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Posted: Nov 12th 2011 8:04AM Wisdomandlore said

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Never a funeral, but I have attended a "Going Away to Prison" party.

Posted: Nov 12th 2011 8:16AM FrostPaw said

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No, if it was someone I knew...possibly.

Posted: Nov 13th 2011 7:28PM Graill440 said

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@FrostPaw

This ^

...and only if i knew the person in real life. Internet aquaintances do not count, no matter how long we played together.
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Posted: Nov 12th 2011 8:35AM peyo01 said

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I did attend some marriages, yes, but a funeral, I never did.

And I don't like the idea. Why mimic one of the saddest moments of real life in a game ? I don't understand how someone can find it entertaining except perhaps someone who never attended real funerals... And how can funerals happen in a MMO where your character cannot die ?

Eulogy or funeral for another player who passed away is a different situation. It is a social event I can understand, and normal behavior for a community or group of players reacting to a dramatic real life bad turn.

Posted: Nov 12th 2011 8:46AM Drannos said

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@peyo01

Agreed that character funerals are pointless, but I have attended a funeral for a player who passed away. As with any community, online or otherwise, a funeral is for those who have lost someone for whom they care; our guild leader and founder passed away after a very long battle with cancer, and it had a significant impact on everyone involved. Moreso his real family, of course, but we all knew him well, followed and supported him through his illness, and when he died it hit our entire guild very hard.

I've been to my share of real-life funerals, and I can say that the in-game ceremony for the passing of a friend was no less a real funeral. His wife and kids (who are also still in our guild to this day), were in attendance and it was probably the single biggest gathering I've seen in-game. Friends are friends no matter how you meet them or where you make them, and it was important, and inspiring, to see so many people come pay their respects.
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Posted: Nov 12th 2011 12:27PM peyo01 said

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@Drannos
I am sure those IG funerals you describe were very important for everyone in your guild. I am positively amazed by the strength of the bonds created through socializing in a MMO. As you say, friends are friends no matter how they met.
I assume this terrible drama has changed your guild forever, but the IG ceremony was for sure a major step in the grieving process for many of you. Thanks for sharing and hat off for your regretted friend.
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Posted: Nov 12th 2011 9:04AM jakofascalon said

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Let me be the first to say "in-game" funerals are easily the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. However, in Drannos's example, I completely respect that.

Posted: Nov 12th 2011 9:06AM MrWarlock said

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I have attended a funeral for a very dear in-game friend in UO she lost her life very suddenly and it came as a great shock for everyone who knew her.

The GM's gave her a real nice send off. This was the only time in 5 years of playing no one spamed or PKed anyone.

The shrine they made is the same house she used as a crafter in the very same location. You can rarely find a community's like these in todays mmo's where players mean so much to each other.

Posted: Nov 12th 2011 9:32AM dudes said

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Only if I can bring a 'donate loot here' bag with me.

Posted: Nov 12th 2011 9:52AM Samcha said

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Actually held a funeral for a friend who committed suicide, the game was Star Wars Galaxies. We named our city after him too.

Posted: Nov 12th 2011 9:54AM keiklo said

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Yes, Unfortunately it wasn't only a loss of an in-game character but also the untimely loss of a good friend and member of the community, She will be remembered by those who's lives she touched and game play she impacted.
This event was attended not only buy hundreds of players but also the dev and Producer of the game.....
R.I.P. JMara (Starider, SWG)

Posted: Nov 12th 2011 10:02AM Elikal said

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Hm, no. I was in several ingame marriages, my own included. I remember visiting two graves for a dead gamer by the name "Lord Brinne", who had gravestones in Ultima IX and a tomb in Morrowind, and I think also Might and Magic 8. Since I met him a few times in forums, back then and he was a friendly person, I know I made some small prayer at his three tombs in those games.

May he rest in peace.

And why not. If a gamer dies in RL, and he was active in game community, making a memorial of sorts in a MMO is something, if made decend, something worthy and good. Tho I never experienced that in a MMO.

Posted: Nov 12th 2011 10:45AM aaradun said

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I couldn't call it a funeral per say, but i did watch a guy delevel from lvl 50 to 1 in EQ. We could call that a funeral i guess

Posted: Nov 12th 2011 10:54AM (Unverified) said

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i'm against funerals. I think death is overrated.

Posted: Nov 12th 2011 11:14AM (Unverified) said

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Was part of the Serenity Now WoW crash. I didn't know the person but many of my friends and guildies did so I showed up to pay my respects. I also had enough time to take my formal wear off and place my T1 set on to kill one of the SN people before dying myself, lol.

The fight at the time seemed so disrespectful at the time, but now some 5 years later, it kinda immortalized her name and spirit. In the end we all payed respects, and we still talk about her epic send-off to this day.

Posted: Nov 12th 2011 12:16PM tooright said

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@(Unverified) She loved fishing

and snow

and PVP
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Posted: Nov 12th 2011 12:27PM Seldra said

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Even to this day I remember that. Her name will certainly live forever in WoW history.
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Posted: Nov 12th 2011 6:05PM Faction 3 said

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I never really paid attention to the SN Funeral Bomb video, the Misfits song always took my attention away from the on-screen happenings.

Misfits.

Rule.
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Posted: Nov 12th 2011 11:38AM Irem said

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We held an ingame memorial for an officer and much-loved member of our RP guild in WoW. I actually don't recall much of what we did, looking back on it, because it was kind of a horrific time for all of us (her death was very sudden and unexpected), but I do remember laying candles in her favorite places during the ingame Day of the Dead event.

I miss you, little bird.

Posted: Nov 12th 2011 12:02PM Bramen said

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Dude, if a guild mate dies in real life, go to the real life funeral. Or send real flowers or something. Log off and reflect that real life just ended for someone. Don't view it as another way to stay entertained with your mmo addiction.

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