- I already wanted to write about this, but Larisa's recent post at The Pink Pigtail Inn about loneliness in MMOs pushed this to the top of my blogging queue. I am a de facto anti-social gamer. Back in my youth, I had a group of friends whith whom I shared my love of gaming. Whether it was gathering around the table for a pen-and-paper RPG or playing with or watching someone play a video game, they were my community.
- As I grew up and away from those friends, I naturally gravitated toward single player computer and console video games. I substituted social interaction with more engrossing gaming experiences. But my need for community never truly left me. It was sublimated into the gaming magazines I read and, with the rise of the internet, the websites I followed.
- At the same time, I find myself unable to partake in the greater gaming community. The forums on great websites like Gamers With Jobs and Idle Thumbs are hugely intimidating to me. I mostly avoid guilds and spend my time soloing in my MMOs. I played all the way through Left 4 Dead with bots. I'm the ultimate lurker in the greater internet gaming world.
- As much as I've wrapped myself in the gaming loner blanket, I still couldn't help but find a community of my own. And the best thing is that it all happened right here. Those of you who read and participate, either in the comments or on your own blogs, you are my gaming community. You are the people I turn to when I want to share the great times I'm having. And you're the ones I complain to when I'm frustrated and annoyed. You are all the friends that I've been unconsciously looking for these many years. And it all happened so organically that I didn't realize it until it happened.
- Thank you all for hanging out here. It wouldn't be the same blog, and I wouldn't be the same Anjin, without you.
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