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As we look at what the Internet/Gaming has to offer, it is impossible not to see the great benefits and wealth of knowledge/friendship that it provides. This is the lure we all so often see when we consider the World Wide Web, Gaming (WoW in particular).
However, there are also things out there in that digital world that can become some very real dangers for our home base. This is in reference to bugs, viruses, pornography, and predators.
The predators are looking for innocent minds, easy targets, and free money. Therefore it is imperative that as we surf the Web, we are doing so educated and active about protecting our finances, our families, and ourselves.
These 'predators' are, majorly, complete strangers.
1, 5. Stranger, alien, foreigner all refer to someone regarded as outside of or distinct from a particular group. Stranger may apply to one who does not belong to some group—social, professional, national, etc.—or may apply to a person with whom one is not acquainted. Alien emphasizes a difference in political allegiance and citizenship from that of the country in which one is living. Foreigner emphasizes a difference in language, customs, and background.
Let's look at a few points from this post:
1. Stranger, Alien, and "random" all refer to someone who is left out, or is disregarded to a social group.
2. Stranger can also mean a outcast based of certain ideals.
3. Strangers may appear due to language barriers.
You may be asking, if you read this far, how on earth does any of this relate to World of Warcraft? Please continue reading and allow me to explain further.
Your primary safety on the internet is to avoid anyone you do not know and do not let anyone have your information, even if you know them. But! If that's one of the recommended ways to stay safe, how on Earth are we supposed to play and transcribe within an MMORPG?
Above I told you about how strangers are only after your information to steal any of you financial interests, but that is not the case I see within gaming. Within gaming we have such things like key-loggers or scammers, but those are all third-party and not the average person running DS or RBG groups.
I suppose that the average person in your guild/game may only want to get to know you to kindle a friendship, but we're making this impossible by calling out all strangers and locking them outside particular social groups.
We have the elitists, the noobs, the morons, and the trolls... yet we have all these people but we don't have a server. We fight and bicker because it's nature ...but do we have to always do so? Yes, some competitive nature is good for sport, but not good to build a community out of.
I'm not saying to let anyone come into your guild and take what ever that pleases them; I'm asking you to open up a little and incorporate everyone as a whole. <Insidious Wrath>, though we may be territorial, take all the unwanted and weary and have them become part of a team that works together to combat an overpowering force (Alliance).
A post previously made on this forum depicted that of which what I want to change a little. Though I cannot find the link or the person who created the post, but that post dissected Elywnn's dueling area into something that resembles a High School cafeteria ...we are not children this does not need to happen.
You may not know who you are playing with, so converse with people and hang out with them in game, social interaction (even though in a game that deems antisocial behavior) is a key to a healthy psyche, so I'll start:
Please feel free to share some information about yourself, but only what you feel comfortable with. It does not have to be like mine.
Tl;dr -- Be weary of internet strangers, but keep an open mind when meeting new people and creating social groups.
I play WoW and I'm,
Hello, my name is Dean and I'm a gamer and have been my whole life! I'm only 19 years old, about to turn 20, and I'm an active-serving Army soldier. I have been in the Army for 2.5years and have gone through one deployment to Iraq -- I goto Afghanistan early next year.
Some know that I'm an openly gay gamer, but others of you may not. I joined the Army before the Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal btw, because I wanted to serve ...not because I could do so openly.
I'm 5' 7.5" tall and about 139 lbs of lean muscle.
I plan on getting married within two years to my boyfriend, Joey, of 3years!
Anyway, enough about me please feel free to share yourself, but only share what you're comfortable with.
Edited by Iöve on 8/23/2012 4:55 AM PDT
I play WoW and I'm,
Hello, my name is Tony and I'm a gamer and have been my whole life! I'm only 24 years old, about to turn 25, and I'm an active-serving VoS member. I have been in VoS for 7.5months and have gone through one deployment to Heroic 25 DS -- I goto Mogu'shan Vaults early next expansion.
Some know that I'm an openly straight and handsome gamer, but others of you may not. I joined skype before getting nude on cam was the thing btw, because I wanted to chat ...not because I could do so openly and with my clothes off.
I'm 5' 11" tall and about 214 lbs of latin man.
I plan on getting married within two years to my girlfriend, who I haven't met yet, of 6years (of age)!
Anyway, enough about me please feel free to share yourself (and ladies, in-game mail those skypes), but only share what you're comfortable with.
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