoft.
The Who hopes that this initiative will reach as much people as possible. To help so to prevent the spreading of the virus and to not leave the people too much isolated.
Infact, in the days of the multiplayer, we know how much is involving the relationship between the players. Fellowship that sometimes goes further beyond the gaming.
Ray Chambers, ambassador of the Who for the global strategy, even encouraged the producers and the developers of videogames to encourage the respect of the hygiene and physical distancing rules.
A contradictory message?
One wonders if though this message is a little be contradictory compared to what is usually said. Especially by thinking to some attitude of the videogamer that instead are stucked in the virtual world, to let this hobby become a disease.
Infact, right this 22nd of january, the Who put the gaming disorder inside the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.
The reason was explained as the need to identify and to provide the videogame addictions. Especially for the healthcare operators that have to find them in time and planning the most appropriate interview of threatment.
But, in this period, is clear how the claim Play Apart Together means using the most useful aspects of the videogames multiplayer. Some moments to communicate, by sharing the emotions of the matchs did together, and how all of it is a special environment to socialize.
And what if we can do even something else with the videogames?
But why not to spend the time by learing the coding besides playing?
This is the idea of Microsoft that thought to use the educational potentialities of the videogames by opening the doors of the videogame sandobox Minecraft, by releasing free educational contents. It will be so possible to visit the International Space Station or to learn the basic of the coding.
So besides to partecipate to the initiative Play Apart Together, you can code or realize even your own videogames.
Unity, for example, gave a serie of free lessons of coding on its platform, for three months, to learn to develop the videogames.
Finally even Riot Games gave the material for the online coding of videogames, which is thought for the guys of the medium and high schools. The program was studied for the using at school, but Riot Games, in a Tweet, claims that it will be amazing even at home.
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