A few weeks ago, I posted a quick story about how I tend to disappear when in big groups. I noticed this as the party I attended grew far more crowded than I’m comfortable with. Over the past month, I’ve noticed that my disappearing act translates virtually.
I’ve played MMOs since the mid 90s. For a few months while playing the original Everquest and a good year and a half or so while playing Everquest 2, I played with a group of friends I knew in real life. There were groups to be had, quests to be done and fun to be had.
95% of my MMO gaming has actually been a completely solitary experience. I’ve gotten around the limitations of the solo gaming by dual or triple boxing. I don’t interact with other players beyond using the auction houses. God forbid, I join a guild and have to deal with a large group of virtual residents. My MMO experience has been that they are really well made long running single player games.
Twitter? An app I enjoy quite a bit. It’s fun to chit chat and meet new people. It’s probably the venue in life that I’m most social, as sad as that sounds. Even in that space, I tend to avoid people with too many followers. I assume I would get lost in the crowd of their Twitter timeline.
One day, I should consider getting over my self esteem issues that tell me that I’m just a faceless name in the crowd. We will see if that day ever comes.
One final note: this post will be an experiment. Without cross posting the link to Facebook or Twitter, I wonder how many people will read this. My good friend Google Analytics will tell me.