Animal Crossing: New Horizons Players Are Creating Custom Content For A Real-Life Museum (GoNintendo)

GoNintendo: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Players Are Creating Custom Content For A Real-Life Museum. “In the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Blathers is the go-to guy when it comes to museums. In the real world, it turns out there’s another museum that has tied itself to the Animal Crossing excitement. The Museum of English Rural Life had to close its doors temporarily due to the coronavirus, but they’re continuing the fun online with a request from their followers. The Museum has a real-life exhibit showcasing rural smocks, which were outer garments worn by shepherds and waggoners. Since people can’t check out that exhibit right now, the museum curators thought it would be fun to create a digital collection.”

SoraNews24: Japanese students hold graduation ceremony in Minecraft amid school cancellation

SoraNews24: Japanese students hold graduation ceremony in Minecraft amid school cancellation. “Because the Japanese school year ends in March and begins in April, for many students this closing period means that they mill miss their graduation ceremonies. Whether they’re leaving elementary school, middle school, or high school, it’s a sad feeling for them to go out with a whimper instead of a bang. But some creative elementary school graduates in Japan came up with a great workaround. If they couldn’t have a graduation ceremony at school, then why not have one digitally in a place they all meet often anyway… in Minecraft!”

CNET: 77-year-old fined for playing Pokemon Go amid Spain’s coronavirus lockdown

CNET: 77-year-old fined for playing Pokemon Go amid Spain’s coronavirus lockdown. “The coronavirus pandemic is most lethal to the elderly and the virus’ spread throughout Spain is the second most deadly in the world. So it’s not surprising that police in Madrid, enforcing the city’s lockdown measures, arrested a 77-year-old on Sunday for being out and about in the city, reports TeleMadrid. The septuagenarian’s reason leaving his home? Having to catch ’em all, obviously.”

CNET: Plague Inc. flips the script, letting players save the world from a pandemic

CNET: Plague Inc. flips the script, letting players save the world from a pandemic . “Stopping the pathogen from global domination will take a strategic approach of managing the disease, improving health care systems and controlling real-world actions such as quarantining, social distancing and closing of public spaces, Ndemic Creations said in a post Monday.”

USA Today: Coronavirus home lesson plans, coming for free in ‘Minecraft’

USA Today: Coronavirus home lesson plans, coming for free in ‘Minecraft’ . “Microsoft wants to help students keep flexing their mental muscles even if they aren’t in the classroom, with many schools closed during the coronavirus crisis. So kids and parents can explore some free ‘Minecraft’ challenges, made available for free today through June 30 in the Minecraft Marketplace, found within the game played by more than 90 million each month.”

Man of Many: Steam Smashes Record with 19.7 Million Concurrent Players

Man of Many: Steam Smashes Record with 19.7 Million Concurrent Players. “According to Steam’s own statistics tracker, peak player count hit 19,728,027 users Saturday morning, or late Saturday if we’re talking Australian EDT. The previous Steam record was set back in February this year with around 18.8 million concurrent players, making the new record close to 1 million greater.”

Ubergizmo: You Can Now Play Pokemon GO Without Having To Leave The House

Ubergizmo: You Can Now Play Pokemon GO Without Having To Leave The House. “To prevent their players from potentially catching the virus, Niantic has announced that they will be modifying some of the game’s mechanics that will temporarily allow players to enjoy Pokemon GO from the safety of their homes, at least to a certain extent. For example, there will be an increase in the number of habitats so that players will be able to find new Pokemon GO while playing closer to their homes.”