Gaming Usage Sees Dramatic Increase As People Are Forced to Stay Inside

As more people are forced to stay indoors and isolated, they are turning to video games as Verizon reports big increases to gaming usage.

More and more businesses are closing their doors and sending their employees home as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread. As people find themselves with far more time on their hands, one avenue of relief they gravitate towards is their video games.

Originally posted by The Hollywood Reporter, Verizon is reporting usage of their services for gaming has risen by 75 percent. This uptick in peak hours gaming started last week when the first wave of national quarantines went into effect. They went on to add that they are also seeing an increase of 20 percent in overall traffic.

The desire to keep occupied and your mind off of the pandemic is understandable. If you are anything like me, you probably have a number of games in your backlog you’ve been putting off too. It’s a perfect time to get some good game playing in. Plus, single-player games are great social distancing tools!

This spike in game usage has increased demand for certain games. As we reported earlier this week, Ring Fit Adventure for the Nintendo Switch has become quite the elusive treasure to track down with prices now hovering near the $300 range for new copies.

Looking on the bright side, players really lucked out on the timing of this quarantine with all the amazing titles coming out in the next month. Last week saw the release of Nioh 2, an action title that mixes the difficulty of Dark Souls, the loot of Diablo, and the combat and set of Ninja Gaiden together. This week, we see two more heavy hitters with Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal on Friday. For the latter, you can check out our glowing review.

Should this quarantine last a few more weeks, role-playing fans will have plenty of time to play through Persona 5 Royal (our review) and the long-awaited Final Fantasy VII Remake. Both of those will easily keep you busy for another couple hundred hours or so!

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