Some people in this world will have you believe that the invention and video games has led to a generation kids, maybe some who are now adults, that are anti social and can not function in the real world. This may be true in a very few "extreme" cases, but over all do you feel that video games have hampered your social abilities? And have turned you into a "loner"?
I would like to share a story with everyone, I will try and keep it short, but I don't want to make it seem like just some short-term relation ships either. The story is about a group of gamers that met (via the net) almost 10 years ago now, the story of a clan named Killers With Issues, or [KWI] for short.
April 11th, 1999... I know this date well because it was the day before the Chicago Cubs home opener (what would have been my 8th in a row), and I had just moved the weekend before from Chicago to Baltimore. Because of that move, my home opener streak has what all baseball fans know as a ( * ) next to my name when it comes to records. With that little symbol there I can proudly say I have attended 16 Cubs Home Openers in a row... but I digress.
On or around mid June of 1999 I became the leader/boss of a great group of cellular technicians for my company. Out of the initial 50 + employees that I would be in charge of, 8 of them were Regional Managers... One of them was Lt_Wiz.
During a break in our first meeting together, the subject of video gaming (specifically PC gaming) came up and soon Lt_Wiz and I realized that we had been playing the same game over recent months, the game we all became to know and love of Half-Life.
As Wiz and I started to work together more and more we started playing in the same servers, Wiz in Florida and myself in Maryland. Probably some time around our second meeting we discussed how much we had been playing, and how cool some of the people we met on line seemed to be. Well to make a long story short, within minutes during that meetings lunch break we had our name, TGP (Techs Gone Postal) was born! Now all we had to do was recruit more people.
Over the course of a few months we continued to play and play and play.... and seemed to find a home in Severians Torture Chamber. We got to know Sev pretty good during those months, he was very nice to us and let us run the server, giving us access to everything. The Torture Chamber became the home for [TGP].
Probably some time around late 1999 or early 2000 we started playing with all sorts of great people who would visit the Chamber on a regular basis. You can still find our original site here http://members.tripod.com/tgpclan
I'm going to take some wild guesses now when it comes to dates and stuff. But I'm going to say that it was probably around the end of 2001, maybe early 2002 when one of our members got us sucked in to DOD. It did not take us long, probably a few weeks, maybe even just days before we decided this was to be the new path for TGP, or actually just a new branch to the mother clan. KWI was born, and man we had no idea what we were in for!
We were probably in the midst of being really bored with Half-life, and TGP when this new game gave us some new excitement! We had just started meeting Ziggy, Merc, Q_jaxon (was that his name?) Danny, Dead, Dole, Asty and some others when we picked up 1.3. GOD do you remember those blood soaked fights? QOR, the 101st..... GAWD DAMN we had some fun!
Most [TGP] members did not come over to the dark side with us, because "how could that game be fun?" Well, it was so much fun that we found ourselves competing (this was not a friendly game like HL) and becoming bigger and better members of the DOD community. It was not long before Lt_Wiz became an admin for the STA League.
Remember those great days? Remember Glock? Remember WW2.0 the tournament? Where it was the best of the European teams Vs the best of North America? I broadcast that final match, we had almost 5000 people tune to listen and watch via HLTV.
It's been a great 8-9 years now that we have spent together, some of us have branched off into other things, but for the most part we still all hang out at least every once and a while!
Can you see what I am getting at here? Some great, true friendships can be forged on-line. Even though we are still mostly voices on the other end of a internet connection, many of us have met in real life even though we are spread out from coast to coast and even in other countries! We have gone through childbirths, illnesses, celebrated birthdays and anniversaries and have even grown old together, our oldest member is 50 something!
Yes the Internet can sometimes be a dangerous place, but it can also be a place to meet like-minded people that will be friends for life. I know, 100% that I would not have met any of my current online friends in real life if it were not for the social aspect of gaming.
Who else out here has had similar experiences? Do you feel online games create social issues?
If you would like to stop by and say hello, and maybe make some new friends please visit http://www.kwiclan.com/