My colleague John Biggs often talks of hanging out with his nerd buddies in his basement, playing games and making crank calls.
Yes, people most certainly log on and play the game.
I saw real romantic relationships begin, grow and die on there.
— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) December 24, 2018
Almost any popular game results in a community of players who connect not only through the common interest of the game itself, but as real friends who discuss their lives, thoughts, dreams, etc.
It’s not shocking, then, that the broader gaming community that tries to emulate them, especially the young men growing up in a world where e-sports are real, tend to do many of the same things.