How to stay close when you can’t be close

Everyone is adjusting to being cooped up, and we all wish we could be closer with people are aren’t close right now. There are ways to be together even while we stay apart!

We’ve all thought about Facetime, Skype and we’ve heard about Zoom on the news, but you can do more than just talk through video chat. There are a great number of newbie-friendly games that can be played remotely (or semi-remotely). If one of your friends owns any of the astonishingly good Jackbox Party Games for their computer, they can share their screen via Zoom, Discord, Google Hangouts, or another platform, and everyone else can contribute from their phones.

Likewise, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes requires that only one person sees the bomb they’re trying to defuse—everyone else attempts to guide them using an obtuse bomb-defusing manual.

If you’re looking for a more-traditional game-night experience, JigsawPuzzles.io is a great place to work on puzzles. BoardGameArena has dozens of traditional and newer board games you can play with family and friends over the Internet!

Want to have a group movie night? On Discord, you can set up a screen share for up to 50 people, so one person can play a movie on their screen, and everyone else can watch it and make snarky comments just like if you were in the same room.

If you’re really bored, you can even fill out an application for an absentee ballot! Oh, you knew that was coming!

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