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Like a lot of other people, I have pretty much the same thing. I don't like many multiplayer games, but I do occasionally play some rounds of the few I like. I break out into nervous sweats every time, lol. To a degree where it's real gross, tbh. Over the years I've learned to just laugh at myself (in a kind way, not a critical way!) over it. But really, I pretty much decided I am not obligated to play multiplayer and so I only do so when I am really in the mind space to want to. Even if my body seems to disagree 5 minutes in.

So really, unless you really want to play multiplayer I wouldn't force it. Games are supposed to be fun! (I think?) But, if the real problem is you want to play them, but trying flips a bad switch in your brain, that might be something to work your mental care provider with. When I was seeing a therapist, she gave me a lot of practices/techniques to help with various specific issues I was having. And helped me understand and process the underlying cause of why some situations were bad triggers for me. Or maybe even though your meds are working pretty well, maybe a different one, or an additional one would be even better. Good luck, and have fun.

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@yourbrain: having some family and friends with direct experience serving on boards i can confirm that if viewed in purely mercenary terms, being on a board is a tremendous way to make money without doing anything. also, since you don't do have to do much, you can potentially serve on multiple boards at the same time. getting paid tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars to attend a handful of remote meetings and do some light document review every year is good work if you can swing it

Interesting! My only experience with Boards is with mid-small town non-profits, where the experience is the opposite. High prestige, but unpaid. Not only that that, Board members were actually expected to be big donors (again, non profits) and/or put a lot of work into fundraisers, meet & greets, etc.

I wonder if at heart it's not a case of "never enough" - never enough work, accomplishments, and cash.

In any case, and regardless of any one person's contribution, I kinda hope against hope it works out for Gamestop. Both independent game stores in the small (35k) town I work in closed over a year ago, so Gamestop is the only physical location left. I like online shopping as much as anyone, but nostalgia - if not logic, would prefer a physical store exist.

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#3  Edited By yourbrain

And the schools are being kept open, so people will have a hard time taking the rest of the advice seriously.

Re: the schools - at least in my state in the US (North Carolina) the schools are still open as well. The main point administrators have made is that a lot of childcare here is provided by grandparents. And the elderly are more at risk at this time than little kids, so that sending germ infested kids (kids are ok, but they do lack a certain sense of hygiene) to grandmas might not be a good idea . Also, relatively few cases here, so that is another main point.

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This is just me whining, as others have it much worse; but dang people stop with the panic buying of paper products. Just over 30 cases diagnosed in NC, all trackable to recent travelers, their partners, etc. None anywhere near me. And I'm all for cancelling activities, limiting public outings, working from home, etc. to keep it that way. But I noticed I was down to less than 2 rolls of tp on Saturday and went to the grocery store - the only paper products left were tiny, over-priced rolls of organic paper towels, and a few packages of napkins. Nothing at CVS, Target, Walmart. Sigh. So I guess I'm going to the store everyday until they re-stock. Man, I just want a 4 pack, that'll last me a month. And this is the same town where the bars and restaurants are still packed every night...

On the up side, plenty of food and 99% of other stuff. I didn't check the sanitizers as my mom panic bought last week and "gifted" me with more than I can use in a year...

My sympathies to people who are actually affected by this situation.

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I imagine it will become like any other week, with maybe a few extra shows/interviews thrown in. Unless there is a major outbreak in San Francisco/even worse one in NYC area that keeps them out of their normal offices. E3 is super fun, but so is regular GB. It's all good.

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I just read an article on Polygon about Reggie Fils-Aime joining Gamestop's board of directors (https://www.polygon.com/2020/3/9/21172177/reggie-fils-aime-joins-gamestop-board-of-directors-nintendo). My first reaction was something along the lines of "is he crazy?!?". As was my second and third reaction. But then I started thinking about how it must seem like a great challenge, and wondering if the composition of the Board/the vision they presented was just that intriguing. Which was, not exactly exciting, but certainly interesting.

But I don't really know much about major corporations and how Boards of Directors work. What do you all think - just a nice way to fill some time in an appropriate social circle, a chance to have a real influence, simply the good feeling of following a vision, or something else?

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Not me personally, and as I'm not too far from Charlotte, NC myself (hi @chaser324) it's not really a thing here yet (if ever).

But my niece has terrible allergies, and more importantly severe asthma triggered by those allergies. She's already been in the emergency room once this spring for a major attack, and been on breathing treatments at home several times in the past week. So the doctor recommended my sister get full refills on her daily and emergency inhalers, keep her at home if she seems even a little sick, and be ready to keep her out of school if even regular colds start up in her class, just in case another kid's regular cold turns out to be COVID-19.

Also extended-family weekly dinner (which includes some kids, a bunch of people that work in busy restaurants, and some older people with respiratory issues) is off for now. :/

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PC these days and probably into the future. It used to be a pc (many games, indie games, cheap games!) and PS (exclusives, jrpgs, Yakuza!) tie, but with so many ps games eventually coming to pc these days (I'm patient and frequently play games 2+ years after release) pc just makes more sense for me.

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In 0 and the Kiwamis I did all the substories (that weren't attached to mini games like Shogi, Mahjong, those dang slot cars) and pretty much tried to wrap up everything I physically could before the main confrontation. In 6, I chilled out and just did whatever I wanted as it came up. Ended up doing a bunch of mini-game and even substories after the ending. Which was a bit weird. But I would say don't push it. I almost burned out on Yakuza games doing that, hence my strategy change for 6.

It's not like you really need to be 110% powered to finish the game. Unless there are moves you really want to use during that last fight I'd say you're probably good to go.

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Yeah, I agree everyone is different. And everyone (hopefully!) changes as life goes on. I'm actually almost the exact opposite - I only lightly dabbled in games (sometimes going years without gaming at all) up until I turned about 35 or so. Built myself a decent computer for work, heard about some cool sounding games on an anime podcast - and the next thing I knew gaming was my primary hobby. I've probably put more hours into games more since turning 40 than I did all the years before then.

I think sometimes passions grow and evolve differently than than their ecosystem, and you end up less connected. Or you don't change and the world does. And sometimes we just find a new thing to be interested in. It's all good - maybe you'll just be a dabbler from now on, or maybe a new game will relight your love for a genre or gaming as a whole. Or not. I wouldn't waste my time trying to force myself to do something just to hold onto the past. Enjoy your new passions and feel free to become a dirty casual. ;)