Online Gaming Real Life Relationships

Attended the panel about how online relationships really can have an impact on our everyday “real” lives.  Derek Nolan (2old2play.com), Stewart Nacht (CheapAssGamer.com), Derrick Schommer (2old2play.com), Dane Tullock (2old2play.com), and Julie Furman (SFX360.com) made up the panel and presented a nice look into their lives how online gaming and online communities have played a part of their lives.

Building off the relationships you make online, whether in games or in online forums, can help many aspects of daily life.  As an older gamer who finds less and less free time on his hands, I find it easier to escape online for the couple late hours I might have.  Those hours may not be much but it’s also my chance to catch up with those that I don’t see or hear from on a daily basis.  Without these online communities to fill in the gaps that continue to grow in the offline world, I would be nothing more then a couch potato.

I thoroughly enjoyed this panel and am glad to see a subject like this discussed with great personal experience.

We’d like to hear how others have benefited from an online interaction.  How was your “real” life affected?  How do you view the online communities you play in (informative or immature)?

Let us know in the comments.

Written by Bryan

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  1. Derek Nolan says:

    Thanks for the kind words about our panel. One of our main goals was to encourage people to make that leap from the online world to the “real” world, and to grow and foster those friendships in new and interesting ways. From the positive feedback we received after the panel, I think we’re going to see more and more people extending their friendships this way. Glad you enjoyed your hour with us.

    Derek “DSmooth” Nolan
    Co-Founder, 2old2play.com
    Host, 2old2type Radio podcast

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    • Bryan says:

      No problem. Like I told Derrick, it was nice to hear this subject talked about and using such personal experience. I found many of the panels at PAX were more concerned with throwing the audience a mic. Yours actually was informative while still being humorous.

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  2. Bryan,

    Glad you enjoyed the panel, hopefully you found it light and entertaining :-) I’m almost certain this will become normal everyday interaction as technology grows and people become more connected and feel more confident about their experiences with others.

    Remember, you’ll probably meet some real asses online but for every stupid person you meet, there are five more that can become great friends if given a chance.

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    • Bryan says:

      Thanks Derrick,
      I attended as many panels as I could during PAX (damn those long lines). I have to say yours had more thought behind it then others that seemed to just throw the audience a mic and ask questions, most of which were unproductive. Sorry I have not joined your site sooner but I am now a proud member of 2old2play.com

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