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The Future of Work and How Gaming Can Impact Your Productivity

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It doesn’t take much observation to recognize that the way people work is changing drastically. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the telework phenomena and pushed many people who would have never left the office into work-from-home status. Even today as many believe the COVID pandemic is nearing its end and becoming endemic, work status remains forever altered. 

The pandemic has brought about several other changes in our lives. Notable for many Americans is an uptick in screen time. This is a product of multiple things such as having to work in front of a screen while teleworking and not being able to get out and do much else during lockdowns. One side effect of this is that many more people have taken up gaming as a hobby. 

The intersection of work and gaming can be an interesting one. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that those who game could be more apt to succeed in a remote workplace environment. Some experts even suggest that a gaming hobby could improve productivity in certain settings. Though many of these potential benefits are a boon for the gaming industry, they are only realized by the personality types that can strike a balance between work and play. 

The Future of Work

Today, many companies that were previously requiring employees to be in full telework status are reopening their doors and allowing employees back into the office. For some, going back to the office is a welcome change of pace and an opportunity to ditch the isolation of working from home. While for others, the idea of going back to work and not being able to work in pajamas to take care of small household chores on breaks sounds dreadful.  

Research suggests that the majority of employees with an option prefer some level of a hybrid work environment. This might involve going into the office a few days per week and teleworking the rest. Or it could be something like starting the day at home and going into the office after lunch. Or only going in for meetings. Or mostly being in the office, but having the flexibility to telework as needed. The options are really limitless. 

As many companies are inviting employees back to the office, there is a vibe that they are willing to be more flexible than they previously were. Likewise, many companies are considering adopting other policies that could improve productivity and work-life balance in the workplace. Some ideas include allowing employees more flexible working hours, creating areas for relaxation and de-stressing in the workplace, and finding opportunities to address health concerns.  

Gaming and Productivity

One example of this newfound flexibility is exploring options for improved breaks at work. For instance, some companies, having realized the benefits that gaming can provide, are putting gaming consoles in their break rooms and allowing employees to game during their lunch break. Some research suggests that a 45-minute gaming break can increase team productivity by up to 20%

Some even argue that gaming can prepare people for the workforce by helping them to better develop soft skills such as creative problem solving, communication under pressure, and emotional intelligence. In a remote environment, these skills can really shine. After all, gamers are accustomed to collaborating and achieving goals in an online setting. It is no wonder that many gamers thrived in a telework environment. 

Proponents of gaming are also quick to point out that online gaming is a profound way for even the most introverted among us to improve our social skills. Cooperative games have been shown to help young children learn how to work together and there is evidence to indicate that the learning doesn’t stop with children. In a workplace, gaming together could insinuate greater team bonding, which in turn could give another boost to overall productivity. 

Striking a Balance

All of this gaming can be a great means of increasing productivity and building a stronger team, whether in an in-person or remote working environment. However, there are some potential drawbacks. Of course, too much gaming can take away from actually getting work done and causes many other problems for the gamers themselves. 

For example, gaming at home during the pandemic hasn’t been all that beneficial for everyone. Those that are on the computer all day for work and then get online for gaming tend to get lost online. They may check out from normal day-to-day activities and develop a legitimate addiction to spending time on the Internet, whether that is playing online games or just browsing aimlessly until their phone dies. 

The situation has become so dire in many areas that the World Health Organization recognized gaming disorder as a mental health condition. To incorporate the positives of gaming into work, it is important to recognize the signs of gaming addiction and work towards resolving the problem. Perhaps the first step is to ensure that the games are kept to breaks and are not encroaching into actual working hours. 

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Our workplaces are changing at an unprecedented rate. In many instances, gamers can take advantage of these changes by applying the soft skills they’ve learned in games to becoming phenomenal teleworkers or by advocating for the benefits of a gaming console in the break room. Gaming can be a boon to employee productivity as long as it is managed within reason and employees are cognizant of how much their hobby is encroaching on their life. 

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Before the DLC comes out, the Big Elden Ring update adds new features and fixes the game’s balance

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There will be an update for Elden Ring next week that sounds pretty important. The patch will come out on June 20, right before Shadow of the Erdtree goes live on June 21. “New features” and “balance adjustments” are what FromSoftware says the update will have.

Luckily, the developer went on to give more information. We went ahead and put them all together in the patch notes below:

New parts of inventory:

  • Items that were just gained will have a “!” next to them
  • There is now a new tab called “Recent Items” that lets you look at items that you just got

What’s new in Summoning Pool?

  • Now, active summoning pools will follow you to NG+
  • The newly added Map Functions Menu now lets you turn on and off individual summoning pools
  • When you use the Small Golden Effigy, it will only choose active Summoning Pools

All new hairstyles:

  • The game now has five more hairstyles to choose from. You can choose them when you make your character, with the Clouded Mirror Stand, or with Rennala’s Rebirth feature.
    FromSoftware also says that the patch will have extra features that aren’t listed here. I hope they’re a pleasant surprise!

Would you like to see any of these changes made? Are you still excited about Shadow of the Erdtree? Get ready by reading the comments below.

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The manager of Italy’s Euro 2024 team has clarified that his squad is not prohibited from playing the PS5

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In a development that is likely to delight console manufacturer Sony, the Italian national team seems to be caught up in a scandal involving PlayStation. Manager Luciano Spalletti has previously expressed his concerns about his players staying up late playing video games on their PS5s. This led to speculation that he may have implemented a ban on the gaming system during his squad’s Euro 2024 camp. However, when speaking to the media before the team’s upcoming match against Albania on Saturday, he made it clear that he is fine with his players relaxing with video games, as long as they don’t stay up too late playing.

“I have no qualms about any genre of games – we’ve set up a gaming room with two PlayStations,” he stated. It seems to be quite popular, and I’ve even tried it out myself. However, they have the ability to do so at the appropriate time of day. It is quite concerning that they are awake until such late hours of the night. It is important to prioritize a healthy sleep schedule. We must emphasize the importance of adopting a proper lifestyle while playing games. I never claimed that we couldn’t play PlayStation, which is both unfair and untrue. I mentioned that staying up until 3AM or 4AM is not something we can do – it’s a distinct situation.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, echoing his coach’s sentiments, revealed that the entire team finds pleasure in playing PS5, but only when it’s fitting. “After dinner, we spend time together in the games room, where we let loose and unwind. This has fostered a strong sense of camaraderie among us,” he observed. We share a few laughs and enjoy each other’s company for a couple of hours. There are absolutely no problems in that regard, the m

Italy’s disciplined gaming time seems to have paid off as they emerged victorious with a 2-1 win against Albania in their opener on Saturday. This impressive performance puts them joint-top of Group B after just one game. They will have to bring their A-game for their upcoming match, as they are set to take on Spain, their fierce rivals, in Gelsenkirchen on Thursday.

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Metallica takes center stage on the battle arena of the Fortnite Festival, showcasing their musical prowess in an epic PVP showdown

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Metallica will be headlining the Battle Stage at the Fortnite Festival, and fans can look forward to an epic performance later today, on the 13th of June. The entire lineup of the legendary heavy metal band has been transformed into digital avatars for the ever-growing gaming platform. Fans can now enjoy their greatest hits and even engage in a thrilling musical player-versus-player game mode.

The collaboration between Metallica and Fortnite marks the start of Fortnite Festival Season 4, featuring an exciting lineup of six Metallica songs, such as “Enter Sandman,”  “Fuel,”  and “Ride the Lightning.”. Additional songs will be introduced as the season progresses. By choosing Epic’s premium Festival Pass, you’ll have the opportunity to unlock all four Metallica band members as playable skins. How about a showdown between Lars Ulrich and Goku?

The aspect that captures our attention is the 16-player musical battle royale. The Battle Stage offers a challenging experience that pushes players to their limits, requiring both physical stamina and a captivating stage presence. Players will find themselves immersed in the intense energy of the four tracks playing simultaneously. Perform with skill, and you can unleash powerful bursts of musical energy, causing less talented individuals to falter and be defeated, with the ultimate victor being crowned the Master of Puppets (most likely).

In addition to that, Metallica will be making an appearance at the Rocket Racing tent, complete with a specially designed track, car, and LEGO replicas of the band members. Is there anything more intense than that?

Do you enjoy Metallica’s music? Could anyone have predicted that the band would rise to prominence in a video game primarily aimed at a younger audience who may not be familiar with their music? And now, let’s turn our attention to the comments section below.

 

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