Virtually in a relationship

Silver Elf

I’ve never played World of Warcraft. I know a lot of people have and I certainly don’t have anything against people who do play it.

I just find that my time is usually consumed by more important, serious things, like going to the pub.

Speaking of which, I recently returned home from a night out at the public house to find two of my flatmates sitting at the dining table, ignoring each other, tapping away vigorously at their laptops. They are boyfriend and girlfriend – a couple very much in love. So why the lack of conversation? Had the relationship hit to rocks? They spoke not one word to each other. Or so I thought.

As it turned out, they were having a good old natter across the table in the virtual world. They were, of course, playing World of Warcraft, happily slaying creatures and completing quests together. The relationship was very much intact.

Although I couldn’t help feel that actually talking to each other with real, proper, voices while sitting in the same room together might make for a healthier and more fulfilling relationship.

It was interesting to hear that Blizzard, the maker of World of Warcraft, will soon be trialling in-game micro payments, enabling players to use real money to purchase goods in the game. Previously, players had to leave the house to make such purchases in the real world.

I can’t wait to tell my flatmates about it. But I think I’ll have to create a character and enter World of Warcraft before they’ll be prepared to talk about. Maybe I’ll even get hooked and start dating a night elf!

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