A recent post on the MMORPG subreddit fretted over the difficulty of meeting people in MMOs. While the OP pinned the struggle on MMOs that “value solo play more than multiplayer,” I’d submit that it’s more that online denizens value people they know more than people they don’t. Even people playing solo are usually guilded and happily chatting with friends.
So how do people make friends when they don’t come into MMOs with a friend network already? My gut response to this is always join a guild that’s recruiting and start grouping. It’s a big step up from PUGs, as the people in even a random starter guild are also usually looking for friends, looking for groups with non-jerks, looking to build a trust network, and looking to chat more than your typical random group. It might take months to find a few people you really jibe with, yes. But then again, that’s true in real life too.
How do you meet new people in MMOs? Do you have a specific strategy that you use to good effect?