The other day, the White House had a press conference about COVID-19, and they talked about a lot of things, but one thing caught my attention in particular. It was something that the Task Force Coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx said. “I’m gonna call on that generation […] that brought us innovation. Particularly throughout all of their ability to look around corners and skip through games. I always went level by level, I didn’t realize that you could go from level 3 to level 7. That’s what they’ve taught us. They look for things that we don’t see. We need them to be healthy.”
I think she was talking about speedrunners. Those people who do exactly that. They discover every little thing there is in a game, even making new discoveries decades after a game comes out, and pushing things to their limits, going through as fast as they possibly can. When I first saw the clip making the rounds, I thought it was fake, but no, she really did say that. Honestly I agree that our greatest innovators are the people who are willing to pour everything into a subject, and look at it from every possible angle. I don’t know if gamers and speedrunners are the ones who are going to help find the cure, but at the very least, it’s nice to have them talked about in a positive light by someone in some kind of power, and having that broadcast all over the news.