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NCSoft Talks About Online Love Stories

NCSoft announces in game Valentine's Day events and looks at stories of true love among players. Proof that the Internet really is part of our real lives.

Valentines Day events are being hosted in many of NCsoft's massively multiplayer online game worlds, while real love between players has become almost common place.

Some of the Valentines Day events being hosted in NCsoft's online worlds include the following:

In the post- apocalyptic world of Auto Assault, the game is holding the "Valentines Day Massacre" where causing destruction is rewarded with higher loot rewards.

In Lineage II, the "Change of Heart" event pits players against Sprockets the Cat in a high-stakes game of "rock, paper, scissors."

In City of Heroes and City of Villains the "Pocket D Jubilee" allows heroes and villains to join forces in an adventure that rewards them with a heart-patterned costume set.

But one of the most compelling aspects of online gaming is the social aspects which bring players together from all over the world for exciting shared adventures. These shared adventures sometimes bring players close together resulting in long-lasting friendships or even love. In City of Heroes and City of Villains, many couples have been brought together from their online adventures and end up getting married in real life. Additionally, in-game weddings are not uncommon and the game includes a tuxedo costume piece for male characters so they can be appropriately dressed for such events.

Yesterday, players from City of Heroes/Villains were asked to tell there stories of playing the game then meeting in real-life and starting a relationship, and here are some sampling results:

Valentines Day wedding

"I got married on Valentines day 2005 to my wonderful husband! We met in-game back in September of 2004 thanks to our awesome friend we met in game (City of Heroes) as well. It was funny because at that time he was playing a female character as most men do."

Love from England

"We met on City of Heroes in around April of 2005 via our super group. We began talking online, and then in voice chat and finally over the phone. We decided to meet up in real life, so he flew to visit me from America (I lived in England) in September that year. He visited again in November and proposed. We were married last year, June 2nd in America. I just had my immigration interview this January and am now a permanent resident of America and living over here with him."

We should date!

"Almost 2 years ago I met the woman I'm now engaged to. Back then, all we were to each other was The CelticDefender and I'cisse (in City of Heroes). But we started talking and eventually moved from private messages to real life scenarios and feelings over the phone. One day, while I was running a Council mission, I'll be darned if she didn't just blurt out "We should totally date!" I had a small crush on her back then, but it blossomed into what we have to this day. Since then, I up and moved 1700 miles across the country to be with her and we couldn't be happier."

Match made in Paragon

"Around a year ago on the Pinnacle Server I met my boyfriend on a random pick up team. After six months of knowing each other we realized that we really love each other, so he moved from Arizona to be with me, and we've never been happier. All of our friends say 'It's a match made in Paragon.'"

Half naked blond

"I met my wife here on City of Heroes in June of 2004. I was playing my empathy defender with my cousin, who was using a scrapper. We decided to get another person to help level quicker. I looked around and saw a blaster by the name of Pink Jewel. The character was a half naked blonde. We hit it off pretty well. From that point on we pretty much teamed exclusively, and November 22, 2006 we got married. We live together now in Alabama. We still play the game together and had an in-game wedding for our friends."

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