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Community Applauds at 3 a.m. Every Day to Celebrate Gaming Heroes Who Don’t Go Outside

NEW YORK — The residents of New York City have begun applauding out their windows every single day at three in the morning to celebrate and congratulate the gamers who are brave enough to stay inside.

“I feel so hopeless these days. All I want to do is give back to those keeping our community safe — the gaming heroes who play games instead of going to the park,” said 72-year-old Brooklyn native Marcia Wright. “It makes me feel good and safe knowing that they’re in there grinding away at whatever RPG just popped up on Xbox Game Pass. If I could serve my community like that, I would. And so we thank them, the gamers, the best of us.”

The heroic gamers in question, however, have been so busy helping to protect their community from COVID-19, that many of them have not even noticed the applause.

“People have been clapping? Huh. I guess listening to a podcast while blasting game music has kinda made it hard to pay attention to what’s going on. Apparently there’s a quarantine,” said one gamer, Chris Martin. “I’m just trying to beat Bloodborne.” 

As of press time, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $10 billion cut to funding for gaming statewide.

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