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Not into computer games but I do love them as they were the driving force behind cheap and good computer graphics. There may have been a total of 30,000 graphic artists worldwide clamering for decent displays and these were out there for $4K (in 1980 dollars). Throw in 300,000,000 computer gamers looking for the same thing and the price came down rapidly. Adam Smith'sinvisible hand of the market writ large for everyone to see. Capitalism at work.

Fast-forward to today with "work at home" entering the social lexicon - from Forbes:

Video Games Are Being Played At Record Levels As The Coronavirus Keeps People Indoors
With school closures, mandatory work-from-home policies and lockdowns taking place in the U.S. as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, gaming has seen higher engagement, especially over this past weekend.

    • Steam, the most popular digital PC gaming marketplace, reached new heights Sunday, drawing a record 20,313,451 concurrent users to the 16-year-old service, according to third-party database SteamDB.
    • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, released by Steam-owner Valve in 2012, seems to be the top beneficiary of the increased engagement, breaking it's all-time peak on Sunday with 1,023,2290 concurrent players, topping its previous peak last month by a million, which itself beat the record set in April 2016.
    • Like other esports, CS:GO has had to cancel events due to the virus, particularly the Intel Extreme Masters in Katowice earlier this month, though its peak viewership reached over a million, making it one of the most watched tournaments in the esports' history.
    • Activision Blizzard's new free-to-play battle royale spinoff Call of Duty: Warzone, launched March 10 on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, is also likely benefiting, drawing in a staggering 15 million in three days, besting the record 10 million in three days by last year's battle royale sensation Apex Legends.
    • These new heights follows similar effects of the virus on China and Italy: Telecom Italia's CEO told Bloomberg it saw a 70% increase in traffic over its landline network, with Fortnite playing a significant part, while Chinese live-streaming service Douyu experienced increased viewership of the country's most popular games, according to market analyst Niko Partners.
    • While gaming was considered "recession proof" during the 2008 market crash, stocks aren't immune to the current historic drops: software developers like Activision Blizzard are facing a 9% decrease in price year-to-date, while hardware companies that rely on Chinese manufacturing like Nintendo are seeing bigger drops of 24%.

What To Watch For: If these records keep rising as the closings and lockdowns continue. Arriving this week is Nintendo's long-awaited Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Switch console, a relaxing "life-simulator" that's set to have a big day with many fans not-so-jokingly asking Nintendo to launch early.

Work at home... Yeah... Right... At least I am honest about sitting here surfing, gazing out at the ocean and the mountains and listening to old liturgical music.

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