Who says WoW friends aren't real friends?
As if love in WoW wasn't enough to get me all warm and fuzzy, reading things my blog friends write is also enough to do the same.
I can't help but laugh today, as Tome, in her usual hilarious and charming way, has described her... hmm, TERROR is not quite the word, but she asks for forgiveness beforehand because our friend JD of Amateur Azerothian is having a raid party as a final farewell to him stopping playing this addictive game. He says he'll still write though, which is a good. JD really wants Tome to go: he said this and I was all "OMG that's so nice!!"
We could wipe for an hour on the first pull and I wouldn’t care so long as you come with us.Tome says she wants to, but she feels like she'd be a dead weight. Well, dead, literally! I have to quote what she said in her excuses because it's so funny:
1. My performance would be strictly bush league, if that. I have never raided and I’m easily distracted by pretty colors and effects. I’ve noticed when I watch videos of raids I rarely notice bosses or anything, I’m just kinda groovin’ on the light show and sounds and the pretty colored puddles on the floor. Just saying.2. I fall off things … a lot. From viewing a video this looks like a potential problem in this fight.3. I run off things a lot. Yes, there’s a theme emerging here, I’ll get to it.4. I get lost ALL THE TIME. Don’t know if that’d be an issue here but if I die the likelihood of you ever seeing me again is pretty low cause I’ll never be able to find you.5. I only kitty Druid moderately well. As I’m usually alone, I tend to forget I can heal or bring the dead back to life, you have to poke me and yell at me to remind me, and then I think I only have about 52 mana.6. At some point in the evening I can no longer SEE. This is part of why I fall and run off things, that and being a nitwit. I have very bad allergies so certain times of the year my contacts become unbearably painful to keep in. This can happen anytime between 5:00 and 8:00pm eastern depending on pollen count. And then you’ll be stuck with a blind raid noob Druid probably running about willy nilly, bumping into everything in there shouting, “Yay! Am I helping guys, huh, am I, is this the waaaaaaayyyyy … oops.”
Gosh, that woman had me in stitches. Good old Tome. If Faith was reading this she could empathise, I'm sure! But I just wanted to say it was nice to read about good friendships forged online, it makes me feel happy.
It's funny, I think, how you meet people. The people whose blogs I read and follow and comment on the most are those that I met in Blog Azeroth shared topics. Thanksgiving was the big one. And the 15 days of Screenshots. And somehow those whose writing seems to grab you seem to be the ones who respond best to your own comments. Isn't that funny? I think that all the people I like best seem to also be some of the most frequent visitors to my blog.
Which comes to the point about online friends not being real friends. I get told that a lot by people who don't do online socialising. People think that people on the other end of a computer screen are somehow fake, or not real, or pretending. "How do you know they're not an axe murderer? A paedophile?" I get asked a lot. How do you know anyone is or isn't something terrible? You just have to know them for a while, and if they had any sinister machinations towards you, it should have shown up after a few months if not a year. Well, that's what I think.
With the younger generations, socialising online may be changing with the whole Facebook and friends thing. I'm not on Facebook, but I compare it to the social part of WoW. It's not that I don't have real friend in the real world, but when you have an interest, you tend to gravitate towards those with the same interest. So of course, my WoW friends, become my real friends. After all, you spend 12 hours a week with them online playing a game - do you not think that if you spent 12 hours playing Bridge or Tennis or Rugby with the same people every week, you wouldn't become friends with them? Of course you would! Even now, if I had to name 5 people I would like to talk to, 3 of them would be WoW friends.
I did try to Twitter for the longest while, I think I made an account to participate in that Thanksgiving event I mentioned earlier, and I found it was a good way to promote my blog. However, it got a bit too much for me, I coudn't keep up with all the tweets, and for a few months I was addicted to looking at it every few minutes! I have since stopped using it, and I haven't missed it that much. I have gone back to good old email when I want to tell people something.
Somehow I seem to have veered from what I really wanted to talk about. And that was friends online. Relationships and friendships online can sometimes feel more profound than real ones. Why is that? Because you rely on your written word to convey your friendship. There's no distractions with looks, it's merely your mind, your words, your behaviour. And what is friendship if not the meeting of two minds?
"Your greatest fortune is in the friends you have. Especially tanks."