Anthony R. Palumbi is an author and game writer based in Sacramento, Calif.As Americans adjust to the loneliness of life during the pandemic, there is a preexisting community that can provide an unexpected source of wisdom: gamers.Yes, gamers. Often dismissed as pajama-wearing basement dwellers, players of video games have spent years building and maintaining online communities. We developed and mastered the Internet’s strange social phenomena years before the rest of the world caught up, pioneering intimacy at a distance. And we have a lot of lessons to teach the rest of the country about how to survive the current pandemic, in particular about how to forge and sustain connections while maintaining physical distance.First, never do alone what can be done in a team. In so-called massively multiplayer online games, players often get together virtually to form clans and guilds so they can help each other complete complicated missions and navigate the game’s obstacles. A new game, or the release of new content within a game, can serve as a kind of reunion for virtual families scattered across the globe. Clans maintain private spaces in social media for sharing and coordination, and players needn’t be active in any particular game to

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