When “in-game” becomes “in real-life”.

We have talked a fair bit about how important gaming with friends is to us. You can read the start of the series here.

These two friends are a couple whose anniversary happens to be a week later than our own, they’re a similar age and we have known them since the middle of Cataclysm. For those who don’t use expansions as time indicators: around 2 1/2 years. We like anonymity here, so I’ll call them by their WoW names; Thondar and Kiwii.

In all the time we had known each other, we had never been able to meet “IRL” because they live in Denmark and we live in the UK. Typical, eh? We had spent hours and hours on skype and in game chatting so we thought it was time to finally meet. When the opportunity to have a short summer break presented itself, we went for it.

We had a FANTASTIC time.

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We always joke with the Danes about how we don’t feel part of the EU, so this was their welcome sign coming into Denmark. I don’t know how Hello Kitty started, but the two blokes always joke about their “love” for it.

It was a little daunting, turning up in a foreign country whose language doesn’t even closely resemble the one you know, to meet people you’ve never ‘properly’ met. However, the worry was unfounded, as it was like we had always known each other.

We have heard many times, especially from people outside the gaming community, comments along the lines of: “how can you possibly form relationships in a GAME?” or “they aren’t real friendships”. When you spend so much time with these people, you can’t help but get to know them. As I’m sure you have experienced, the friendships are very real, and we wouldn’t be without them.

We can only urge you to take the opportunity to meet your online friends (safely) if you have the opportunity. These people have shared experiences that you don’t always find in the ‘real’ world.

Finally… to Thondar and Kiwii – we love you guys! 🙂

 

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5 thoughts on “When “in-game” becomes “in real-life”.

  1. That sounds like a lot of fun. I’ve not really heard of a couple meeting another couple like that before, but I think that’s great. And it gave you the opportunity to visit a country that you’d maybe never have visited otherwise 🙂

    I’ve met a few people from WoW. Mainly through my brother who used to play and has always been far friendlier than I 😉

    I did meet my boyfriend through WoW, and we’re planning for me to move over to the UK with him next year. Both of us being rather tired of only meeting every few months 🙂

  2. That is SUCH a great story 🙂 Glad it worked out well for you guys meeting people from ‘over there on the continent’ lol. I have yet to be brave enough to go and meet anyone IRL…

    • Awh thanks ^^ We just wish they lived closer >.<

      If there's someone you do want to meet you should definitely go for it, it could change your life! (dramatic, but true I think!)

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