Quite a few years ago, I spent a lot of time playing an online game called Guild Wars. I wasn’t that great at it, but it was a lot of fun. I played for about seven years. The thing that kept me playing wasn’t the game itself, but more the people that I was playing the game with. I fell in with a fantastic group of people, who have in part remained online friends even now. Some, I’ve even met in ‘real life’, so to speak.
I did play Guild Wars 2 for a while, but it just didn’t have the same draw for me as its predecessor did. That said, I still occasionally get the urge to log on, if only to ‘see’ some of the people I used to play the game with. Which I guess is odd – I’m not getting the urge to log on to play the game. I’m getting the urge to log on to just virtually hang out with some awesome people.
Many of these people, I never met in real life. Which I guess means that just because you’re not interacting with people physically, it doesn’t make the whole experience pointless. Many of the people who I have only ever met online are people I hold in high regard.
I’ll probably try to log on over the weekend when I have some free time. And probably give away all the loot I accumulated on the trading post whilst not being online – before I stopped playing, I was playing the ‘trading post’ game to get rich with no real purpose. I’m hoping to run in to some of the familiar people who made Guild Wars such a fun time of my life.