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Posted: Sep 28th 2008 9:15PM Jouka said

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I don't recommend my friends crack, so why a MMO? LOL J/K, I recommend music and movies and cars, why not a game?

Posted: Sep 29th 2008 12:35AM Waluigi said

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I was playing FFXI and I kinda got my brother into it as a result, him being another Final Fantasy friend. And now he's into his 6th year of college which I feel is a result of his endeavors into the MMO world. We've since moved to WoW and such, and he earnestly gets his friends to join just for the free months of playtime for himself, but I've yet to get anybody else into any of these games. To me, ruining others' lives isn't worth me saving 15 bucks a month or whatever Moogle Cap rewards or Zebra mounts I might get.

Posted: Sep 29th 2008 6:32PM (Unverified) said

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I have never really understood friendships in games. Sure, some people you play with on a regular basis. But a friendship? Really? A lasting one?

And don't get me wrong. I have made lasting friendships that originated online. But not through a game. It just strikes me as really odd. How would I get to know these people when I'm busy actively playing a game? And further - why would I want to?

And by "lasting friendships", what do they *really* mean? Do they just mean "other players that I played with in one game and liked enough to go out of my way to arrange playing with on other games when they come along"? Or do they mean people they like.. talk to out of the game and go do stuff with? But still.. WHY?

I'm more or less a hard core gamer, but one who doesn't always play. I may go months without playing any game at all. Then months doing nothing but playing games. I play a lot of EVE-Online. I see the same people and chat with them in-game all the time. I can't imagine I'd ever care to take it outside of the chat channe though. Same with any other MMO (Warhammer, etc -- which has a rather poor online channel/communication system).

And I know people who have met significant others online. I actually know a knock-out former dancer who met a guy via Ultima Online and then married him and they're quite happy.

And it completely baffles me. No matter how much fun I'm having, I can't imagine a single second where it would strike me to engage these people outside of the gaming parameter.

As for recommending MMOs to people? Sure. Why not? If I like a book and I know someone who likes to read, I recommend a good book. Same with movies and music. Why not games?

Posted: Sep 29th 2008 9:39AM Evy said

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MMORPGs can be addicting if you don't know how to manage your time properly or if you have a naturally "addictive personality". If you've had problems balancing work and play in the past, for whatever reason, MMORPGs might not be for you.

I also would not recommend WoW to a high schooler or college student who may not yet posses the willpower to play the game in moderation. I'm not suggesting that ALL teenagers would have issues. But I wouldn't go out of my way to get a young adult into the game. I'm certain I would've had problems if WoW was released while I was still in school.

Posted: Sep 29th 2008 4:45PM (Unverified) said

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I did recommend some MMOs to new genre players back in the day and that worked out quite well. If you, as a gamer, haven't at least sniffed an MMO by now there's likely some form of made up mind involved though, so I'm not sure if I'd do it outside of the group of people I know who like to try new things out on their own as well.

There's too many preconceived ideas and comparisons involved now, same reason why recommending a new MMO to someone still actively playing another atm doesn't work really.

Posted: Sep 30th 2008 12:04PM Azzura said

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Ive been playing MMOs for over 10 years now, and each game I have played, I have gained at least 1 friend that I have gone beyond just palling around with. Like someone said above - you are hanging out with people that share a common interest. Same as if you played softball or went bowling with a group of people...you become friends with one or people that you really hit it off with.

I use MMOs as my evening social activity, I dont do bars or clubs, there arent a ton of people where I work, and I dont get to mingle in my job...so when I get online, it becomes the place I socialize. I played UO way back when it started and I stopped playing 6 years ago. From playing that one game, I gained 6 friends, ones that went beyond the game, into everyday chat on the phone. 5 of them I met in real life eventually and only 1 lived in the same state as I live.
Of those 6, I still stay in contact with 3 of them, one has become one of my best friends and she doesnt live int he same state...we visit each other a few times a year.

I assume it depends on how much you use MMOs as your main entertainment. But I have indeed made well over a dozen GOOD friends (male and female) that I enjoy doing things with outside and inside the game even though we dont play together at all.

I don't see it as strange at all to make lasting friendships from games, and I would and have pulled people with me to other games....and they have pulled me to other games too. Maybe its age related too...Younger people tend to like to go out alot, and have studying to do, and us old people like to stay home and unwind.

Dont pass up a possible friendship just cause you are in a game.

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