How’s It Going?

How’s It Going?
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.

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.

I live above my favourite 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 neighbour 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?


  • Well I’m a roadie. I set up rock concerts, events and expos. I’ve become virtually unemployed overnight. Yeah, shits pretty fucked up, tbh. To the people hoarding shit liked panic struck imbeciles, I hope you die of explosive diarrhea.

    • My condolences mate – have you considered using this time for a bit of self investment? Something something lemonade from lemons. Maybe pick up a new skill that you can make money off during this time and/or future economic/health crises?

      Also completely on-board with your concluding sentiment.

  • 2 months ago people were so generous with the bush fires now everyone is so selfish at the super markets. I wish people would just chill out some more and think of each other. We need more positivity not just doom and gloom. Hope everyone is ok, we will survive and get through this.

    • I’ve been reading articles about how farmers and people who often get flooded in are just laughing at the ridiculousness of it all and saying “Our every day is 2 weeks isolation”.

  • Congratulations on your 300th day of being sober, Riley. That is a hell of an achievement and you should be proud of yourself. I hope you are.

    I’ve personally been okay. I live in the Northern Territory and we’re lucky that we only have one confirmed case of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus (the keyword being “confirmed”, so who knows).

    I work closely to the field. Not medical/clinical, but I was involved in logistical support for the quarantine operations up here, with the people returning from Wuhan China as well as the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

    I am concerned about the coronavirus, as it could easily overwhelm our already full hospital system. I am also concerned because both of my parents, whom my partner and I live with, are immuno-compromised, meaning if either my partner or/and myself fall ill with the coronavirus, we need to move out and self-isolate immediately.

    It might sound a little dramatic, but my partner and I have made plans and have prepared bug-out bags (so clean clothes, some toiletries, basic electronics like phone chargers and whatnot) and have left them in a secure place, within reach, outside of home (the boot of my car, honestly – but you can’t see inside my boot). Basically, my parents cannot afford to fall sick with this virus.

    Other than that… I am okay, just a little nervous. I’m surrounded by medical professionals at my work place (many of which have vast experience with infectious disease) so I am adhering to their advice and they have been comforting in these trying times.

    I also agree about the people at the supermarkets. It’s embarrassing to see people fight over toilet paper and it’s sad to see so many people hoarding essential items, that other people (like the elderly who are for reasons, independent) are struggling. If you see someone like the latter and you have the ability to help them, please help them.

    I saw a meme recently that puts things into perspective… “If the coronavirus has taught us anything, it is the lengths people will go to when desperate. Next time you want to judge boat people, refugees, migrants fleeing from war torn land – remember we fought over toilet paper.”

    Hope you’re all doing okay.

  • I work for a large company with the type of work, infrastructure and culture to have many thousands of us doing our job from home – and yet they have not told us to do so. It’s frustrating as we could be taking literally thousands virus vectors out of the Brisbane CBD but we can’t make up our minds policy-wise. Have a week off between jobs next week, so I’ll probably pick up a small game or two from my Humble backlog that I can finish in that time!

  • I’m a full time student but I driver uber part time, unfortunately the jobs become far too risky to do right now so I’m staying in. Luckily I get student support which is really helping out at the moment and as such I can still afford to pick up animal crossing on friday! Which quite frankly couldn’t arrive any quicker. Like everyone, I really need a positive escape right now.

    I woke up at about 1:30 this morning after having nightmares about riots in the next few weeks due to food shortages, I’m really concerned that the elderly are going to become a target after they leave the supermarkets in the mornings.

  • I’m an introvert, this is nothing new for me, it’s hard to think of better company than myself (and my husband). People buying up multiple years worth of toilet paper etc is dumb as hell, but I’m not surprised by anything conservatives do, they’re conservatives precisely because they’re so weak, scared and prone to panic. Even during the best of times they do their best to oppress and cause suffering for others, trying to make our society and the world a worse place, why would it be any different during the worst?

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