My Online Family Tree: From Bingo Online to Renegade Guilds

Social interactions have changed within the past few years. Letters have become obsolete and we all have that one friend we’ve never seen face to face. The complexities of internet life have bred several close-knit groups that foster the same ideals of the traditional family and camaraderie. But how well do these bonds hold? Will they pass the test of true friendship, whatever that may be?

When internet forums and games first came out, I was one of the first to dive in and test the waters. From the quiet bingo virtual halls to the monster infested dungeons, I’ve found myself surrounded by allies who would readily engage me in a conversation and even lend a hand (or sword, for that matter) when the need arises. Much more complex than your typical Skype or Yahoo Messenger friends, people you meet in these games share a common interest and you often spend a lot of time playing (virtually) by their side. Then one day, you would have to meet these people in an event and you’re torn as to whether you want to keep the mental and digital image of how you know this person or look at them for the first time. I opted to meet some of the people I met at the bingo forums first. Surely, a couple of bingo playing moms would pose a lesser threat than battle axe-wielding kids. I’ve been good friends with them ever since. Apart from the bingo charities we regularly participate in, we also recently attended the CheekyBingo sponsored event called Soho Comedy Club – Funny’s Funny which featured female comedians. Shortly after meeting my extended bingo family, I met my old Perfect World friends and we’ve been hanging out even after we’ve stopped playing the game.

I think that family is where you feel at home. And if that involves people who are not of your blood but shares the same passions as you do, then a family they are. Stay Open OFR Family.