The Daily Grind: Have you ever had an in-game MMO romance?

    
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Stepping back across time.

I got my wife into MMOs by volunteering to buy her a copy of World of Warcraft. At the time, we had been best friends for years – since we had met back in college, in fact – and we were moving in the direction of romantic involvement. So we started playing together on a nightly basis, and that formed a big part of our relationship before we moved in together. It started some nicknames and traditions that we still observe now, a decade later.

A lot of online romances end badly, but not all of them do. Not all of them are even what springs to mind with the term “in-game romance.” What about you? Have you had an in-game romance? Has playing games together significantly impacted your romantic life? Or do you prefer to keep your online gaming and your romantic life entirely separate from one another?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Way back in FFXI. Me and someone I’m still very close to got….well….very close. VERY close. We were just acknowledging it shy of being in a real relationship. At some point we finally stopped and talked about it. There was a good 11 year age difference. Didn’t bother me as much as her. She was the older of the two of us and had kids. She asked me “what could she offer me (at her age)”. I didn’t really have a good answer for that at 19 so it just never happened. That was a good 10 years ago.

We’re still good friends and it turns out she met her current husband through an MMO.

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Kaloth
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melissaheather Kaloth You’re misreading my contempt of those all too willing to use a person’s loneliness to their own advantage as condescension of online relationships.
Had any of the people my friend met online actually been good people instead of users, I would have been encouraging of his relationships–there’s nothing wrong with relationships that start online. But he repeatedly fell into the pitfall of finding someone who wanted to use and abuse him (emotionally, financially) and was oblivious to the situation he was in.
If you had a female friend who’s boyfriend was abusive and you didn’t like him because of it and thought your friend naive because she couldn’t see it, would it be OK if I called you condescending? It’s the same situation. Abuse comes in more forms than just being hit, and I especially don’t like it being done to those I care about.

Dajhryne
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thatchefdude Dajhryne  I think it was just a standalone video they made but I wouldn’t swear to it.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Lord, no!

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I met my wife in a MUD a little over 22 years ago. Back then, it was considered odd. :)

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thatchefdude

Dajhryne I’ve watched the Guild many times and don’t recall this, was it in one of the episodes???

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When I was playing TERA a few times as a High Elf I had (what I could only imagine were a couple 15 year old boys) repeatedly tell me hot my tits looked and that they wanted to pull me by my elf ears while getting down…

So I gave them a taste of their own medicine, played along for a couple days, and than told them that I’m a dude….
Fucking priceless….

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Not..really, but examples come to mind.
1)A guy I met on RIFT, I became in-game friends with, and it may have been a bit flirtatious. If I had the money I might have taken a trip to see him so who knows?
2)I met my boyfriend outside of MMOs, but MMOs were a small part of some bonding. Not really his genre though.
3)A couple we are friends with either met or had early bonding through playing FFXI a while ago.

That’s about it :)

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melissaheather 
Hmm. Half a continent can be far or very far.  But i have to admit, either of the two relationships i built online got me learning a new language. :)