Quarantine? More Like Quarantime to Hang Out with Online Friends.
Written by Stephen Loader on March 25, 2020
In the midst of the current coronavirus nightmare, I’m struggling to keep my sanity in the absence of partying and time with friends. As some of you may know (for whatever reason), I have a LOT of online friends, and they have almost single-handedly come to my rescue.
Twice per year or so we all get together at the Games Done Quick charity events, and we come from all over the place, although primarily the US and Europe. Though it may sound like an exaggeration, it’s tough to leave those events when I have 100+ friends to say goodbye to. This isn’t just to flex my social wealth, rather it’s to place emphasis on how ungodly solitary things are for me at the moment. I don’t even get to spend time with the friends I have in Salina, and the next GDQ (slated for June) is very likely to be canceled.
However, the internet is a glorious thing, and my friends from around the world and I have been up to all kinds of shenanigans to try to keep ourselves from going insane. It’s kind of a far cry from going to crazy hotel parties that get shut down with them, but I’ll take what I can get. Our latest ventures included speedrunning Cookie Clicker’s ‘hardcore’ achievement (we got 2nd place in the world), playing a lot of Super Smash Bros. Melee doubles, and working together to make a video for my friends Alan and Colin’s YouTube channel. Their YouTube channel is EZScape, which clocks in at just under 300k subscribers, and I am one of the subjects of their latest video, “Meme Speedruns 2.” I brought a flash game from Playhouse Disney out of obscurity and turned it into a popular speedgame. Why don’t you check out the video and learn for yourself?