Gaming has always been regarded with a great deal of skepticism, people deeming it an unhealthy medium where players learn how to be violent, become addicted to sitting all day at their computer and live a lazy life. But these inspiring stories that display incredible friendships blooming thanks to online games will totally tip the balance towards the positive aspects of playing online games and getting in touch with people form all over the world.
Best Friends from GTA Meet In their Favorite Game Location
For the general public, Grand Theft Auto is just an overly violent video game where players gang up in order to rob banks, shoot people and run over pedestrians, but when played online with other likeminded gamers, it can turn into the perfect place to meet people that can become your best friends. Nikkievercetti and King Duncan made a statement about the connective power online games have when they met for the first time IRL after playing GTA online together for about one year. Of course, they chose to meet in their favorite spot that inspired the pier from Los Santos.
Couple Gets Engaged in Game and Then in The Real Life
Getting married in a video game is not unheard of, in fact, many players were doing this kind of thing in popular games like World of Warcraft, for example. Marie and Jay Coulbeck crafted some killer avatars for themselves in the 3D chat room IMVU and after interacting almost daily, they decided to get engaged, virtually. Even though their real-life personas didn’t physically match the perfection of their online ones, these two lovebirds ended up getting married IRL, in one of the most heart melting love stories online gaming has ever seen.
Online Friends Meet IRL after One Gets Terminal Cancer Diagnosis
A group of six online players have been getting together in games for about five years without meeting in person until one of them started receiving treatment for cancer. Even though they only interacted with each other online, once they met in the real world, they immediately bonded as if they knew each other since forever. Such a moving story finally sheds some positive light on the video game industry that is usually blamed for perpetuating violence, addiction and an anti-social behavior.
Halo 3 Sessions Start a Life Long Friendship
Yet another exceptional story about the powerful social component video games have is that of two complete strangers who became best friends in the real world after playing Halo 3 for several years. As the protagonists of this story describe it, they would have never met if it wasn’t for online gaming, one of them living in California, and the other one in Washington. What’s even more amazing is that they became such good pals, they met several times over the years and even got together to go on a trip to the Bahamas.
Group of Friends Finally Meets to Play D&D IRL
A Reddit post where a user tells his inspiring story of how he and six other friends finally got to see each other in real life after their only interaction was through online gaming sessions got upvoted about 4 thousand times. A Dungeons & Dragons game that started at 9 p.m and ended at 3 a.m is what brought them together for the first time in real life, the entire experience being described as immensely entertaining and meaningful, as you would expect.
Young Rapper Meets 86-Year-Old Grandma He’s Been Words-with-Friends With
Spencer and Roz have, perhaps, the most unusual of friendships, the 64-year age gap that separates them being seen as a major impediment that would have never been broken if they would have first met in real life. What brought them together though, was the Scrabble-like game Words with Friends and after playing more than 300 games together, Spencer finally went to Florida to meet his new best friend in the flesh.
Dad Becomes Best Friends with Xbox Buddy
After seven years of intense gaming on the Xbox, these two buddies finally got to meet each other in real life too and their encounter was a true celebration that was documented in the most genuine of ways by one of the gamers’ daughter. The photos of the pair immediately went viral on Twitter, people being encouraged to talk about their own new age gaming friendship tales. This story became so popular, that even Xbox got on the bandwagon and created a Gif of the BFFs.
Guy Makes Xbox Friend Who He Never Met IRL His Best Man
There isn’t a stronger piece of evidence that online friends are exactly like real life ones than this story about an in-game friendship that lasted for 15 years and reached its peak when one of the guys decided to make the other one the best man at his wedding even though they have never seen each other outside of the virtual world. This immense amount of trust they shared shows that establishing strong bonds doesn’t necessarily require a physical contact.