Magazines in a time of coronavirus: Lost
Inspired by MacGuffin, which bases every issue around one seemingly mundane object, we asked the editors of our favourite magazines to share an object that brings them comfort. Up today, Nelson Ng of Lost shares his pick.
“When the pandemic started, I knew I was going to be stuck at home for a long time. Thankfully, I work in a home office and so my magazine-making process wouldn’t be disrupted. But I knew I was going to get bored easily with all this extra time, and so in the first week of the pandemic, I went online and bought a gamepad. I haven’t really played computer games for a long time, but with this new device, I began to explore the world of games to see what I could do with it.
And so after a long day of magazine-making, I would find myself picking up the gamepad to explore new worlds or beat up monsters. In a time where everything seems so out of control, it feels good to be able to take back control with my hands, albeit in a fantasy world battling ugly monsters. When your physical activity in the real world becomes so limited, it feels liberating to be able to jump around just by pushing buttons. And when the news is filled with depressing headlines every other day, it feels nice to have something to celebrate: to win battles against ogres or demons, one little victory at a time. There hasn’t been any good news for a long time, so it’s easy to forget what hope feels like. But the games help. They remind us that we can still fight.”
— Nelson Ng