I’ve a new phone. It works. Yay… I suppose. Just another piece of technology that will eventually fail. Already its battery didn’t function when I got it. I quickly got a replacement and now everything is fine, so I suppose there is that.
Anyway, I woke up early and was able to catch a certain individual online that I hadn’t spoken with in a long time. We had a nice chat, and I hope to hear from them soon. Apparently in my focus on writing, and then having a job I’ve lost track of time. It had been more than six months since we caught up, and that was likely six months after the last time. It didn’t stop us from talking like we always do. It’s always like that with them, no matter how long it’s been we are able to pick up where we left off. A valuable friend. One I hope to see again in person one day.
So today I would like to talk about friends we meet in this virtual space we call the internet. When I first started communicating with others online it was all just in text. I’d hop from chatroom to chatroom looking for interesting topics I might be able to have a conversation about. Back then it was all yahoo chatrooms for me. I kept myself mostly in the anime rooms, though from time to time I’d head over to the science fiction sections.
I never made many friends in any rooms save the anime ones. Everyone was role-playing as some character, and you never knew who they really were or what they looked like. We all were using Cheetachat back then, and were able to use customized icons. So you could only go by what they said and maybe what icon they chose. It was an interesting time, and I made quite a few friends, though after loosing my password I never found them again save for the few I had added on IQC or AIM. Though after a system crash, and having a poor memory for passwords I lost them as well.
After that I spent a few years away, but I came back with a new account, and found many people using microphones to talk back and forth, while others would just type. That was the first time I had heard a remix for TANK which was the opening theme to an anime called Cowboy Bebop. So for a few months I kept popping back in, though never saying much. I’d be just hanging out to hear what the next best anime was, or to listen to whomever was streaming music to the rest of us.
At that point I think I realized I was ageing out of chatrooms. Everyone there were teenagers, and I had just entered my twenties. Probably why I didn’t say much. I just wanted to talk about anime, but an adult in such rooms were shunned, and rightfully so. So I stopped. It was many years until I went looking again for such a space. At that point MMORPG’s and other virtual words had taken off, and I had just gotten high-speed internet for the first time.
I played WoW for a while, and it was fine. I just didn’t like the idea of having to pay for a game, then pay for the subscription monthly. So after a couple of months I stopped. But I will always miss my hunter and his owl. Then I got really into Linux, or at least trying out several different distro’s. I recalled how excited I always was when installing a new Windows version, so I went wild and tried a dozen or more on an old machine I had lying around.
Turns out Linux was useful as a browser, but had few games. I then started buying magazines about Linux that had distros, and came across an article about a little game called Dofus. I played that game on and off for nearly five years. I got my then wife and her friend addicted and we ran dungeons weekly, if not daily at points. We made a friend there, and I still talk to him now and again to this day.
Another virtual world was found, and I made a dozen or so friends. We talked for hours, and it was great. We outlasted that world, and we still talk now and again. It’s mostly my fault that I’ve lost contact, but I’m accepted back whenever I make the time.
What I’m trying to say is, it doesn’t matter where you find your friends. In fact at times it’s easier when it’s online. Not because there’s anything worse about live interactions, but you are where you are online because of an interest. The more niche the interest, the more likely you’ll find people of a similar mindset.
I haven’t played a game where I’ve met anyone I keep in contact with in many years. But I suppose it would be possible again. And I certainly haven’t been to a chatroom in about fifteen years, but I think there’s a place for people who wish to interact out there. Fun can be had in these new virtual worlds, and friendships built on the hours you spend fighting together, or just making things is well spent in creating long-lasting bonds. My longest lasting friendship wasn’t built on games, but the majority of my others are.
So thank you to those I’ve chatted with. Thank you to those I’ve gamed with. And thank you to those of you I spent hours talking about the random things I’m likely to drone on about. You’ve made my online time worthwhile.
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Update: 1,000 words of a new book written. Several pages edited for the yet unnamed novel.
“True friends are always together in spirit. (Anne Shirley)”
― L.M. Montgomery
– Steven Oaks
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