In today’s chat bubble I’m wondering about your in-game friendships. I started out, as you can tell from the title, wondering if you’d ever met in-game friends IRL, in real life. And then I skipped off down the cause and effect thought path of wondering whether there was any truth in the idea that different games lead to different friendships being created.
As you might know, the game I’m into more than any other is World of Warcraft, and I’m sure you’re all aware that WoW is, of course, an MMORPG. Like any massively multiplayer online game, WoW has a lot of collaborative elements to its gameplay, and, to me that is what fosters really great friendships. Guild Wars 2, Rift, and the like are probably much the same, but I haven’t had the same experience in them, likely just because I haven’t played them as much. But, conversely, while, again, I’ve played fewer MMOFPS hours than I have MMORPG hours, I’ve never really made new friends in an MMOFPS. Perhaps I’m playing them wrong, or with the wrong people, but that’s just the way it seems to go for me!
So, the first half of today’s question, how do you think different game environments affect how relationships are built? It seems clear to me that an MMO is the best place to meet new friends, but perhaps your experience is different?
And secondly, have you ever met in-game friends IRL? First, and importantly, if you are a minor, do not meet up with online friends IRL without adult supervision. You never know for sure who’s out there. And if you plan to meet in-game friends IRL, do exercise caution.
As I mention in the video, I’ve made a lot of new friends in WoW, and I’ve met a lot of them in reality. What’s more, I’ve heard of a lot of other guilds and groups doing the same! So what about you? Have you made in-game friends that you’ve met in the real world?