While the pandemic is driving many professions to ruin, it is giving the gaming industry an immense boom. While gaming may not be understood as pure game development, the industry has been able to expand to include equipment for digital spaces. But what about when social contact is limited? Exchange of ideas and thoughts seems almost impossible. Yet virtual children's birthday parties, cooking classes, exhibitions and trade fairs are being created; physical distance does not necessarily mean social distance.
This is where interaction designers, together with game designers, are called upon to create concepts for the new online gatherings. Events where many people come together digitally not only help people to stay in touch with family, friends or colleagues during a lockdown, but are often also more functional and a nicer way to interact with.