When I play video games, I have a bad habit of taking quest instructions too seriously.
When they tell me, like they do in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, to please hurry in my journey to save the princess, I haul ass to get that princess saved. It’s possible that I do this because I’ve played too many games where waiting is actually detrimental to the game’s ending, but the more likely reason is that I’m high strung.
It is a terrible time to be high strung. The general sense of tension or unease I experience just waking up and brushing my teeth has become the default state of the world under threat from the novel coronavirus, and social distancing alone in one of New York’s hardest-hit neighborhoods has done absolutely nothing to assuage me. I’ve turned to a few video games to distract myself, all the while counting