Guilds existed long before gaming. The concept of the guild really has not changed, and in our current culture we can call clubs or special groups guilds too. In the past guilds were more of family and close to the families groups. They fought under one banner, one leader, and for each other. It was about honor, courage, and loyalty. In many ways leaving for neglecting your guild could result in exile, disownment, or even death. In the gaming community it is similar in how it is build. The guild usually has a platform it stands on for being who they are. Salt of the Earth stands on Christianity and the verses Matthew 5:13-16 (ESV), Awakened to Redemption verses are Ephesians 5:7-10 (ESV). Other guilds that usually do not stand by a Christian value usually are connected by TV show/movie, clubs, gaming groups, Friends,game content (PvE, PvP, WvW, Etc), and many more different guild quality.
Guilds are generally led by one guild leader. Usually this person is the visionary or manager of the guild. He chooses the officers, the responsibilities, the direction of the guild, coordinate the leaders/members, and usually makes the final call. They usually become marketers, administration, manager, counselor/mentor, recruiter, interviewer, and more. The next line is usually highest ranked officers who are given certain tasks of responsibility to help run the guilds. After some have minor officers who take lead under certain responsibilities. Then usually it is the membership that makes the foundation. You see without members there is no need for leadership. Many of these guilds become very close to each other to where they play together as a group in other future games. They become a family, a guild in real life, that has impacted each other in ways that many have helped each other in real life.
I have experienced communities help each other for example one man who was in a serious motorcycle accident that ended with him be paralyzed from the waste down. The guild community put money together to send to him and his wife to pay for bills (over $3K was sent to him). Strangers who have never met each other in real life were willing to help a fellow gamer with bills. Are gamers really fakes who we cannot tell by spending time with them in game, on Teamspeak, or chatting? You see these communities are more than empty shells, fakes, lazy, anti-social, shy, or all the stereotypes that so many firmly believe in.
So instead of seeing the reality of the guilds and gaming community the protest against games are so negative it leaves no doors open to minister to the gaming community. I have stated before that 10’s of millions of people play games all over the world. These guilds become friends and family. Especially now in how easy it is to communicate all over the different tools of social media. Our community uses Facebook Group to communicate, and as we got closer to each other we learned much about each other’s lives that we now consider ourselves friends. We pray for each other, encourage each other, share recipes, stories, or anything that friends in real life do. If we all lived near each other we would hang out in real life as well. Guilds are a community, the gaming community, who live by the same hobby, similar mindsets, or common game platform. Whatever it is that each guild stands by they become true friends who you can count on or encourage one another.