So I have a problem with making bold proclamations of revival and then not being able to fully keep my word. You see, it’s really hard for me to keep up with something that doesn’t have an apparent reward because I’ve been so busy with things that do. Since I stopped posting on this blog I’ve been finishing my college degree, starting to work in my profession, and dealing with all of the responsibilities that adulthood throws at you. I’ve still been gaming but just haven’t had the motivation to continue this blog. Yet, again, I want to change that. I’ve gotten to befriend some truly awesome people through this medium, and I have never truly wished to give it up. Always planned on returning, but always put it off.
Instead of just talking about how I want to write on here again, I think I’ll just skip that and go straight to talking about something that’s been important to me.
Why is it important to game within a community? Over this past year or so I’ve been able to make friends with fellow gamers at my university. We’ve experimented with the MMO ArcheAge, fought civil wars on our own Minecraft server, brought low the Taken King in Destiny, become a storm of Master Chiefs in Halo, and are now beginning adventures in the land of Tyria. Having people I know I can reliably team up with has improved my gaming life incredibly. We fight and squabble from time to time, but understanding the strengths and weaknesses of those at your side in virtual battle helps improve the experiences that are so important to my life. More recently I’ve made a good friend in a quality Twitch streamer, resulting in my own experiments with streaming.
Sadly, not everyone has these sort of boons. I became a member of the Planet Destiny forum community over the summer, and while there I saw many people coming and requesting for people to play with. So many people are left to play games alone, and often this is fine for many. I know many who prefer to play games alone, even I hold single player, story focused, RPGs as my usual favorites. Yet, the more I incorporate others into my gaming the more I enjoy it, and I don’t plan to stop.
What should you do if a group of fellow like-minded gamers is your desire? Well, as odd as it sounds, the best way to do this is to spend time away from your devices of choice. It is possible to meet people on the internet and form groups this way, and many have done just that. However, in my own experience, I found it difficult to take the steps away from being a “lurker” on the internet. Putting myself out there amongst a land of such critical judgements was difficult and I’ve only done so in particular places. This has resulted in never truly taking the most advantage out of MMOs that I wholeheartedly enjoyed, mainly World of Warcraft. Yet, taking the steps I have in both the real world and the online one has increased my confidence, and since I’m a big lore buff of the Warcraft world I plan on jumping all in on the Legion expansion, hopefully finding a guild that fits my needs and skills as a gamer.
So how do you find fellow gamers in real life? Simply don’t be ashamed of your hobby. Speak out when games are brought up, and make sure to keep up with the current news so that you can bring intelligent thought to the conversation. If a peer begins making false, stereotypical statements about games stand up and discuss the topic. This will show those around you that you’re knowledgeable about the subject and an ambassador for those who are not as comfortable with the social environments of the outside world. Hopefully this will cause those who would have remained silent about their gaming to want to talk to you, and then the real fun can begin.
Is this a perfect way, or is it even the best way? No, probably not. This has just been what worked for me. By wearing a Rooster Teeth shirt at school I met a fellow fan, and from there I was introduced into their already established circle. From there we’ve grown, and as the college life ends for a few of us I’m sure that our gaming habits will keep us together for many times to come. There are sill many inside jokes and memes to come, and hopefully you’ll be able to find your own gaming home if you haven’t already.
Don’t mind our stupid jokes, we were tired and had been working on the fight for a while.