My co-workers and I were meant to be spending the summer together on campus helping run orientation programs, until COVID-19 happened and forced everyone into quarantine. With everyone being advised to move back home instead of staying on campus due to the stay-at-home order, and classes being moved online for the rest of the semester and the summer, all orientation programs were moved online, as well.
Now, I know what you're thinking - how in the heck is that going to work? To be honest, we had no idea, but we were thrown into different locations and still had to run these programs together and go through trainings on Zoom.
Once we got all the bugs worked out for how the program was going to work and survived our first one, we realized we still wanted to spend time with each other and be closer friends. We didn't know how we were going to do that - we had a group chat together that we would send things to each other on and talk, but we didn't know what else to do. That was until one of my co-workers suggested we all play "Fortnite" together.
I had only played this game a handful of times, and I was honestly horrible at it, but I said yes because I wanted to spend time with them.
So now everyday, after work or during our lunch breaks, we hop on a group Facetime call and play. We often yell about where we are going to land in the game, dying, not finding the right weapons, or eliminating someone, but it's always a fun time no matter what.
We try the different game types to see if we like it better than our usual game mode of Team Rumble, which is killing people until you hit the elimination goal (but you can respawn as many times as you need). We usually stick to either the usual mode or Battle Royal to see if we can be the last team standing, which we've done twice now.
In the time that my co-workers and I started doing this, not only did I become closer to them, but I also became better at "Fortnite," and I wouldn't change it for the world.