For the longest time, I have been tempted to play an MMORPG like World of Warcraft just to see whether my experiences would differ from what this girl experienced. I play Guild Wars, but this game isn’t defined as an MMORPG, because it lacks the “massive” part of the equation — e.g. you and your group get your own instance of the gameworld, and there is no way that you can meet other players randomly whilst questing.
Despite not having had the special experience of someone disbelieving my very existence, reading that article induces frustration and exasperation at the male online gaming populace, because I know it’s all true. The anecdotes in the article are played out every single day. It’s difficult to argue rationally against the argument that, if you don’t show your picture on the internet, you must not exist. Even if one showed one’s picture to prove one’s existence, they would simply argue that you stole the picture from someone and that it’s not really you. Even using their flawed logic against them, “You don’t exist because you’re not showing your pic!” probably wouldn’t work, since the cacophony of their voices would likely drown out my lone voice of reason.
Playing WOW would be an expensive way to slake my curiosity. Every so often, a couple of people I know will bug me about getting into WoW. This has been going on for months and months. How could I possibly justify spending over $200 a year on a game in which I’d play no more than two hours per day, on most days, if that? Anyway, the article is a good read.