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World of Warcraft: Online gaming future of virtual dating
Massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPGs) such as World of Warcraft (WOW) enable users to connect with others across the globe.
While players connect in the game, they are establishing relationships with each other. Yes, initially, the connections are based on ‘in-world’ connections. But with time, true bonds, and even romantic connections can bloom.
The world in WOW, Azeroth, is one with many places. Players are free to travel, alone, with a group, or as a couple.
Creators of WOW, Blizzard Entertainment have dedicated a great deal of time to making the world real and life-life. In essence, the game has become a play for meeting a potential date!
Compared to the online dating scene where you have to scroll through several hundred personal ads on a matchmaking website, WOW allows you to instantly be thrown into battle, getting to know your peers and perhaps even make a love connection, if that’s what you’re looking for!
In dating relationships, the beginning stages are usually when you are getting to know each other.
When you realize you love someone, you may experience that awkward moment when you want to let them know, but are not sure how to do so. One article candidly explains how a young couple was getting to know each other while playing World of Warcraft.
The woman in the couple blurted out she loved her new beau and quickly logged off! In online gaming, you are able to test the waters in a relatively young relationship at your own pace without the pressure of seeing someone face to face.
This may also ease the transition into making a real-world connection if that is what you would like.
Communication by couples playing together in online games such as World of Warcraft poses new ways for couples to improve how they express affections.
While you may sometimes be in the middle of a battle and can’t really say much to each other, quiet times that exist in Azeroth are many. From shopping for gear, getting trained in your craft, or sitting around fishing with your virtual fishing pole, there are countless ways to spend time quiet time getting to know each other.
Saying I love you can be a big step in any relationship. If it happens online, does it still count? Of course! And it may make the moment you share more special because you were able to really document it in a unique way!
Next time you pick up your avatar picks up his or her virtual sword, keep in mind the next person you meet in the Stormwind auction may be a potential date!
What’s your take on communication in online gaming through MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft? Could you create a successful dating relationship within a virtual world and make a real world relationship from it?