Corrections and Clarifications: A previous version of this story misstated the age of the Nintendo Switch gaming console.
Video games are playing a big part in helping people cope during the coronavirus pandemic.
Since earlier this spring with the onset of stay-at-home orders meant to stem the spread of COVID-19, more Americans have pressed play on video games.
For some, games are an entertaining way to pass the time not spent on other pursuits. Others use them to stay connected with friends they used to see in person – and to bond with family members.
Jennifer Fidler, 47, and her husband of Portland, Oregon, have been playing “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” with her two middle school-aged daughters since the pandemic led to school closings. They may get another Nintendo Switch soon to expand their options.
Playing the game, “I am able to connect with my sister in Tennessee…