How's It Going?

They won’t all be Geralt pics, I promise. (That’s a lie. I promise nothing.)
They won’t all be Geralt pics, I promise. (That’s a lie. I promise nothing.)

Good morning! We’re doing something different, starting today: every morning, Kotaku will be running an open thread where you can talk about what you’re playing, how you’re helping each other during this tough time in the world, and how you’re doing.

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I run the site’s weekly “What Are You Playing This Weekend?” post, where you all share your games and your weekend plans and put up with an inappropriate amount of Witcher 3 pics. But we wanted to curate a more regular space for staff and readers to be able to chat. Covid-19 is upending all of our lives and making a lot of us feel pretty isolated. Hopefully this will help folks feel more connected to each other. At the very least, we can unite in our frustration over slow-loading comments.

I’ll kick things off: I know a lot of people whose work has been affected by things shutting down, so I’ve been focusing my energy on helping out all the friends I can. I prepaid for a massage from a massage therapist friend (please don’t tell her, but I actually hate massages), and I ordered some things I’ve been meaning to buy from another friend’s local store to pick up once this is all over. I also donated to the Food Bank For New York City. I feel very fortunate that my job can easily be done remotely, so I’ve been trying to share some of my pay with everyone I can, as well as looking for other ways I can help.

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I live above my favorite bar, so I promised to keep an eye on things while they’re gone, and I dropped off a big tip for the bartender. It can be a little weird to have a bar for a neighbor when I don’t drink anymore (oh, hey: I’m 300 days sober today!), but the owner and staff have become dear friends of mine, and I’m worried about what will happen to them during this time. It’s really quiet and strange not to have them around; it was hard to sleep last night without hearing their jukebox pumping through my floor. They gave me some lemons because they had a ton to get rid of, which I’ve turned into a pretty tasty lemon curd. I’ve been compulsively baking things lately, which is nice but getting a little, let’s say, weird.

So that’s me; how about you? How’s it going?

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Grandpa-Stern

I want to lie and say I’m handling this like a champ but I’m not. I have a job that is directly connected to large groups of people in many spaces. I’m lucky that my employer isn’t laying off or giving furloughs, but I’ve been put on call center duty and between my anxiety about having things on my head (I can only wear over the ear headphones for 15 mins before I start to freak out and all I have atm are over the ear headphones) and my social anxiety (which gets set off by people I don’t know calling me with emergency problems) I’m on the verge of constant panic attacks. Add to that the “am I infected?” factor and I find myself sitting on the floor near-hyperventilating a lot. I’m constantly remind myself I’ve got it pretty good comparatively but its hard.

Hope everyone out there is healthy and safe.