I interact very little with others in-game apart from the usual dynamic event, "ty - np" routine. I'm in a guild but I tend to play alone in the open world, or with my RL buddy. I sometimes chat in the guild and very rarely in /say and map chat.
- The game does not strengthen my friendship with my buddy really, I've known him 10 years and it's pretty solid. However since we're both gamers it gives us something more to chat about when we're not playing. I see him more than twice a week up close anyway either in our running team or simply for a coffee or beer, and we've been on some holidays together as well so obviously we discuss our lives enough
- Regarding the people I don't know IRL... I haven't really gotten that
close with this "gang" yet, but they seem like a nice bunch of people. I had a number of good experiences with people on my WoW RP server years back, as well as a very nice community for SWTOR... But when I quit the games I drifted away. And it actually makes me feel a bit bad and guilty sometimes... But I'm an introvert (albeit a social introvert) and find it difficult to retain a meaningful relationship with all but a few people I truly click with, and that will only happen IRL.
As far as personal information is concerned, people tend to open up with me easily IRL, and I guess some do online too. But since I rarely talk about my personal stuff or at least my deeper personal thoughts, fears and desires even IRL I don't open up to them at all, though I will talk about my actual past experiences freely (don't have anything to hide really). I will definitely respect and listen to the people who do open up to me though and if possible give them advice if they ask for it.
For me the online relationships are definitely weaker - physical presence and body language are extremely important to develop a true relationship with someone. I like and respect the people I interact with and go out of my way to help them in any way I can - but as I don't know them IRL I can't really consider them friends
It's just the way I am.
BTW I don't mean "relationship" as in "romantic relationship" in this post at all.
- The in-game community seems to be pretty good as a whole, people seem helpful enough and I more often than not see an active and sometimes entertaining map chat. Though I'm beginning to get annoyed with the Guru, it seems to be following the usual videogame forum trend more and more. Shame as it was very much better when I first visited here and a year+ later when I actually signed up.
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