I know the title of this post may sound slightly extreme but in a lot of ways it’s honestly not that far off from the truth.
For those of you who may not be all that into the world of gaming, MMORPG stands for Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game and is exactly as it sounds!
Games that you can play with many others online (across the entire world usually nowadays) which can vary in setting and game-play but typically are more fantasy based but not limited to this particular genre.
They mostly involve designing a character, picking a class, leveling up, taking quests, events, and plenty of other activities revolved around this basic concept primarily.
With all types of games and genres there will typically always be a sense of community in which you can share your interest with others who enjoy it as well!
In MMORPGs, however, community is almost the most important aspect that can make or break a particular game!
Meeting other players in game, helping each other complete the aforementioned quests, partying up, and maybe even forming or joining a guild (a group of many players) stands at the forefront as one of the most defining features of the genre!
These types of games can involve some type of story line (if any at all) but even when they do, more often than not, it’s usually not even worth paying attention to or you slowly begin to lose interest in it over time. I can only think of a very slim number of games in which this was an exception at least for me personally.
While, the graphics, classes, abilities, combat styles, etc. all influence whether I will usually even try a new potential game, what always make me stay is the friends I make in the process!
I know this might sound like a crazy concept to call people you meet online actual friends, whether it be in a game or not, but I feel like especially in this day and age how can this not be the case?
Some friends I’ve made from games I’ve played over the years that I have long since stopped playing I still regularly communicate with through various means and have made life lasting bonds in some cases! I mean you talk to, interact with, have fun with doing various activities while playing the game itself or just being social.
What makes this any different than what you would do with friends “in real life?”
I’ve had real conversations and experiences with people that have helped me get through some of the hardest times of my life, as well as me doing the same for them!
This above all else, as stated above, is the main reason I have always continued to play at least one of these types of games almost my entire life since my early teens!
I feel even more so for myself that this was such a great experience for me was because I was transgendered. It was always a place that I could fully be myself and that was always an amazing escape from my “regular life.” It honestly even helped me once I started to transition because it helped me “readjust” to myself socially in a sense?
Granted, this is not at all something that needs to be limited to my specific circumstances! I feel it can be just as beneficial for others who may not have many friends or feel like an outcast for example, to be able to gain an opportunity to make real connections with others.
I know plenty may not feel these can qualify as “real connections” but I ask once again, why is this any different than any other type of relationship?
In a sense, how many other activities can allow you to interact with so many different types of people from all across the globe simultaneously?
It truly is nothing short of amazing to me in so many ways!
As I often tend to do with my posts, I bring this particular interest of mine to attention not just strictly to express my love for it, but also to potentially open up the idea for someone else to try it if they may have never done so before!
Gaming in general has made many strides in all levels of society over the years and I’m so happy that it has because it’s an amazing unique hobby to have in my opinion!
Thank you so much for Reading!
Till next time!
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4 thoughts on “Media Mondays! MMORPGs! They have Saved my Life more than Once!”
Yeah, I see your point. I used to love video games when I was a kid. But this was back in the Super Nintendo days. I can imagine that it would be even more fun to play video games and meet people online at the same time. I work remotely and I have never met my co-workers in person, but I do feel like we have a genuine relationship. To me, nothing beats a face to face relationship, though. 🙂
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Hey, don’t get me wrong I grew up on the classics, I’m just saying this was a whole other style of gaming I’ve always loved, haha! I like that you are able to still agree with the points I make in another fashion thou! Thank you so much for letting me hear your thoughts! 😄
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I think I would like them too. Haven’t played in awhile. The last game I played was one called LA Noire. That was fun, but it kind of creeped me out. Hahahaha
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Can’t say I’ve played that one, sadly I slack a lot more on the newer games then I do old school gaming. 😆