Every day, there are announcements and ads from Dragon Oath players seeking marriage. So far, this is no different than the real world, where finding a marriage partner is an important life transition. But in Dragon Oath, the demographics are a little different - players as young as thirteen are contemplating in-game marriage, and boys are just as enthusiastic about the prospect of marriage as girls.
A lot of this has to do with the in-game benefits for being married, which are significant. Married couples can cast special "Buffs" (stat enhancement spells) on their partners, can instantly teleport to their spouse's side, and have access to special items through couples-only quests. There are also various options for the couple's wedding day, ranging from a modest ceremony with a few friends, to an elaborate event with expensive gifts for guests.
In Dragon Oath, relationships between players are seen as important, and there are ways in the game to honor these connections. Friendships can be cemented by declaring the other player to be kin. Mentor relationships can be formalized as the bond between Master and Apprentice, complete with an in-game title marking them as such. And of course interactions between members of a guild, and between guilds, remain an essential part of socialization.
As long as romantic love and marriage continue to carry such benefits in Dragon Oath, we can expect players to remain interested in this kind of union. There is a Matchmaking Event planned for next week (3-8 p.m. PST on Wednesday the 14th) to help introduce singles who are interested in marriage to like-minded players.
In a lot of games, the goal is to be the most powerful player, an individualistic goal that can get a bit lonely. In Dragon Oath, the most powerful player is one who has formed a caring, cooperative bond with someone else. That's a mentality that we would love to encourage - to show young people that true strength involves the support of other people.
Love may not conquer all... but in Dragon Oath, it sure helps beat those tough bosses.
- Lucy Song