It’s not surprising given this is a game with real people, as opposed to surprisingly animated NPC’s, that we do form connections in this game. I can’t get over how lucky I feel at times to know the people I do.
Some are small fleeting connections like the people who join in with me on rp adventures and who I never see again. Then I have the connection with my raid team, I spend up to 12 hours a week with these 9 other people so it’s not surprising you start to feel closer to them and you have lots of little in-jokes like the way Flaming, Visage and I always walk around in cat form together. The 3 of us form the left stacking group on Iron Qon and it’s become a weekly ritual to be cats together (got to love potion of illusion). Sometimes extending into other bosses. Sometimes all it takes is a ‘you ok?’ whispered to a team member after a bit of tension to help tie the connections that bit tighter.
Then there are all the people I’ve discovered through blogging. It’s hard not to feel close to people whose thoughts you read every morning over breakfast and sometimes mull about those thoughts for a while. And even more exciting when they talk back to you either through comments or in-game, again more of those connections.
And once in a while you find some really special people through this video game. Like the friend who sends your kids a care package because one of them has come down with mumps over the school holidays and is bouncing off the walls because they can’t go out into society for risk of infecting others. A huge thank you to Cahl for being a friend in-game and out.
And another thanks to all the people I have met through this blog and through chance meetings in the world of Azeroth. It may be a virtual environment but the connections that are made there are pretty special.