We all know that MMO developers seem to think that “socialization” means “shoving players into raids together,” but the reality is more varied and widespread than that. For me, I tend to treasure more those random encounters with strangers that end up being a positive experience. It’s the sort of thing that only can happen in online games like this.
It might be running into a tavern in Lord of the Rings Online and encountering a band belting out fun melodies while hosts make the rounds and give away treats. Or when I’m out adventuring in WoW Classic and another character goes out of his or her way to run over and give me a buff.
What’s the last encounter you had with a random stranger in an MMO that ended up being uplifting, surprising, or encouraging to you?