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Old 10-08-2008, 12:06 AM
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Socializers, what makes you tick?
Is it a sense of belonging, the enchantment of finding someone who shares your interests?

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I wasn't legitimately classified as a Socializer by the quiz, but I would consider myself one. What I enjoy most about it, is leaving a lasting impression on those around me. After we're dead, what will remain? Only the connections with others that we have established and how we've effected their lives/experiences.
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:21 AM
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I agree with Shademonger; it's nice to be able to lengthen your existence at least little bit.
Also the added complexity of other people and whatever emerges from that adds to the experience for me.
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Like Shademonger, I wasn't classified as a socialiser but found it to be a huge part of my GW experience (back when I still played).

I agree with what the other two have said. Additionally, for shy people I think the natural attraction of the Internet (being able to converse with a whole lot of people anonymously, and perhaps changing one's persona to match whatever one is too afraid to be IRL) is heightened in the world of an MMO, as you have a common environment in which to 'walk around' and 'hang out' - it's like meeting up with friends IRL, only these guys can't actually see you, so it feels safer.

When I was still fairly new to online multiplayer, I know I found it a lot easier to chat with strangers within the confines of Tyria rather than just in a chat room, where nothing's pushing the conversation forward. But in-game, you see a ranger walk past in cool armour, or a warrior dancing in his underwear on top of a hill, or see some dude trying to trade a terrible sword for 60k, and you have something to fill in the blank, awkward spaces - much like when you're sitting at a cafe with friends and see an awesome car go by, or have the waitress flirting at the next table.
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Soloing is all well and good, but think about what really makes an MMO great. It's the community. Coming together with other people to achieve something is really like nothing else in the world. Finding a guild/clan/team of people that you mesh with and enjoy talking to and playing with. Finding Rivals that you enjoy killing and who enjoy building a rivalry with you. There are so many aspects that make gaming socially fun.
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Seriously though, it was something I could do to talk to other adults after my kids were in bed and without leaving my home, and compared other other forms of entertainment was great on a tight budget.

Since I still spend almost all my time with my kids (I think Cess counts as one too- you'd agree if you had to put up with him 24/7 like I do) it's still an escape for me when I need Mommy time.
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I'm not very social in games - but in the areas around them - forums and such. I find it hard to be chatty and do things ingame at the same time. That said - the friendships I've made in games and this gaming community rock.

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I'm a socializer and the reason I play MMOs is the same reason I play FPS games online. I like to play with other people and I like teamwork. I get the most enjoyment out of MMOs when I'm in a guild and I'm on vent, having fun with people, grouping with people, etc. I hate playing MMOs alone...can't stand it...and that's why I've left most MMOs that I've played.
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I wasnt rated as a "Socializer" either but I find that soloing tends to restrict the longetivity of any game.
When you finally get into a clan on an MMO you find a place where you have responsibilities and duties to fellow players that make the game a lot more rewarding and keeps you playing.
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I got classified both Achiever and Socializer at 60%.
I guess I like the fact of playing with people more than playing against them. That and the fact that you can't have as much fun playing solo as playing with other people. That said, I do enjoy solo games alot, if there's a good story or plot
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