Gamers are misrepresented as anti-social because they rather play a game than go out. Usually people who say this are those who don’t play games themselves either because they don’t want to or they believe it is a waste of time. If you did your research you would discover that more than 10 million people play MMORPG’s and in World of Warcraft alone has 8 million. We aren’t Anti-social, we don’t waste money on bars, parties, or activities that don’t build relationships. Of course I am kidding on that, I am sure you all that do what most gamers don’t on Fridays and Saturdays you enjoy it with friends or family. You see, it is similar to us who love playing games like Guild Wars 2, World of Warcraft, or Elder Scrolls. We join guilds, guilds are units of players under one banner who become a giant team usually with similar mindsets. In Guild Wars 2 I am part of a Guild called Salt of the Earth. Salt is a Christian guild of 100+ members. We even have 8 married couples who play together. Basically what happens is these guilds become small families of friends who become close no matter where they are located. In Salt: Alabama, Colorado, California, Texas, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Aussies, Turkey, and Philippines.
In MMORPG’s there are servers or worlds that we play in. Salt is in a Server called Fort Aspenwood. These servers have separate populations that are based on 1 faction or more. WoW has both Horde and Alliance in one Server base. Each game can have 3-30+ more servers based on the popularity of the game. As you play in yours you will find many different types of people with different types of views of life. Some use the game to escape their reality, others play to relax, many for the social media aspect, and a few others with a specific perspective. Then some guilds like to focus on the game contents. In Guild Wars 2 we have PvX, PvE, WvW, and many other types. P stands for Player, X stands a mix of Environment (story/game quests) and World vs World (Player vs Player content). Then the question as to be, how can you know someone if you don’t see them? One we chat through texting on chats programs in games: Guild Chat, World Chat, Squad Chat, or Local Chat. Another method is using a form of overlay speaking programs: Teamspeak, Raidcall, Ventrillo, or any other programs that people use. It allows us to speak to each other and get to know each other. Many of these guilds use websites to communicate while a newer form has been Facebook. We have created Facebook Groups that allow us to get to know each other with out compromising who we are until we become friends.
That all being said, do we hide in our basements, eat junk food, and play for hours? Of course, but we also try and build friendships out side of gaming. Some of us do actually hang with non-gamers and go out. We go to church, spend time with our families, work on our yard, and even work full time jobs. We go on vacations, some of us have even visited each other in real life. As Christians, we have found brothers and sisters in Christ we can talk to, pray for each other, fellowship together, and be there for each other. This is similar to many of the other guilds out there. There is a similar community building for each server as a whole. Gamers can be Anti-social, but we are very social with those we have “common” interest. Just as all those find common interest with friends of their hobbies and activities. Don’t be fooled, we are humans like you. We just have a hobby of playing games.