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Zoom, for the past weeks, have been our go-to for all our important conference calls and briefings in light of the pandemic. But as convenient as Zoom can be, it also showcases some very annoying aspects, especially when you have to fix yourself up for a mere one-hour long call.
Surely there must be a better and even more enjoyable way of going about our business? One thing’s for sure, we definitely didn’t expect that to be Rockstar’s popular video game Red Dead Redemption 2.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a third-person open-world adventure game set in the cowboy era of the American Old West. With its multiplayer compatibility, multiple people can join a “party”, hang out around a crackling campfire in the woods and chat away.
Recently, author and artist, Viviane Schwarz tweeted this:
Who would have thought that a game about an outlaw pursued by a number of gangs would be the solution to all our video-call issues? But even though this setup is easy-to-do, creative and even work-like in some cases with the option to pour yourself a nice cup of brew as you would in-office, there is, unfortunately, the possibility of running into a bear who will not hold back in trying to tear you all apart. You may also cross paths with another group – and they won’t be there to discuss sales forecasts.
Besides the very real possibility of all being brutally murdered, there’s something that feels so right about conducting a meeting, as cowboys, around a campfire as the moon illuminates the scenery. Another positive, as Viviane mentions is that “when you agree that the meeting is over you can all jump on your horses and do crime or justice, which is a lot less awkward than everyone smiling at the camera while they’re trying to sign off.”
We can all agree that we’d do anything to avoid the awkward smiles and waves as you desperately attempt to end the call.
And if someone isn’t paying attention, you can assert dominance by pointing a gun around (VIRTUAL ONLY), that should get them glued to the conversation.
Could be worth a shot. All you need is your gang and Red Dead Redemption 2, and you’ll be having meetings in the Wild West in no time.