As of writing this, COVID-19 has killed more than 117,000 people worldwide. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones, and those who are currently affected by the virus, whether you yourself are infected or you know someone who is. I also can’t imagine how painful it is to be separated from loved ones who are in hospital for other reasons but you can’t see them because of COVID protocols. It’s awful that in the midst of a global health crisis, we can’t physically be there for each other.
We are living in scary, uncertain times. Most of us are doing what we can to slow the spread by practicing good hygiene and social distancing. And none of us know how long these social distancing measures will be necessary (and they are necessary). Many people have lost their jobs and don’t know if or when they will get them back. Many establishments are seeing huge drops in revenue and may never recover. We are going to have to support each other, to be patient and empathetic and generous.
This week we speak with Conor Clarke of the UK’s National Videogame Museum, which is danger of closing permanently due to the coronavirus shutdown. To prevent that — to one day re-open their physical location and continue to provide education, preservation, and fun, the museum is asking for donations at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/savethenvmuk, with an £80,000 goal.
Take a listen to this week’s episode to learn more about the National Videogame Museum and the campaign to save it.