Coronavirus and conventions

I almost never comment on any real-world news on this site, but the coronavirus pandemic has a unique ability to impact some of the geek-culture calendar. We’re seeing cancellations of mass gatherings, postponements of blockbuster film productions, and delays in the release of new films.

Outside of the Internet, a lot of geek-culture community is oriented around shared public spaces (for example, the comic or hobby store) and, of course, conventions. I am sure that we will see a lot of upcoming convention cancellations. For me personally, I have a conference in May (for work) and then Gen Con at the end of July. I would not be surprised at all if either or both events are canceled or postponed.

Don’t get me wrong–I’m not whining about it. I’m privileged to be able to do things like this in the first place. And if they get canceled or delayed, I certainly understand why. But it’s something I’m thinking about right now, as I imagine many others are as well.

All that said, unless I’m incredibly unlucky and both (A) catch the virus and (B) develop more than mild symptoms even at my relatively young age, I can’t imagine that this pandemic will impact my blogging or any of my nerdy activities that typically serve as fodder for these posts. If anything, having to self-quarantine in the event of developing mild symptoms might just increase my blogging output, as I’d have a lot more time to play games, read books, and watch movies–and to write about it. There are occasional advantages to having the hobbies of a loner and the temperament of an introvert.

Speaking of posts, I’m really excited to announce that my wife, Samantha, will be contributing next week’s post. It’s a fun gaming-related topic that intersects with her own interests and relates to a video game that I haven’t played. I hope you’ll enjoy it. That’s all for now!

 

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