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Player Perspectives - Love Gone Sour

Posted Dec 04, 2009 by Jon Wood

Player Perspectives - Love Gone Sour columnist Jaime Skelton writes this week about relationships born in MMORPGs and how they can be disruptive not only to the couple involved, but to the people around them as well.

Jaime Skelton

With Christmas a few weeks away, it's time we started dusting off the hearts in our chest to look for those warm, fuzzy feelings. Yes, Valentine's Day is a few months away, but I think it's time I turned away from looking at the, us versus them mentality of customers versus the MMO companies, and took a look at a more interesting aspect of gaming: us versus us.

There are a lot of schisms that can happen between players in an MMO environment, but there are none so strange or uncomfortable as those that come from relationships - and not just from break ups. If online dating wasn't awkward enough, imagine doing so in the public presence of hundreds or thousands. Sure, your real face may be on a dating site - but your relationship isn't up to public scrutiny, and when you're done dating one person on a dating site, you can move on to the next without your last haunting you (normally, at least).

Read Love Gone Sour: MMO Relationships.