Leaderboard: How often do you see your guild mates in meatspace?

    
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I’m hosting some online friends at my meatspace house this month, and last March I flew out to stay with some other friends I’d been gaming with since 2004 but had never met in person. It was a blast and something I hope to do more of, travel logistics and costs notwithstanding!

What about you, MOP readers? How often do you see your online friends or guild mates in the real world? Vote after the cut!

Leaderboard: How often do you meet your online friends in meatspace?

  • Wat? Never. (62%, 73 Votes)
  • Not yet, but we have plans. (12%, 14 Votes)
  • Once a year, usually. (13%, 15 Votes)
  • A few times a year. (9%, 10 Votes)
  • All the time. (4%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 117

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NeweggJeff
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NeweggJeff

I tend to play consistently with people I know IRL.  In the off chance I join a new guild or clan I tend to gravitate towards people who I can hang out with out of game too.

captainzor
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captainzor

Oddly enough, I finally got around to doing this just last month.  Got to see 2 friends I’ve known since ’99 or so for the first time.  We spent 4 days adventuring around the national parks in Nevada near Vegas and had a total blast.

This wasn’t the first time I’d seen gamer friends though.  A different group of us used to meet up at least annually at the old CPL conventions in Texas, as well as a few early QuakeCons.

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

I naturally compartmentalise things – including my social circles. Online gaming = online gaming. Work colleagues = work colleagues etc.

I’m certainly not opposed to the idea of meeting people in real life but it’s largely impractical for me due to the logistics.

Finding another Australian (let alone one who lives in my state), in a game I enjoy, on the same server, who I’d click with online (let alone in real life) etc. feels like finding a Unicorn.

I’ve only met one (great) online friend who I’d spent years playing City of Heroes with when I was travelling through the US a few years ago. We just happened to be in Vegas at the same time (he was there for work) and it was awesome to meet in person.

These days, due to an insanely busy work schedule, when I do get a chance to play (sporadically), I’ll generally play solo. Because I’m not online regularly or consistently it makes it difficult to form the online friendships I used to many years ago.

Maybe it’s just my impression, but I feel like the guilds of years ago that are still together now are the ones where members still meet up. 

However, due to game design today – in conjunction with the adrenalin-sport speed-run mentality, there’s not even the time or inclination to stop speak – let alone get to know someone.

Is that just my experience or am I looking at years gone by with rose coloured glasses?

Kageokami, oTQ
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Kageokami, oTQ

I casted my vote for a “few times a year” since I do have family and irl friends that play. But, for the most part, I don’t see any of the “super active members”.

Modrain
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Modrain

My gaming group is made of both RL friends and online ones, so it’s a bit hard to answer for me, since there are some I regularly meet, and other I’ve no idea what they’re looking like. Would love to meet them all though, but geographically… It’s tricky.

Craywulf
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Craywulf

I’m a little creeped out by the use of the term…meatspace. I have friends I play with exclusively, and I have friends that I hang out with exclusively. I have never sought out to meet guild mates in the real world, although I wouldn’t be against it if I felt like it could be mutually beneficial in the long term. I mean I’ve met a lot nice people online, but the distance between us is huge barrier to longterm friendship. It’s much easier to manage that exclusively online, because the expectations are lower.

d41k4t4n4
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d41k4t4n4

It’s good to have friends in cyberworld and never meet them in real life. I guess our brain gets attached to a representation of that person, he/she is real in the world we create for him/her.

Leilonii
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Leilonii

No because it weirds me out even though I know they’re just normal people. Some of them even live relatively close but I just can’t do it haha.

Dragonchirps
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Dragonchirps

My best online friend and I literally live on the opposite coasts of the USA. We still usually fly out once a year or two to visit each other, taking turns with whom visits whom. :)

Denngar
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Denngar

Used to be that I’d meet some of my online friends once every few months. Not the same ones, just whoever would be in town for whatever seasonal event was going on. That was in the states though.

With the time shift and now living in a different country, I think I’ve only seen one of my gamer friends in the past… um, 2 years? (thought he works in the biz now, so I sent him a care package with Japanese goodies to while he slaved over perfecting some pixels). I have to say, having online friends really did increase my quality of life; meatspace folks tend to just wanna bitch about work (if they’re Japanese) and/or the culture (if they’re foreign -_- ).